Very funny yet poignant, Mustaches for Maddie is an encouraging read.
A good read-alike for fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder
School Library Journal
"Maddie's offbeat sense of humor is the heart of this story from spouses Morris and Brown, which was inspired by their own daughter. Maddie learns to stand up for herself and face her fears head-on in this moving story of courage and heart. Morris and Brown balance the gravity of Maddie's illness with her buoyant imagination as she navigates the reality of the surgery she needs and the politics of sixth grade."
Twelve-year-old Maddie may or may not be friends with popular Cassie. Maddie may or may not get the coveted role of Juliet in the class play. Maddie’s friends may or may not get her sense of humor, creative flights of imagination, or penchant for fake mustaches. Maddie may or may not admit to having something weird going on with her right arm, leg, and now eye. But it is definite when the neurologist says Maddie has a brain tumor and needs surgery, and that the surgery might change her personality, or even end her life. Maddie doesn’t want anyone to know, but Mom convinces her to tell. Much to Maddie’s surprise, it turns out she has a ton of supporters, who all start wearing mustaches, too. Pictures pop up on the Internet: teachers, friends’ parents, Dad’s coworkers, people in town, complete strangers—more than 400 mustachioed postings to help Maddie bear her long, tough treatment. Based on the authors’ experience, this sweet, hopeful, believable, and unsentimental tale rings true. Being brave, growing up, true friendship—this has it all.
Warm and witty . . . a beautifully quirky story, honestly told, that is full of heart and love and power.
Based on the true story of the authors’ daughter, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Mustaches for Maddie is good for any kid facing challenges: whether at home or at school.
Jessica Day George
New York Times bestselling author of Wednesdays in the Tower
An endearing tale. Maddie will make you laugh, fill your heart, and somehow leave you better than before you knew her story.
Richard Paul Evans
#1 New York Times bestselling author of the Michael Vey series.
Mustaches for Maddie is an incredible story full of love, humor, and courage. You will root for Maddie. You will smile with her and laugh with her. You will feel her boundless optimism. There’s never a dull moment with Maddie’s fun imagination, and her determination to face challenges will leave you feeling stronger.
author of Janitors series
Mustaches for Maddie is full of heart, hope, and humor. Maddie is an unforgettable character who faces her challenges armed with humor and imagination and will no doubt find her way into your heart. I laughed and cried, cheered and worried, and wished I’d had a friend like Maddie when I was in sixth grade. This is a must-read book for anyone facing challenges of their own.
author of Sky Jumpers series
Mustaches for Maddie is a thoroughly enjoyable testament to the power of laughter and compassion. It hit all my parent buttons. You’ll giggle with Maddie, cheer for her, cry for her, and ultimately come away feeling uplifted. I’m in love with this book and with Maddie!
J. Scott Savage
author of Mysteries of Cove series
Mustaches for Maddie is such a wonderful book about a wonderful person! You can’t help but don your own mustache as you cheer for Maddie in this emotional (and truly funny) story about a real hero taking on life’s hardest challenges.
I laughed. I cried. I hugged the book when I came to the end. The quirky humor combined with emotional depth made Mustaches for Maddie one of the most refreshing, original, and enjoyable books I’ve read in a long while.
New York Times bestselling author of Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltski
A humorous and heartfelt story of a courageous girl determined to face her troubles with a smile.
Jennifer A. Neilsen
New York Times bestselling author