Just Like Me
by McKenna Towers
Trafford Publishing

"If people stare it's not because they think you're different. It's because they are caught by your beauty and courage."

To help children who are dealing with a serious illness and the side effects that can result from necessary treatments that leave them feeling scared, sad, alienated, and different from everyone else, this book works like a charm. Just Like Me evokes a powerful message, and speaks to the importance of what's on the inside vs. outward appearances. When Lila, a young girl who has lost her hair due to cancer treatments, meets Amanda, a fellow cancer patient, she is surprised to realize their similarities and connecting circumstances after Amanda removes a quirky, purple hat and blonde wig, to reveal her own perfectly bald head, hidden beneath.

Inspired by a young girl with cancer, McKenna Towers offers this story to ignite motivation, support, and courage for anyone trying to overcome a major illness. The author, herself, was diagnosed with a concerning health issue during the writing of this book. In a generous gesture to help battle cancer, a portion of the proceeds of this work will go towards research efforts in the fight against this disease. Cleo Sy's illustrative contributions to this revealing story are clean and crisp. The cover picture, pulled directly from the pages of the narrative, beautifully captures the essence of the tale, as two unfamiliar youngsters become fast friends in a hospital setting where they are both facing heartfelt challenges.

Towers' sweet, simple, colorful tale offers the best kind of medicine for someone facing health issues. Family and friendship signify powerful remedies, and the smallest gesture of kindness, caring, and camaraderie can work wonders to brighten the spirit. All of these exponents are easily recognizable in this touching work.

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