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Sun Signs

Kris Rothstein

Kayleigh, the teenage protagonist of Sun Signs by Shelley Hrdlitschka (Orca), is fighting cancer, and her treatments are so intense that she’s been forced to drop out of high school. She completes her schoolwork by correspondence and discusses her assignments online with a group of other teens. When she needs a topic for a science project, her online pals remind her of her interest in astrology. After her science teacher reluctantly agrees, Kayleigh recruits a group of Leos to track the convergence between their horoscopes and their daily lives. The story is told through email, and in this story the form works: the electronic letters are entertaining and well written, and the author doesn’t try too hard to use hip web-speak. Sun Signs is much more than an uplifting story about a girl with cancer; it’s an exploration of identity, fear and the will to connect with people even when you can’t leave home.

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