Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Cold Hands, Warm Heart

Finished January 1
Cold Hands, Warm Heart by Jill Wolfson

This teen novel focuses on fifteen-year-old Dani. Dani was born with her heart on the wrong side of her chest, and has had numerous health problems related to her heart since then. She is at the point where she has moved to the top of the list of people needing heart transplants. We see her outlook on life and how she reacts to the reality of a transplant.
We also see things from Tyler`s viewpoint. Tyler is seventeen and his sister Amanda dies as a result of a freak gymnastics accident. We see how he reacts to this loss and how he moves forward.
This book puts real faces on organ donors, donor recipients, and the families of both, handling loss, uncertainty, and the realities of life.
There is humour, sadness, and insight. A great book club read.


  1. Wow, this sounds really good.

  2. Yes Irene, interesting subject matter too.

  3. It's a book for children, but I wonder if you've read Malorie Blackman's 'Pig-Heart Boy' which was written at the time when the possibility of using pig hearts for transplant was being raised in certain quarters of the British press. It is well written and raises all sorts of interesting issues.

  4. No, I haven't read that one Alex, hadn't even heard of it. My library doesn't have it, so I may have to do an ILL. Thanks for the suggestion.