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
22 Book Reviews
  • hollysnow
    hollysnowabout 1 year55 starsFeatured
    Probably one of the best books I've read in my life. When I read the back, I thought it was sad that such a sweet girl has a brain tumor, but it's an AMAZING story once it comes together. Maddie made her friends laugh often and she made me laugh too. I love her personality and her sense of humor. I also like the touch of the play because that was able to make the story better. I cried at the end for her because she's so amazing. This book will make you love Maddie during and after her journey.
    • bsc
      bscover 2 years55 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 cloudabout 3 years
        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
        • thebookgeek
          thebookgeekover 3 years55 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
            applemangoover 3 years55 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 over 3 years
              I’m in the middle of reading this book and I think it’s probably the best book ever read in my life!
              • jayleebrock
                jayleebrockover 3 years55 stars
                I am in the middle of reading this book. I think its the best book I have ever read!
                • Alannwalmost 4 years
                  I love this book so much is actually my favorite book I love it so much
                  • Sunset almost 4 years
                    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
                      vineisdead69about 4 years11 star
                      it was okay, but it was too long for what is was....