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  • Keywords
    • Childhood cancer,
    • Disease and illness,
    • Health and wellbeing,
    • Best friends,
    • Friendship and adversity,
    • Community and support,
    • Boys and friendship

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The Boy in the Golden Cape
by Mindy Atwood

Jason and Billy are forever friends. They do everything together—until Thanksgiving break one year, when Jason doesn’t come back to school. Billy tries to visit his friend, but he’s turned away at the door. Jason can’t have visitors because he’s sick. He has a disease called cancer. Billy doesn’t understand why Jason doesn’t answer their clubhouse messages anymore, or why he can’t go to visit his best friend. But he knows that Jason needs his friendship and love. With the help of family, friends, and his community, Billy shows what being a best friend really means. Every year, over 10,000 children are diagnosed with childhood cancer. Talking to kids about what that means is important, but it can be difficult, too. The Boy in the Golden Cape is a tool to help parents navigate that challenge. It approaches the subject in a child-friendly manner, while stressing the importance of compassion and acceptance.

Mindy Atwood is the author of The Zipper Club and Do Bears Have Belly Buttons? After both her son and nephew were diagnosed with kidney cancer, she saw a need for better support for their families. She created the nonprofit organization Patches of Light to work with and uplift families where a child is experiencing a catastrophic health or injury diagnosis. Mindy has witnessed the fear that cancer brings with it, and was inspired to write this book so that every child can understand how to support friends or family who are going through this difficult experience. When she isn’t writing or hard at work, Mindy enjoys reading and sewing. She also loves to spend time with her family, including her four grown sons and six grandchildren. She lives in Hilliard, Ohio, with her husband Rodney and their granddaughter, Alexis. They have a beloved dog, Finnegan, and a hilariously funny guinea pig, Craig.


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