Mourning Song Mass Market Paperback – May 1993
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From School Library Journal
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 an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
From the Publisher
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 an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on April 20 2004
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. Read morePublished on April 20 2004
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. Read morePublished on May 20 2003
I didnt like this book. I thought that it was slow and boring. The mother in this book was so annoying. Read morePublished on March 29 2002 by Kindle Customer
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... Read morePublished on July 8 2001 by Vanessa
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. Read morePublished on June 25 2001
This is the first book i've read from Lurlene McDaniel and i must say it's GREAT.After reading this book i realize how much the people around me means to me and that i must always... Read morePublished on Dec 29 2000
This book is so awesome. My teachers and I are all psyched about Lurlene McDaniel books. This is one of her best that I have read. Anyone that likes her should definitely read it.Published on Dec 27 2000