COLD HANDS, WARM HEART by Jill Wolfson
Kirkus Star

COLD HANDS, WARM HEART

Age Range: 10 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

When Dani looks in the mirror she sees a “blue-lipped, cold-handed, gray-skinned fifteen-year-old.” Born with the fatal heart condition dextrocardia, Dani has survived, with difficulty, but now her health is failing fast. Mere miles away from Dani’s hospital bed, Amanda, a 14-year-old gymnast, flips and leaps through the air until a freak accident bonds these two strangers forever. Told mostly in Dani’s witty voice, the novel reveals her intimate thoughts as readers accompany her through her transplant, as she falls in love with a fellow patient and as she wrestles with the magnitude of receiving another girl’s heart. Woven throughout the text are chapters about Amanda, the most powerful of which focus on Tyler, her older brother, and give her life beyond the label of donor. Detailed, accurate descriptions of medical procedures are leavened with humor and sincerity, providing a powerful, multifaceted exploration of ethics, love and the celebration of life. (Fiction. 10 & up)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8050-8282-1
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2009




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