Sugar Isn't Everything: A Support Book, in Fiction Form for the Young Diabetic

Willo Davis Roberts, Author Atheneum Books $16 (190p) ISBN 978-0-689-31316-5
With this coping-with-diabetes novel, Roberts sets out mainly to provide information, since she herself is a recently diagnosed diabetic. Still, her fictional format works smoothly. Eleven-year-old Amy wonders what's wrongshe's ravenous, can't get enough juice and has to run to the bathroom often. After she collapses, her disease is diagnosed and she begins the long road toward adjustment. Readers find out that forward-thinking hospitals allow children to visit patients, hold classes and support groups for adolescents and give people the courage to inject themselves. Roberts infuses her characters with believable thoughts and emotions Amy wonders if she'll ever feel normal again and realizes people are glad they don't have her bad luck. A useful book for other chronic illnesses as well, particularly its discussion of anger. Ages 9-up. (March)
Reviewed on: 03/01/1987
Release date: 03/01/1987
Prebound-Other - 978-0-8335-6170-1
Prebound-Sewn - 190 pages - 978-0-606-03661-0
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