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The Chemo Kid

By Robert Lipsyte

Can you imagine what it must be like to discover that a lump below your ear is actually cancerous? This is what happens to Fred, a young high school student who has to endure the needles and medicines involved in chemotherapy. Gradually Fred realizes that his treatments are turning him into a kind of superhero. His senses seem heightened and he develops extraordinary physical strength. At first, Fred uses his super powers to fight school bullies. Then he joins his girlfriend in battling a local factory that is polluting the environment with toxic chemicals.

Read this book and you'll discover how the author uses SCIENCE to make the story more interesting and exciting:

  * learn some of the warning signs of cancer

  * find out how chemotherapy impacts the body

  * explore the importance of a positive mental attitude in fighting disease

  * discover how toxins in the environment can impact human health

If you enjoy reading about superheroes you might want to check out the science behind their powers at http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/hottopics/superheroes/

 

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