World Cancer Day
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 readers aged 9+ full of novels 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.
Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
Publisher: Random House
Jacqueline Wilson demonstrates her skill by capturing the experiences of a young carer, fearful about what the cancer will do to her mother.
Author: Morris Gleitzman
When his brother becomes seriously ill with leukaemia, Colin is sent to stay with relatives in England. Determined to get the best help possible, he decides to approach the Queen.
Author: Sita Brahmachari
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
This empathetic account of the process of bereavement, a month’s diary, reassures readers that we grow from our experiences, however painful they are.
Author: Sophia Bennett
Publisher: Chicken House
Ted is an awkward, gangly teenager constantly following in her older sister Ava’s confident footsteps...
Author: Chris Higgins
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 always stick by her. She even gets on well with her older sister! Then her mum is diagnosed with breast cancer and Jess's world is turned upside down.
Author: Celia Bryce
Megan would never have met Jackson Dawes if she hadn't had cancer. But as the only teenagers on the children's ward, they soon form a powerful and unconventional bond.
Author: Christine Hamill
Publisher: Little Island
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. It's a brave challenge to unite the themes of cancer and comedy - but this is an entertaining and light-hearted read.
Author: Patrick Ness From an idea by Siobhan Dowd Illustrator: Jim Kay
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Connor's mum has cancer and life is changing. There is the nightmare, then there is school, where people avoid him, or persecute him. And then there is the immense, mythic Monster.
Author: John Green
Publisher: Penguin Children's Books
John Green tackles the subject of teenage cancer with sensitivity in this witty, life-affirming young adult romance.
Author: Dan Gemeinhart
Publisher: Chicken House
Mark has cancer. He can't bear more doctors, so he runs away with his dog Beau for company.