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
17 Book Reviews
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  • 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.
              • kingkong22
                kingkong22Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 5:33 pm55 stars
                This book was so amazing, i reccomend it. Moustaches for maddie is a true story and maddie was so brave!
                • MaddieMonday, April 9, 2018 at 9:27 am
                  I loved this book and would highly recommend it. I feel that this book is very relatable for me because I'm also in middle school and I have had to handle drama. And what Maddie went through is a great example of how no matter what a person is going through they should be brave and they have friends by their side. Also this book shows that no matter how the person acts they could be facing the same problem as you and we should treat everyone nicely because we don't know what they are facing or how there life is harder than it should be. In the end this book is amazing and defentily read it if you get the chance!
                  • swirlycool
                    swirlycoolSaturday, February 17, 2018 at 2:54 pm55 starsFeatured
                    Mustaches for Maddie is a book based on a true story about a twelve year old girl who loves mustaches. When her arm starts acting weird, her mom finally takes her to the doctor where they discover she has a brain tumor which is pushing against a part of her brain that functions the left side of her body, which is why her left arm is acting weird. Her surgery is in two weeks, and the school play she is in, Romeo and Juliet, is in four weeks. Her doctors say she will be up again in a week after surgery, but they cannot guarantee that. Not only does she have to deal with her tumor, she has a problem with the school queen, Cassie. Cassie is a bully, but is surrounded by friends because she is known as queen, and a beautiful one. There also is a new girl in town, and is left out by Cassie. Mustaches for Maddie is a heartwarming story, and it is balanced with humor and heart. This is one of the best books I have ever read, and I rate it 5/5 and recommend it to people who are also going through what Maddie had gone through, people who love mustaches, and people who love humor, but also heart.
                    • ajg16
                      ajg16Monday, January 22, 2018 at 7:42 am55 stars
                      {Thank you DOGObooks for choosing me for this book} Mustaches for Maddie is an amazing true story about a 12 year old girl who is diagnosed with a brain tumor. This book made me cry, laugh, and smile its amazing how even through the hard times she slapped a fuzzy, colorful mustache on and made everyone laugh she has a huge imagination that made everyone love her even more. This is a very great book and highly recommend to all readers! Thank you for reading 💖 -ajg15