Saturday, July 9, 2016
by Dan Gemeinhart
Mark is tired of being "the sick kid," and "the kid with cancer." He has fought the illness so many times ... and won. At least that's what the doctors always said.
Until the time they told him that the cancer was back again.
And that's the time that Mark decided that he'd had enough. No more hospitals, no more doctors, no more chemo.
Mark decided to leave.
He packed up some gear, and a notebook to write haiku poetry in, and a duffel bag that his beloved dog Beau can hide inside. And he left.
His parents are frantic. The media goes crazy.
And his best friend Jessie knows where he's headed ... and why.
Short. Sweet. Unexpectedly gritty.
The events may not have happened; still, the story is true. --R. Silvern
Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS