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Mourning Song [Mass Market Paperback]

Lurlene McDaniel
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May 1993 One Last Wish
You don't know me, but I know about you.... I  can't make you live longer, I can't stop you from  hurting. But I can give you one wish, as someone did  for me.



It's been months since  Dani Vanoy's older sister Cassie has been diagnosed  as having a brain tumor. And now the treatments  aren't helping. Dani is furious that she is  powerless to help her sister, and she can't even convince  her mother to take the girls on the trip to  Florida that Cassie has always longed  for.



Then Cassie receives an anonymous letter and  check. Dani knows she can never make Cassie well, but  against all odds she dares to make Cassie's dream  come true.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Grade 6-8--Dani's older sister has an inoperable brain tumor. When the doctor gives Cassie only a few weeks to live, Dani and her mother argue about the right way to care for her, and they don't tell her that she is fatally ill. Then Cassie receives a check for $100,000 from an anonymous donor, and Dani makes up her mind that her sister will get her last wish, to see the ocean. Without permission, the sisters and Dani's friend Austin drive to the Florida coast. Dani calls her mother when she learns that Cassie knows the truth about her condition. In the last pages, readers see Dani and her mother continuing their lives without Cassie, both with budding love interests, and watching the loggerhead turtles move towards the ocean in an affirmation of life. The plot is trite and overly sentimental, with obvious twists and a predictable ending. The characters are stock types, and never developed fully.
- Tina Smith Entwistle, Oakley Park Elementary School, MI
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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You don't know me, but I know about you.... I can't make you live longer, I can't stop you from hurting. But I can give you one wish, as someone did for me.

It's been months since Dani Vanoy's older sister Cassie has been diagnosed as having a brain tumor. And now the treatments aren't helping. Dani is furious that she is powerless to help her sister, and she can't even convince her mother to take the girls on the trip to Florida that Cassie has always longed for.

Then Cassie receives an anonymous letter and check. Dani knows she can never make Cassie well, but against all odds she dares to make Cassie's dream come true. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Lurlene McDaniels best book I read! April 20 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Lurlene McDaniel is one of my favorite authors, and this book Mourning Song is by far the best book I read by her. Mourning Song glued your eyes to the book. McDaniel is an author that writes about teenagers with cancer, and how they over come their illnesses. In this book, Carrie, a senior, has been dignosed with a brain tumor. Since she's in the hospital she misses out on her graduation, senior trip, and whatever else she had planned. Her sister is helping her fufill her dreams by going to the beach. Will Carrie live to experience this dream of hers, or will her sister be able to take her?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lurlene McDaniels best book I read! April 20 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Lurlene McDaniel is one of my favorite authors, this book Mourning Song is by far the best book i read by her. Mourning Song glued your eyes to the book. McDaniel is an author that writes about teenagers with cancer, and how they over come these illness. In this book Carrie, a senior, has been dignosed with a brain tumor. Since she's in the hosptal she misses out on her graduation, senior trip, and whatever else she had planned. Her sister is helping her fufill her dreams by going to the beach. Will Carrie live to experience this dream of hers?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story about the bond between sisters Sept. 20 2003
By Willow
Format:Paperback
Dani and her sister Cassie have been there for each other through hard times, but when Cassie gets diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor, Dani doesn't know what to do. Cassie will miss her graduation, her senior trip, and pretty much everything else that she wants to do with her friends.
Cassie is admitted into the hospital and starts radiation treatments that won't prevent her from dying, but may prolong her life by a few months. Dani feels totally helpless, and her mom does too (her mom's a bit of a control freak). When Cassie shows Dani the $100,000.00 check that she got from the One Last Wish foundation, Dani plans something her mom - and Cassie's doctors - would never approve of.
With some help from Dani's longtime friend Austin, who volunteers to drive Dani and Cassie where ever they want to go, Dani plans one last trip to the beach. So, Cassie, Dani, and Austin drive from Ohio to Florida, without telling her mom where they were going.
When the group finally reachs Florida, Dani calls her mom to tell her that they're safe, but Cassie's condition starts to worsen.
This book was good in the sense that it showed how strong the relationship between sisters is, but it wasn't as well written/interesting as most of McDaniel's books. It was a disappointment, and I recommend getting this one from the library instead of buying it.
Overall grade - C
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of the best book! May 20 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I like this book because its kind of sad and interesting.Its about this girl that is going to die and her sister has taking her out of the hospital to go to Florida.When they get there she has a big head ache.I hope ya'll like this book as much as I do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching June 12 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Lurlene McDaniel sure ought to be proud of herself for writing such a sensational book. In Mourning Song, Dani, sister of brain tumor possessing Cassie, takes her from the hospital where she is receiving treatments to Florida so that she can see the ocean after her sister's negative prognosis. McDaniel uses plenty of emotion to get her point across: Live each day to the fullest: it may be your last chance. One turnoff was the characters. I found them to be extremely annoying and irritating, but this is a small price to pay for such a magnificent novel. The story was very sad, tears rolled down my face all day when I thought not only of poor Cassie, knowing that these were her last days alive, but of how their mother payed tousands and thousands of dollars so that her daughter had some hope. I thought of Dani, risking arrest as well as her mother's anger and hysteria to bring Cassie to Florida. And I thought of Austin risking the same as Dani. I thought of how grateful I'd be if people were that nice. This book is so touching. Read it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Eh..................... March 29 2002
Format:Paperback
I didnt like this book. I thought that it was slow and boring. The mother in this book was so annoying. It had a good plot, but after reading other books by Lurlene McDaniel, I was expecting a little more from this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good McDaniel Book July 8 2001
By Vanessa
Format:Paperback
This is another touching story by a great and inspirational author, Lulene McDaniel. This story tells of two sisters, one who wants to live normally again and be without a brain tumor and her loving sister who is healthy. Through a generous check the sisters take a journey to fufill the sick sister's wish. This is a touching book and I cried during it. A must read for the rainy days or for when things are not going right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Mourning Song June 26 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The first time I read this book it brought tears to my eyes. To think, Dani and Cassie's mother forks over all that money so Cassie could have the best treatment. And Dani and her friend Austin brings Cassie all the way to Florida just so she could see the beach. It was so touching I couldn't stop the tears from flowing down my face.After I had finshed I just had to recomend the book to all my friends. Most of them read it and cried also.I like the thought that Dani would go through all that trouble just so her sister could see the ocean.Lurlene McDaniel writes the most touching books I have ever read in my life. I think I must have read all of her books and cried while reading them all.
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