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Cold Hands, Warm Heart by Jill Wolfson

October 30, 2012

Cold hands, Warm Heart by Jill Wolfson. Pub.Walker Books, 2012.

I have never read a book like this before and it is very good for teens and anybody who wants to know about organ transplants.

Dani was born with her heart on the wrong side of her body. She suffered all her childhood and awaits a suitable donor to hopefully change her life. The way she thinks about her life and possible fate before the operation is a revelation and the affect that the transplant has on her afterwards is another revelation.

Amanda is 14 years old and a brilliant gymnast. The novel opens with her preparing for the district finals and ends with an accident that leaves her brain dead. Think of her parents and friends. Within hours the hospital social workers are pressuring in an unpressured way for use of Amanda’s body for transplant purposes.

Think of how you would feel with such a decision.

Milo has had a kidney transplant and has blown it with a drinking binge that leaves him in need of another. Much to discuss here, but it is his philosophy of life that is invaluable to Dani while awaiting her transplant.

Tyler is Amanda’s errant brother who needs to come to terms with the death of his sister and with how he treated her when she was alive. His parents also have their issues.

This is just the half of it. A well crafted story that will have you turning it’s pages until it is finished.

Superb story.

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