World Cancer Day

A Story About Cancer (With a Happy Ending)

4 February is World Cancer Day, which aims to raise awareness, urge governments to take action, and educate us all about the disease and its impact.

We've put together a booklist for children of all ages featuring stories that explore the effects of cancer, so if you and your family want to do some wider reading, take a look at our recommendations below.

  • The Soup Movement

    Author: Ben Davies

    Interest level: 10-13

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Soup Movement

    Author: Ben Davies

    Interest level: 10-13

    Reading age: 10+

    Jordan is in remission from cancer but finding it difficult to make friends at his new school. One day, he gives a homeless man so…

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  • Lost

    Author: Eve Ainsworth

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Lost

    Author: Eve Ainsworth

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Alfie used to be good at football, but now his mother is dead and he no longer has the heart to play. A friendship with troubled A…

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  • A Good Night for Shooting Zombies

    Author: Jaco Jacobs Translator: Kobus Geldenhuys from Afrikaans Illustrator: Jim Tierney

    Interest level: 10-13

    Reading age: 11+

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  • A Good Night for Shooting Zombies

    Author: Jaco Jacobs Translator: Kobus Geldenhuys from Afrikaans Illustrator: Jim Tierney

    Interest level: 10-13

    Reading age: 11+

    When Martin and his neighbour bond over their love for horror films, he helps him realise his ambition to create a zombie movie. A…

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  • Lola Rose

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Lola Rose

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 9+

    Jacqueline Wilson demonstrates her skill by capturing the experiences of a young carer, fearful about what the cancer will do to h…

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  • The Perfect Shelter

    Author: Clare Helen Welsh

    Interest level: 4-8

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  • The Perfect Shelter

    Author: Clare Helen Welsh

    Interest level: 4-8

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    It’s the perfect day to build a shelter, the perfect day for a family expedition, the perfect day to play in a den. However, joy t…

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  • Artichoke Hearts

    Author: Sita Brahmachari

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Artichoke Hearts

    Author: Sita Brahmachari

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    This empathetic account of the process of bereavement, a month’s diary, reassures readers that we grow from our experiences,…

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  • The Look

    Author: Sophia Bennett

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • The Look

    Author: Sophia Bennett

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Ted is an awkward, gangly teenager constantly following in her older sister Ava’s confident footsteps...

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  • 32C, That’s Me

    Author: Chris Higgins

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • 32C, That’s Me

    Author: Chris Higgins

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    Jess seems to have it all. She has a gorgeous boyfriend, Muggs, landed the lead in the school play and her best friend Ali will al…

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  • The Best Medicine

    Author: Christine Hamill

    Interest level: 9-14

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Best Medicine

    Author: Christine Hamill

    Interest level: 9-14

    Reading age: 9+

    Twelve-year old Philip Wright is a comedian in the making. Then one day, he tells his mother a joke, and she breaks down in tears.…

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  • A Monster Calls

    Author: Patrick Ness (From an idea by Siobhan Dowd) Illustrator: Jim Kay

    Interest level: 11-14

    Reading age: 10+

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  • A Monster Calls

    Author: Patrick Ness (From an idea by Siobhan Dowd) Illustrator: Jim Kay

    Interest level: 11-14

    Reading age: 10+

    Connor's mum has cancer and life is changing. There is the nightmare, then there is school, where people avoid him, or persecute h…

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  • The Honest Truth

    Author: Dan Gemeinhart

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10

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  • The Honest Truth

    Author: Dan Gemeinhart

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10

    Mark has cancer. He can't bear more doctors, so he runs away with his dog Beau for company.

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