A BOY AND HIS SOUL
John Graham-Pole
Synopsis
A true-to-life-and-death tale of eleven-year-old Jeremy’s journey with leukemia—the second of my trilogy of novels for and about young people with cancer. A follow-up to Blood Work, and my memoir, Journeys with 1000 Heroes, this fantasy was born of the real-life experiences of very ill children. Jeremy becomes aware of the presence of his ‘animated’ soul, Jewel, within him. Jewel helps him and his family come to peaceful acceptance of his death. I hope this book will make it easier to talk about such very hard things.
About the Book
Author(s)
John Graham-Pole
Illustrator(s)
Susan Napier
Publisher
HARP The People's Press (www.harppublishing.ca)
Release Date
Sep 20, 2020
ISBN
978-0-9938295-5-0
Category
Middle Grade
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From the Author
As a long time children's doctor caring for young ones with cancer and their families, I wrote "A Boy and His Soul" especially for families like these. Its end-of-life theme, though, lived through the heart and mind of a young boy, has universal appeal. I've written it as a teaching tool as much as a good read for middle-graders and their parents, because fiction-based-on-fact can teach us at least as well as any nonfictional instruction or guide book.

I've also tried to bring some lightness and optimism to the story. Children don't want gloomy doctors caring for them!