So Much to Live For (Dawn Rochelle Series #3)

So Much to Live For (Dawn Rochelle Series #3)

by Lurlene McDaniel, Lurlene Mcdaniel

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Overview

Fifteen-year-old Dawn Rochelle has survived cancer not once, but twice. No one knows the battle better than she does. That's why Dawn agrees to be a camp counselor for young kids with cancer—the same camp she and her best friend Sandy had attended. Now Sandy is gone. Can Dawn handle the memories? How can she help the kids if she is still hurting so much?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780613843799
Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
Publication date: 09/01/2003
Series: Dawn Rochelle Series , #3
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 15 Years

About the Author

Everyone loves a good cry, and no one delivers heartwrenching stories better than Lurlene McDaniel.


But there's more to her books than that. McDaniel has written over 40 novels about kids who face life-threatening illnesses, who sometimes do not survive. These are powerful, inspirational stories about courage, love, and strength in the face of overwhelming trauma. McDaniel’s books touch the hearts and spirits of the teenagers and adults who read them. Her following is a devoted group of appreciative fans. McDaniel says: "These are books that challenge you and make you think."



Some readers—and their parents—have wondered why McDaniel chooses to write about sad situations. "I tell them that sometimes tragedy hits people—kids, too. They want answers. They want to know 'why.' By using novels, I show ordinary kids confronting and overcoming great odds." McDaniel's books are ultimately optimistic and life-affirming.



McDaniel began writing about young adults when her son Sean was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of 3. His illness changed the lives of everyone in her family forever. "I saw what life was like for someone who was chronically ill, and I experienced how it affected the dynamics of the family," says McDaniel. She says she found that writing about the trauma and its effects was therapeutic.



To make certain that her books are medically accurate, McDaniel conducts extensive research. She interviews health care professionals and works with appropriate medical groups and hospice organizations, as well as the Tennessee Organ Donor Services. "I study medicine and traditional grief therapy techniques to give the novels a sense of serious medical reality," she says. "I also study the Bible to instill the human element—the values and ethics often overlooked by the coldness of technology."

Growing up, McDaniel lived in different parts of the country because her father was in the Navy. Eventually her family settled in Florida. She attended the University of South Florida in Tampa, where she earned a B.A. in English. She now lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.



In addition to her popular YA novels, McDaniel has written radio and television scripts, promotional and advertising copy, and a magazine column. She is a frequent speaker at schools, writers’ conferences, and conventions.


McDaniel's books have been named to several bestseller lists, including Publishers Weekly. Three of her novels were selected by children as IRA­CBC Children’s Choices: Somewhere Between Life and Death, Too Young to Die, and Goodbye Doesn’t Mean Forever. Six Months to Live has been placed in a literary time capsule at the Library of Congress, to be opened in the year 2089.

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So Much to Live For (Dawn Rochelle Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
lyricaltwin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is so sad but so deliciously good. My book....well, the ink is smudged because of my constant crying.....I know I shouldn't read them if they make me so sad, but I seriously love these books.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is really great! Dawn's third year with cancer, but luckily, she doesn't have to face the sickness this summer! With the help of a boy who she has a strange relationship with she overcomes some new challenges. The new camp counciler learns some things like never before.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first lurlene Mcdaniel book I have ever read. This book was the best in the Dawn Rochelle series. To tell the truth I only got this book at the library because it had my name in it, Rochelle. I read this book first I read it in about 2 days and then I was addicted. I read all five books in a week and I couldn't wait to read some more of her books. Now I know how hard it would be to be 13 and have cancer and how hard it would be to first lose your best friend then lose a girl from camp. I give this book and all the rest of Lurlenes books 2 thumbs up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a sad story about Dawn's two close friend had just died from cancer. But, it's a happy story that Dawn was helping with cancer children. I like all Lurlene's books!! I always read that all the time! I know that life is not fair. My life was not fair because I was deaf and I have to wear cochlear implant ot help me to hear and speak.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't have any kind of illness and I never knew what cancer patients went through until I started reading these books. This book in particular has taught me a lot of what cancer patients go through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just like Dawn many other people every day who are fighting cancer find a way to move on with life. This book tells about who a 14 year old girl moved on after having a friend die it also tells how we all should find a way to move on when time gets tough. Please read this book it is sad and happy at the same time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of my favorite books. The others are also by Lurlene. I LOVE HER BOOKS!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that So Much to Live For was a great book. It was really funny, but was also sad. I love all of Lurlene McDaniel's story's, and this has to be one of the best books she has written
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book!! Everybody should read it and understand what people go through. It's a sad book but worth reading!!