Why this book?
Written by a fellow Canadian pediatric doctor, this award-winning and heartwarming novel has one of the best opening lines I’ve read in a long time: “My name is Calvin Sinclair, I'm eleven years old and I have a confession...I killed my brother.” The story follows Calvin’s experience when his younger brother is diagnosed with leukemia, spending time both at home and in the strange new hospital world. The scenes are realistic and both painful and touching. As a pediatrician, I thought Alex did a wonderful job providing glimpses of a child’s journey through illness from both sides of the hospital walls.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
It's the summer before grade six and Calvin Sinclair is bored to tears. He's recently moved from a big city to a small town and there's nothing to do. It's hot, he has no friends and the only kid around is his six-year-old brother, Sammy, who can barely throw a basketball as high as the hoop.
Cal occupies his time by getting his brother to do almost anything: from collecting ants to doing Calvin's chores. And Sammy is all too eager -…