Scholastic Press, 2015
Audience: Children, Everyone
In all the ways that matter, Mark is a normal kid. He's got a dog named Beau and a best friend, Jessie. He likes to take photos and write haiku poems in his notebook. He dreams of climbing a mountain one day.
But in one important way, Mark is not like other kids at all. Mark is sick. The kind of sick that means hospitals. And treatments. The kind of sick some people never get better from.
So Mark runs away. He leaves home with his camera, his notebook, his dog, and a plan to reach the top of Mount Rainier--even if it's the last thing he ever does.
The best thing about this book was the fact that the main character was a kid who wanted to accomplish something - and he happened to have cancer. It wasn’t the typical sick kid story, and it didn’t focus on his illness. It definitely was a part of the story and a big burden on his life, but Mark didn’t want it to define him. He was a strong kid who wanted to climb a mountain. His dog definitely worried me, too - but it all turned out ok. I loved it.