Mustaches for Maddie
Chad Morris & Shelly Brown
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Twelve-year-old Maddie has a quirky sense of humor and loves making her classmates laugh by slapping on fake mustaches every chance she gets. Being funny gets her noticed by class queen Cassie, and things are looking up when Maddie is cast as Juliet in the school play. Maybe Juliet could wear a mustache? When Maddie starts tripping when she walks and her hand starts curling up at her side, her mom takes her to the doctor, who confirms Maddie has a brain tumor. In an instant, her world is turned upside down. Maddie doesn’t want anyone else to know. Especially Cassie, whose jealousy has turned to bullying. What about Maddie’s chance to play Juliet opposite the cutest boy in the sixth grade? What if the doctors can’t get the ugly tumor monster out of her brain? As Maddie’s surgery approaches, she wonders if her illness is giving her super powers because her imagination is bigger than ever, her courage is stronger than ever, and her compassion is about to be felt by more people than she ever imagined.
I’m not sure how I want to start this review. There’s so many emotions going through my head right now. There’s been so much chaos and loss in our world lately that this book came at an appropriate time. We may never know what’s going on with the person next to us. Which is why we must always be kind to one another.
I loved that it was a true story but it was heart wrenching that Maddie had to go through what she did. No one should have to go through something like that.
This book is made for middle-grade but I loved it as an adult and highly recommend reading it no matter the age (probably not below middle-grade).