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Kate [Paperback]

Valerie Sherrard
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Jan. 1 2008

Short-listed for the 2005 White Pine Award, for the 2004 IODE Violet Downey National Book Award and commended for the 2004 Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection

There's one other thing I should mention right off, which is that I'm fourteen years old and dying. (I guess that was two things, but the significance of one is sort of tied to the other, don't you think?) Benchworth

Kate Benchworth is far from typical. Having been diagnosed with a brain tumour that could end her life at any time, she views the world with refreshing honesty and rare insight. As her family and members of her community struggle to accept what lies ahead, Kate refuses to give in to self-pity. Determined to live each moment to the fullest, she falls in love with a boy locked up in the local jail and befriends the town recluse.

Valerie Sherrard's new novel is a moving tale about a young woman experiencing the best days of her life, all the while aware that the time she has left is rapidly disappearing.


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Short-listed for the 2005 White Pine Award, for the 2004 IODE Violet Downey National Book Award and commended for the 2004 Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection

There's one other thing I should mention right off, which is that I'm fourteen years old and dying. (I guess that was two things, but the significance of one is sort of tied to the other, don't you think?)Kate Benchworth

Kate Benchworth is far from typical. Having been diagnosed with a brain tumour that could end her life at any time, she views the world with refreshing honesty and rare insight. As her family and members of her community struggle to accept what lies ahead, Kate refuses to give in to self-pity. Determined to live each moment to the fullest, she falls in love with a boy locked up in the local jail and befriends the town recluse.

Valerie Sherrard's new novel is a moving tale about a young woman experiencing the best days of her life, all the while aware that the time she has left is rapidly disappearing.



Kate is an emotionally honest story that will keep readers smiling through their tears. -Wendy Kitts, Atlantic Books Today, Spring 2004

Directed at young adults and written in journal form, each word of this novel is perfect - the raw, honest emotion of a 14-year-old navigating life and sadly, death. -Wendy Kitts, St. John Telegraph Journal July 5, 2004

Author Valerie Sherrard ventures out into territory few writers would dare touch and succeeds in presenting a surprisingly well-balanced tale with humour and insight and does not overcast the novel with the darkness of Kate's circumstance. Just remember to keep the tissues handy. -Kate Larking, The Calgary Herald, August 14, 2004

an enchanting, poignant story which will have you smiling right up until the last moment, even through your tears. (The New Brunswick Reader 2004-06-05)

A sweet simple story of an adolescent girl in a small town in the 1960s who finds love, friendship and support in unlikely places. (Canadian Children's Book News, Winter 2004)

an easy read that might appeal to reluctant readerswell done. (VOYA, April 2004)

a moving, heartwarming story, with many insights to ponder. (Hi-Rise, April 2004)

an emotionally honest story that will keep readers smiling through their tears. (Atlantic Books Today, Spring 2004)

If you have a young reader at home, a Sherrard novel is a good way to reinforce a reading habit. (Ottawa Sun 2004-02-15)

About the Author

Valerie Sherrard is the executive director of a group home for adolescents and has fostered more than 70 teenagers. Her first novel, Out of the Ashes, introduced the Shelby Belgarden Mystery series, and was a 2003 Red Maple Honour Book and a nominee for the Arthur Ellis Award for Juvenile Fiction. The second volume in the series, In Too Deep, was published in spring 2003. She lives in Miramichi, New Brunswick, with her husband, Brent.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Poignant Novel Aug. 21 2005
By fiona
Format:Paperback
I read Kate together with my book club at school. I recommended it in the first place, already having read Mrs. Sherrard's Shelby Belgarden mysteries (which I loved).
It was a quick and wonderful read. I found that when I was reading, it became increasingly harder to put it down. I'd even neglect my homework to continue reading it.
Kate is so real - and incredibly brave. She was fourteen, and she was dying. Having someone so young, under the worst circumstances, being so optimistic about life was just incredible. I also enjoyed reading about her life - her parents, her falling-out with her best friend Josie, the town recluse (whom Kate befriends), and who could forget Randy, Kate's love interest. Everything tied in together nicely, and I liked the diary first-person format. It made everything that much more personal and real.
The other members of the book club also enjoyed the book. We all thought Kate was admirable - someone to be highly commended for her bravery, strength, and overall optimism of life, even though she was dying.
However, the book was very sad and heart-wrenching at times. I shed a few tears at the end - so be sure to keep a box of tissues nearby!
Thank you, Mrs. Sherrard, for writing such a poignant and wonderful story.
Kate was a fantastic read. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! May 8 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book will touch you in ways you will never expect. The character, Kate is so real you will feel sure you really know her and you will feel everything she feels. I will read this book again and again! A must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Poignant Novel Aug. 21 2005
By fiona - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read Kate together with my book club at school. I recommended it in the first place, already having read Mrs. Sherrard's Shelby Belgarden mysteries (which I loved).
It was a quick and wonderful read. I found that when I was reading, it became increasingly harder to put it down. I'd even neglect my homework to continue reading it.
Kate is so real - and incredibly brave. She was fourteen, and she was dying. Having someone so young, under the worst circumstances, being so optimistic about life was just incredible. I also enjoyed reading about her life - her parents, her falling-out with her best friend Josie, the town recluse (whom Kate befriends), and who could forget Randy, Kate's love interest. Everything tied in together nicely, and I liked the diary first-person format. It made everything that much more personal and real.
The other members of the book club also enjoyed the book. We all thought Kate was admirable - someone to be highly commended for her bravery, strength, and overall optimism of life, even though she was dying.
However, the book was very sad and heart-wrenching at times. I shed a few tears at the end - so be sure to keep a box of tissues nearby!
Thank you, Mrs. Sherrard, for writing such a poignant and wonderful story.
Kate was a fantastic read. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read Jan. 22 2005
By fiona - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read Kate together with my book club at school. I recommended it in the first place, already having read Mrs. Sherrard's Shelby Belgarden mysteries (which I loved).

It was a quick and wonderful read. I found that when I was reading, it became increasingly harder to put it down. I'd even neglect my homework to continue reading it.

Kate is so real - and incredibly brave. She was fourteen, and she was dying. Having someone so young, under the worst circumstances, being so optimistic about life was just incredible. I also enjoyed reading about her life - her parents, her falling-out with her best friend Josie, the town recluse (whom Kate befriends), and who could forget Randy, Kate's love interest. Everything tied in together nicely, and I liked the diary first-person format. It made everything that much more personal and real.

The other members of the book club also enjoyed the book. We all thought Kate was admirable - someone to be highly commended for her bravery, strength, and overall optimism of life, even though she was dying.

However, the book was very sad and heart-wrenching at times. I shed a few tears at the end - so be sure to keep a box of tissues nearby!

Thank you, Mrs. Sherrard, for writing such a poignant and wonderful story.

Kate was a fantastic read. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow Jan. 5 2005
By Stina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is amazing. The story is told from the perspective of Kate herself and she feels like a real person, someone you'd love to get to know. It's not a lighthearted book, in fact at the end, I was crying. But the writing is wonderful and this book is definitely a treasure, something to read over and over again. I know I will.
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! May 8 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book will touch you in ways you will never expect. The character, Kate is so real you will feel sure you really know her and you will feel everything she feels. I will read this book again and again! A must read!
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