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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Happy Quail; 2 edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984271201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984271207
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In her book, Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery, Melinda Marchiano offers an honest and inspiring portrayal of her cancer experience through the eyes of a teenager and proves there is medicinal value in love and laughter. Melinda and I share a common bond. We are survivors. And we believe in the importance of empowering fellow survivors to live life on their own terms. By sharing her story, Melinda is giving a voice to this global epidemic that needs immediate attention. I am grateful to Melinda for having the courage to speak up and for her generosity in helping others fighting cancer.
-Lance Armstrong

What Melinda has learned in 15 years is far more than most people learn in a lifetime. Her attitude, faith, insights and humor are a true inspiration.
-Ray Romano

I have often said God gives children with cancer something extra. They are remarkable and inspiring people to be around. Melinda tells her story with such honesty and openness that you can't help but be touched and encouraged. This is sure to be a blessing to all that read it!
-Jeff Foxworthy

What an extraordinary young woman Melinda is! Her story, though heartbreaking, pulsates with joy and faith and hope. God Bless her!
-Kathie Lee Gifford

Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery is a vivid and engaging description of a brave and articulate youth's encounter with cancer.
-Dr. Lee Hartwell, President & Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & 2001 Nobel Laureate

Many people have written about their individual battles with cancer, some very beautifully. Melinda Marchiano tells the story of her cancer in a particularly engaging manner. Her message -- that you are not alone and that you can prevail -- will lift the spirits of many, particularly younger patients like her.
-Dr. Edward J. Benz, President, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Richard and Susan Smith Professor of Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics & Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School

There is great comfort in knowing that another young person has faced cancer and has overcome its many challenges. Melinda's personal story lights that difficult path and offers encouragement and hope to the patient, siblings, and parents.
-Moody D. Wharam, Jr., MD, FACR, FASTRO; Professor of Radiation Oncology, Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at John Hopkins

Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey through Cancer and Recovery is a rare book- brave, inspiring, and empowering. Buy this book for a person with cancer, but read it first yourself. This uplifting story from 15 year-old Melinda will make your heart soar.
-Regina Ellis, Chief Executive Officer & Founder the Children's Cancer Association

Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey through Cancer and Recovery is required reading for anyone touched by cancer- parents, children, friends and caregivers. It tells the story of a courageous girl through the perspective that is rarely heard -- hers!
---Dr. Thomas J. Lynch, Director, Yale Cancer Center; Physician-in-Chief, Smilow Cancer Hospital

About the Author

Melinda Marchiano lives in the rolling, oak-studded hills of the Central Coast of California. Homeschooled up until high school, Melinda had the freedom to write and to create from a young age. Melinda dances six days a week and performs with the Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo and San Luis Jazz. As a childhood cancer survivor, Melinda gives thanks for her life by speaking and fundraising for organizations such as the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, the Children's Miracle Network, and American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

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You will laugh, cry, laugh again, and cry again.
JNGavin
A definite must read for anyone because we all know someone that has/had some form of cancer.
Caligurl24
Her story of courage and faith is honest and inspiring.
Novel Teen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LC on October 9, 2013
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This is the book I needed. I work with a quilt group that gives quilts to cancer patients and includes a book in the package.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By StormyPraysForOlivia on January 17, 2011
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In her beautifully written book, Melinda Marchiano tells the story of her journey with childhood cancer. She is honest, straightforward, and states her opinions. This book will make you laugh, cry, want to slap a few people, and hug a number of people you just cannot count. I read "Grace" in eight days, unable to put it down. Melinda is a beautiful person with a beautiful story of perseverance, faith, love, and survival. I recommnend her story to everyone out there. I promise it is well worth your time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Novel Teen on November 21, 2010
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In Grace: a memoir, then thirteen-year-old Melinda Marchiano tells her story. First she was sick and weak. So she went to doctor after doctor trying to find out what was wrong. And after several appointments, she received the diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma. Melinda takes the reader through her entire journey. Her surgeries, chemo, transfusions, loss of hair, her high moments, and her darkest hours. Through it all, she fought to hold tight to God, her family, and ballet.

The subtitle of this novel is: "A child's intimate journey through cancer and recovery." That's exactly what it was. I felt like I knew Melinda by the time I closed the book. Her story of courage and faith is honest and inspiring. The book is filled with pictures, showing us the fun moments Melinda had while trying to live each day to its fullest. The pictures of her doing ballet are stunning. She amazes me. I'm wiser to have shared this journey with her by reading her story. We could all learn a lot about life from Melinda. We all have a story. I'm so thankful that Melinda shared hers with us all. I highly recommend you check this book out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Moo-Cow on April 25, 2013
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I've read Melinda's book twice. It came to my attention because I unfortunately dwell in the same community of which Melinda is now and always will be a member: the community of Childhood Cancer. Her book is brutally, beautifully, bravely honest. Her writing is filled with vitality. Her humor had me laughing out loud (which is very rare for me when reading), but she also shares her fears so openly, and her anger at times. Nothing is sugar coated as she describes her battle from diagnosis on. She takes the reader on the emotional roller coaster with her, and when the ride was over I was left believing that life is worth every painful moment.

Melinda's book is a must-read for any family dealing with the nightmare of a child with cancer. By reading Melinda's words, I believe that families and patients can learn so much right along with her. It can prepare families for a lot of what to expect. It can show how hard it is, that we're not alone for feeling this way or that way, or for falling down at times when it gets hard. This is why Melinda's sincerity touches so deeply. She shows us a portrait of someone who is flawed, who falls, but then picks themselves back up.

I believe this book would be an invaluable tool to anyone who is struggling, not just with cancer but with any of life's problems, or even for anyone who wants to simply understand a piece of our world better, and how to help it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa McKenzie on December 29, 2012
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I was actually lucky enough to meet Melinda when she was doing her Make A Wish tour promoting the book. I had purchased the book prior to the event so I would be able to fully understand what she was talking about during her discussion. It is an incredible book and throughout her entire battle she handles it with grace and a continued perseverance. She is truly an inspiration and a wonderful human being. Watching her mom look at her as she spoke was a moment I will never forget - what the two went through together and how strong their relationship is because of it is wonderful.

I ended up receiving a signed copy of the book and gave the one I purchased on Amazon to my mom who is currently in the process of reading (and enjoying) it.

Anyone who wants to read an honest take on the battle with a deadly disease will truly enjoy reading Melinda's journey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yazmid on March 13, 2011
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What can I say! This book is beyond description, it is a must read! It is a story of courage, faith, love, the battle within yourself, and what touched me the most the love between a daughter and mother! Melinda's journey is one that she faced with all she had, she tells you of the fear and despair she felt through it all and it's amazinf how she was able to joke about it too! She tells you how God help her through it all. One would never think that once treatment was over there was another battle to endure, a great book to bring out awareness to Childhood Cancer and to see how a child is truly affected by this awful disease. Melinda you are truly an inspiration!!!
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