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Rob Harrell

Surviving school with one eye open. Ross Maloy just wants to fit in.    

But after he is diagnosed with a rare eye cancer in Year Seven, he suddenly becomes the ‘cancer kid’ of his school.

Now he has to deal with weird hats, a squinty eye and - hardest of all - disappearing friends, social media bullies, and the threat of losing his eyesight…or worse.   

Based on Rob Harrell’s real-life experiences, and packed with his cartoons and illustrations, this is a heartbreaking and hilarious story of survival, and of finding the music, magic and laughter in all of life’s weirdness. 


High school, Year 7, everything is meant to be normal, right? But not for Ross Maloy. With a sudden and horrifying diagnosis Ross becomes the ‘cancer kid’. A rare, aggressive eye cancer turns his world upside down and nobody seems to know what to say or how to behave around him anymore. In all the weirdness and heartache, Ross discovers the power of true friendship, laughter and, most importantly, music as medicine.

This is a personal and poignant story of survival based on Rob Harrell’s real-life experience and filled with his cartoons and illustrations. Full of heart and humour, it’s perfect for fans of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder and Samantha Wheeler’s Everything I’ve Never Said.

Bianca Looney works as a bookseller at Readings Kids.

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