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Since the day Emerson Pressman and her mother were diagnosed as HIV positive, nothing has been the same. When her mother dies of AIDS, Emmy has to go live with the father and stepmother she barely knows, and she feels more alone than ever. Now she has to take pills by herself, and there is no one left who understands what it's like to be afraid every time she has a cold. But when her father decides to send her to Camp Positive, a camp for HIV-positive children, Emmy begins to realize that she's not alone after all, and that sometimes, opening up to other people can make all the difference in the world.

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 07, 2009 – After her mother dies of AIDS, 13-year-old Emmy is left to grapple with the virus her mother unknowingly passed on to her through pregnancy. When Emmy acts out, her father and his second wife, who are expecting their first child, send her to sleepaway Camp Positive, for HIV-positive girls. Despite her reluctance, Emmy begins to find solace with girls who face similar obstacles, but a friend leaving camp because of declining health, sparks stark realizations: You couldn't ever get away from AIDS, ever. You couldn't ever change anything. Emmy's most transformative moment a conversation with a camp counselor who tells her, I'm not saying this disease is easy. It's not easy at all. And I can't explain everything that happened, except to say that life is weird leads to a convincing baby step toward Emmy finding peace. Sheinmel (My So-Called Family), who reviews for PW, occasionally crosses into political territory, but Emmy's plainspoken narration and reflections on the loss of her mother and her illness ( People had to be nice to me because I was the one with the saddest life ) are wrenchingly authentic and quietly powerful. Ages 9 14.

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Ok this may be the best book I have ever read.It is so thought provoking and I can read it over and over.I read a lot of books and this may be the best I have read since to kill a mocking bird(kids enjoy good literature too)


Best book ever I just got done you should read it!!!!!!

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  • Level: Grades 4-9
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Family & Relationships
  • Published: Sep 15, 2009
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Print Length: 224 Pages
  • Language: English
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