Dee, Barbara. Halfway Normal. Aladdin, 2017. 247 pages. Hardcover $14.59, ISBN 978-1-48147-851-9
TL;DR: Do I recommend this book? Yes!!!!
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Part of a series? No.
Norah’s cancer finally appears to be in remission, meaning Norah can FINALLY return to school after two long years away. That said, jumping right back into middle school is a little bit scary, especially considering that she wants to be just-Norah, not “The Girl Who …”, especially especially considering that none of the adults will say the “c-word” (cancer) and that kids only see her as the girl who got sick. When she hits it off with new kid Griffin, she’s more desperate than ever to be a “normal” kid who just happens to have had cancer. Can she blend in as she wishes, or will her teachers’ insistence on how cancer must have shaped her and her parents’ overprotectiveness give her away?
Norah is such a delightful character. She’s sassy, she’s worried, she’s sweet, and she’s just an all-around great seventh grader to follow through this novel. I definitely recommend this book about what happens when a student survives cancer and needs to return to school.
Grade Level: 3-6
Awards and Starred Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews starred, 06/15/17
School Library Connection starred, 11/01/17
School Library Journal starred, 08/01/17