Based on a true story.

Maddie is a normal twelve-year-old girl. Well, except for the fake mustaches she carries in her pocket. She likes to make people laugh and slapping on a mustache, especially a fuzzy pink or neon green one, always gets a smile. Maddie hopes that the class queen, Cassie, will find her mustaches as funny as she does and want to play with her at recess. She's been self-conscious lately because her right arm only feels normal when it's curled against her chest and she's constantly tripping over her feet. But that's probably just part of growing up and not something weird, right?

When Maddie's arm continues to bother her, her parents take her to a doctor who gives them a shocking diagnosis: the cause of the abnormal behavior of her limbs is a brain tumor and she must have surgery to remove it. She's understandably afraid as he describes the procedure, but knows she must find a way to be brave and must face her fears--all of them--at the hospital, at home and at school.

She will need all of her courage not only to face her illness, but also to face Cassie at school. Both Cassie and Maddie are auditioning for the same role in the school play, but when Cassie accuses Maddie of lying about her tumor in order to get attention, Cassie's bossiness turns into bullying.

And as Maddie's surgery approaches, she begins to worry more and more about the outcome. What if something goes wrong? What if the doctors don't get all the tumor out of her brain? What will happen to her family? What will happen to her?

It will take all of Maddie's vibrant imagination, a lot of kindness-both given and received-and of course, the perfect mustache to overcome the tough stuff ahead of her.

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on October 3, 2017 by Shadow Mountain
ISBN-10: 1629723304
ISBN-13: 9781629723303
21 Book Reviews
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  • bsc
    bscThursday, August 20, 2020 at 4:01 pm55 stars
    OMG, I loved this book. Maddie is funny. She likes making people laugh and always carries mustaches. Because mustaches make everything better. Besides her arm being weird and annoying brothers, Maddie has a fine life. That is, until she finds out she has a brain tumor and is going to have surgery to take it out. There's even a chance that she might die in the process. Dealing with that and trying to find out if she should stay friends with Cassie, a popular girl, Maddie is having an interesting time. This book will make you cry and love Maddie til the very end.
    • Marie cloudTuesday, September 10, 2019 at 3:59 am
      It is so good. I love this book it’s so persuasive and amazing everyone should read this book like everyone every one so I think this book is super cool and it tells like about like what she’s thinking and what she’s not thinking like how the story like plays out and I think it’s really good you guys should read it if you have it
      • lawalex
        lawalexMonday, June 17, 2019 at 7:07 am55 stars
        In this wonderful and heart-breaking true story of a child who gets a brain tumor, you learn to be yourself and not care what other people think. You also learn the value of friendship. It is inspirational.
        • applemango
          applemangoTuesday, May 21, 2019 at 10:02 pm55 stars
          This is a really good book that is heart warming and fun. Maddie is a girl that loves mustaches. She has a lot of humor and because of this she gets noticed by the most popular girl in the school Cassie. Then, she discovers that she has brain tumor....can she survive this and become well enough to play Juliet in the school's play?!
          • Sniper bot Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 7:59 am
            I’m in the middle of reading this book and I think it’s probably the best book ever read in my life!
            • jayleebrock
              jayleebrockTuesday, March 19, 2019 at 12:27 pm55 stars
              I am in the middle of reading this book. I think its the best book I have ever read!
              • AlannwWednesday, January 16, 2019 at 8:47 am
                I love this book so much is actually my favorite book I love it so much
                • Sunset Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 5:56 pm
                  I really liked this book because it was really heart warming. If you are someone in your family with cancer, then I hope that you feel that the world supports you. 💖
                  • vineisdead69
                    vineisdead69Friday, October 26, 2018 at 9:08 am11 star
                    it was okay, but it was too long for what is was....
                    • hopes
                      hopesSaturday, July 21, 2018 at 2:42 pm55 stars
                      I loved this book because it was similar to wonder. And I like books where people have challenges.