Six Months to Live (Dawn Rochelle Series #1)

Six Months to Live (Dawn Rochelle Series #1)

by Lurlene McDaniel

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Six Months to Live (Dawn Rochelle Series #1) by Lurlene McDaniel

Thirteen is supposed to be a great age—dances, cheerleading, boys—but she never thought it would also include cancer. Dawn Rochelle is about to face the toughest fight of her life—a fight she has to win. Otherwise, she has only six months to live.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781581960037
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/15/2003
Series: Dawn Rochelle Series , #1
Edition description: A Dawn Rochelle Novel
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 468,854
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.95(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range: 12 - 15 Years

About the Author

Everyone loves a good cry, and no one delivers heartwrenching stories better than Lurlene McDaniel.


But there's more to her books than that. McDaniel has written over 40 novels about kids who face life-threatening illnesses, who sometimes do not survive. These are powerful, inspirational stories about courage, love, and strength in the face of overwhelming trauma. McDaniel’s books touch the hearts and spirits of the teenagers and adults who read them. Her following is a devoted group of appreciative fans. McDaniel says: "These are books that challenge you and make you think."



Some readers—and their parents—have wondered why McDaniel chooses to write about sad situations. "I tell them that sometimes tragedy hits people—kids, too. They want answers. They want to know 'why.' By using novels, I show ordinary kids confronting and overcoming great odds." McDaniel's books are ultimately optimistic and life-affirming.



McDaniel began writing about young adults when her son Sean was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of 3. His illness changed the lives of everyone in her family forever. "I saw what life was like for someone who was chronically ill, and I experienced how it affected the dynamics of the family," says McDaniel. She says she found that writing about the trauma and its effects was therapeutic.



To make certain that her books are medically accurate, McDaniel conducts extensive research. She interviews health care professionals and works with appropriate medical groups and hospice organizations, as well as the Tennessee Organ Donor Services. "I study medicine and traditional grief therapy techniques to give the novels a sense of serious medical reality," she says. "I also study the Bible to instill the human element—the values and ethics often overlooked by the coldness of technology."

Growing up, McDaniel lived in different parts of the country because her father was in the Navy. Eventually her family settled in Florida. She attended the University of South Florida in Tampa, where she earned a B.A. in English. She now lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.



In addition to her popular YA novels, McDaniel has written radio and television scripts, promotional and advertising copy, and a magazine column. She is a frequent speaker at schools, writers’ conferences, and conventions.


McDaniel's books have been named to several bestseller lists, including Publishers Weekly. Three of her novels were selected by children as IRA­CBC Children’s Choices: Somewhere Between Life and Death, Too Young to Die, and Goodbye Doesn’t Mean Forever. Six Months to Live has been placed in a literary time capsule at the Library of Congress, to be opened in the year 2089.

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Flhut More than 1 year ago
This is a small book every young girl or boy should read. Facing a terminal illness at 13 is a reality and for Dawn it happened. One ages fast but in a good way when one goes through chemo and the reality and death now a close companion. Friends become more important and so does life. Yet old friends drift away, scared of who you are now. The little things of life so important to a 13 year old is not so important to one facing death as an ongoing companion, yet it is true for all of us even if we don't have cancer. This is about a 13 year old girl who wants to live but is scared of what it takes to fight cancer. Even if she beats the cancer will she ever be "normal?" But the book is not about cancer but about living with cancer and fighting it and going on with life enjoying ever moment we have here. She meets others with cancer at a summer camp and has the greatest time of her life. She finds the best friend ever and share the same challenges. But Dawn is on the road to reality not fantasy and must face it all; life, death, suffering. She will never be the same girl she was before she came down with cancer, but she can be a much better person if she has the courage to push on. I found this a fascinating read and the author did a really great job in putting it together. There are gems in this book that will stay with you for a very long time. The reader will find themselves part of this battle of life and will also come away a better person. And the two main characters will be close to you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the book is a great book to read, and I do suggest it for other people to read because, there are no dull moments during the book, it keeps on making a new plot to read about. I think the book also showed what having cancer is like and how hard it can be on a person. Like Dawn who is my favorite character (main character), she went through losing her hair, getting very skinny, and losing friends because they were so scared of her. They didn’t ever know what to say to dawn and cut her off as she lost her hair. Also Dawn didn’t want to see her friends because she could feel their judgement. I disagree with the negative comments posted because, they say she acts like she is 7 years old because she found a “bff” which doesn’t imply anything except that she has a close friend. Her close friend helped through so much that that reader didn’t pick up on. It’s okay to say someone is your best friend because, if they treat you right it shouldn’t matter what other people think of you guys as friends. My favorite quote from the book is “I don’t need a head doctor” (McDaniel 28) because it was so hard for Dawn the grasp the feeling that she had cancer and her whole life was about to change. Eventually she opened up more in the end and she was okay. I 100% recommend this book.
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I have read this book many times and I still fall in love with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 10 and i have read this book a million times at least i am a bookworm and i love this book it telks about dawn having to face cancer and she met a friend and they went to camp together and all that. I think about how hard it must be to stay strong and jow hard it is on her family and how her friends dont have anything in common anymore and it is worth the money any day i suggest tha everyone reads it cuz it changed my perspective of many things and made realize the reality that kids can get cancer and their whole lives can get turned upside down by it. It makes me cry everytime and i think about it months after i finish reafing it. I can quote the book by now becuz i red it so my times and alays think about it. I very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very highly recommend this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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This book is truly an AMAZING book! I enjoyed every part of it! I would recomend this book to middle schoolers and up. I hope you enjoy reading this book! I sure did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stayed up watching this all night. I let my best friends borrow my NOOK so they could read it too. I read it right before my uncle was diagnosed with cancer which was like a week ago. Now I can understand what he is going through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is inspiring and I enjoyed it very much. I reccomend it to someone who'd enjoy a good,natural story. This story is perfect for any age. Goodluck!
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Six Months to Live. This book was mind catching I couldn't take my eyes off of it, Lurlene really knows how to put her heart into her stories especially in Six Months to Live. McDaniel began writing about young adults when her son Sean was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of 3. His illness changed the lives of everyone in her family forever. Her stories are powerful, inspirational stories about courage, love, and strength in the face of overwhelming trauma. McDaniel's books touch the hearts and spirits of the teenagers and adults who read them even mines. When 13-year-old Dawn Rochelle is diagnosed with leukemia, she's scared. While in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy, Dawn meets Sandy, who also has cancer. Dawn and Sandy battle the disease together, and remain best friends even after they both go into remission and return home. But when Sandy gets sick again, Dawn wonders what the future holds both for Sandy and herself. I really enjoyed reading this book. It makes you think twice about the way you look at life and that you only live once, so enjoy it. The book had me on edge page by page and I just couldn't out the book down. It was also informative because it gave you the reader many life facts about cancer and how many young patients deal with it. I agree with the way she explained how children cope with having a deadly disease at such a young age. This book makes me revise how I think of people and the way I treat people. I don't know what people go through at home so I'm quick to hear and slow to speak.
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This book is the best book on the planet to me. It starts of about a little girl you is 13 years old and she just found out that she has leukemia cancer. A cancer that makes you sick from all of the drugs you have to take and it also makes you loose your hair. At first she is very sad and depressed because she is alone in the hospital and she is loosing her hair. This story is about a little girl who is 13 years old and she has just found out that she has cancer. Dawn Rochelle goes in the hospital for remission and she meets Sandy. They like to go to remission with each other; they find it comfortable for each other. The girls become real good friends and start to do everything and anything together. Until one day Dawn finds something very terrible about Sandy. This book to me was very catching and sad but in most places it was very joyful also. When I first read the part when Dawn found out she had cancer that really brought some tears to my eyes, and it was like I couldn't stop. This book" Six Months to Live" is the best book you could possibly read. I myself don't like to read but I will only read these books.If you really want to find out if Dawn overcomes her cancer you should really read this series, because it gets interesting. Another thing you might want to find out is what happens to Sandy I'm sure the people that has read this book are all dying to know because I was.
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I absolutly loved this book. I am also 13 years old and reading this made me think of how easy your life can change. it has also tought me to be thankful to be cancer free at this age. Once I started reading the series I couldn't stop. They were great.
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This book is one of the best books i've read is just amazing i love it.! from beginning to end. One of Lurlene's best books.