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Love, Ish

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My name is Mischa “Ish” Love, and I am twelve years old. I know quite a lot about Mars.

Mars is where I belong. Do you know how sometimes you just know a thing? My mom says that falling in love is like that, that the first time she saw Dad, she just knew. That’s how I feel about Mars: I just know.

I’m smart and interesting and focused, and I’m working on getting along better with people. I’ll learn some jokes. A sense of humor is going to be important. It always is. That’s what my dad always says. Maybe jokes will be the things that will help us all to survive. Not just me, because there’s no “me” in “team,” right? This is about all of us. Together.

What makes me a survivor? Mars is going to make me a survivor.

You’ll see.


In Karen Rivers’s riveting new novel, Ish’s dreams for a future on Mars go heartbreakingly awry when an unexpected diagnosis threatens to rewrite her whole future.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 09, 2017 – Twelve-year-old Mischa "Ish" Love is determined to be part of the first settlement on Mars whenever that should come to be and has done extensive research to prepare. She used to do this sort of research with her best friend Tig Diaz, but when he moved away and didn't stay in touch, he became "DTM" ("dead to me"). Ish doesn't connect to the other kids at school, and home is stressful, too, thanks to her difficult older sister Elliot. Ish's worries are suddenly overshadowed when she is diagnosed with a brain tumor. The book slowly shifts into a meditation on relationships and life, and Ish's dreams of Mars become nearly as real as her waking life. Ish's reflections on Mars, the ways humans have failed Earth, and what it means to be alive pack a punch, though a plot thread about Elliot's anger about learning she and Ish were adopted seems mostly there for dramatic effect. Overall, though, Rivers (The Girl in the Well Is Me) spins an affecting, hard-hitting story. Ages 8 12.
Love, Ish
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  • $9.99
  • Level: Grades 4-8
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Coming of Age
  • Published: Mar 14, 2017
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books
  • Seller: Workman Publishing Co., Inc.
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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