Because of Anya Published 2002Buy the Book

Because of Anya

  • Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List, 2004-2005

Ten-year-old girls don’t wear wigs. So why is Anya wearing one? That’s what Keely’s friend Stef wants to know. She even wants Keely to tug on it, just to see if it’s real. Keely wants to know too–but when Anya’s wig falls off in front of the whole class, Keely discovers that what she really wants is to help Anya feel better. As for Anya, she just wants her hair to grow back, but no one, not even the doctors, knows whether it ever will. How can she come to terms with her disease when she can’t even look in the mirror?

“A chilling and intelligent novel. . . The author’s sympathetic but not simplistic insight will engage readers.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“A poignant story of discovery.”
School Library Journal


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