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Wink / [written and illustrated by] Rob Harrell.

Harrell, Rob, (author,, illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 3 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
McIntosh Public Library J HAR (Text) 33500013235387 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library J HAR (Text) 33500013235379 New Available -
Roseau Public Library j HAR (Text) 35500006277733 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781984815149
  • ISBN: 1984815148
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2020]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
After being diagnosed with a rare eye cancer, twelve-year-old Ross discovers how music, art, and true friends can push him through treatment and survive middle school.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 February #2
    *Starred Review* In a story more realistic than but filled with the same sardonic humor and celebration of atypical friendships as his Life of Zarf series, Harrell draws from personal experience to track the wild emotional roller coaster a seventh-grader rides after being diagnosed with a rare tear-duct cancer. All Ross really wants to do is keep his head down in public as he goes through an operation and 45 sessions of proton radiotherapy. Unfortunately, what with having to endure all the "Concern Face" from grown-ups and certain peers and the mortifying necessity of wearing a protective broad-brimmed hat at all times—not to mention the series of ugly Cancer Cowboy memes that show up on everyone's phones at school—there's no hope of anonymity. But along with providing helpfully specific details of Wink's medical treatments, the author supplies him with a truly outstanding supporting cast led by Abby, a frank, extroverted, and longtime bosom buddy. Besides tempests and meltdowns, Wink also finds several effective strategies for coping with his grief and anger, including wish-fulfillment episodes on pages of hand-drawn comics featuring caped crime fighter Batpig (supplemented by frequent spot art). What with betrayals and wrenching departures, Wink may not get quite the ending he hopes for, but he and the readers who have joined him on the ride are left to carry on with a smile. Grades 5-7. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 February #2
    *Starred Review* In a story more realistic than but filled with the same sardonic humor and celebration of atypical friendships as his Life of Zarf series, Harrell draws from personal experience to track the wild emotional roller coaster a seventh-grader rides after being diagnosed with a rare tear-duct cancer. All Ross really wants to do is keep his head down in public as he goes through an operation and 45 sessions of proton radiotherapy. Unfortunately, what with having to endure all the "Concern Face" from grown-ups and certain peers and the mortifying necessity of wearing a protective broad-brimmed hat at all times—not to mention the series of ugly Cancer Cowboy memes that show up on everyone's phones at school—there's no hope of anonymity. But along with providing helpfully specific details of Wink's medical treatments, the author supplies him with a truly outstanding supporting cast led by Abby, a frank, extroverted, and longtime bosom buddy. Besides tempests and meltdowns, Wink also finds several effective strategies for coping with his grief and anger, including wish-fulfillment episodes on pages of hand-drawn comics featuring caped crime fighter Batpig (supplemented by frequent spot art). What with betrayals and wrenching departures, Wink may not get quite the ending he hopes for, but he and the readers who have joined him on the ride are left to carry on with a smile. Grades 5-7. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Rob Harrell created the Life of Zarf series, the graphic novel Monster on the Hill, and also writes and draws the long-running daily comic strip Adam@Home, which appears in more than 140 papers worldwide. He created and drew the internationally syndicated comic strip Big Top until 2007. He lives with his wife in Indiana.

Subject: Eye > Diseases > Juvenile fiction.
Eye > Diseases > Fiction.
Cancer > Fiction.
Middle schools > Fiction.
Schools > Fiction.
Eye > Diseases.
Genre: Fiction.
Juvenile works.

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