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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553541242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553541243
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 23 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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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 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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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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By A Customer on June 12 2002
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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By A Customer on June 4 2001
Format: Paperback
this book has taught me alot i used to thimk brain tumors where not bad things when i read this sad depressing book i found out what and how important life is to people. When i read this book it brought tears to my eyes and when i told what happened in the book to my sister it brought tears to her eyes. I teach kids that they have to try to hold on to life even if they are dying try to do things that u have always wanted to do. Even though i never knew someone with a brain tumor or a sickness like that when i grow up or even now i will try to help some one atcheve their dream. In the story Dani', sister Cassie has a Brain tumar. The tumar is to near the brain stem they can't gat it out. This book is also a story of adventure.Dani gets her friend Austin to help get her and Cassie to florida so she can see what her class saw Disney World and esspecilly the turtle that are going to be let out to sea. When they get there they call their mom and she comes down to see them. 1 day before they let the turtles out Cassie dyes right before that she had gone blind. At that part of the book i knew how much life means. Life cost a fortune to everyone.Thank u Lurlene McDaniel for writing such an inspurational book
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By "kel7173" on May 13 2001
Format: Paperback
.... The two lessons for life in the book Morning Song are to do things for others before yourself and to live each day to the fullest because you never know waht life may bring the next day. A lesson I learned during this book is to give to others rahter than to recieve things. In this book, Dani's older sister Cassie has a brain tummor and is undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments to try and help the tumor shrink. Their mother is paying for all the treatments and working overtime just so that Cassie can get the best treatments. THis shows that her mother is putting Cassie before herself and doing what is best for Cassie rather than what is best for her. Another example of this lesson is when Danis boyfriend, Austin helps make Cassie's dream come true by driving her to Florida to see the beach. Austin did this for Dani and Cassie and didn't think about the consesquences that could happen to him. He could get punished for taking his parents car, and not telling thme where he was going and arrested for kidnapping someone out of the hospitol. Austin did this just so that Cassie could have one last wish that she wanted. Since Cassie is very sick and will soon die, and she wanted to go to the beach, he took her. Feeling good about themselves, Dani and Austin drove back home after Cassie Died. They both were happy that they helped Cassie make her dream come true before her life was over. That is why it's better to do things for others before yourself. You can feel just as good, if not better, if you make others days. Another life lesson i learned from reading this book is to live each day to the fullest because you never know when your last day on earth may be.Read more ›
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