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Audience: 5th Grade - 7th Grade
Toby's family rented a house for the summer. All Toby wanted to do was ride his bike down big hills and have fun outside. Toby's mom is always worrying about him, and she does not want Toby doing anything that might cause him to get hurt. Toby has cancer. During the summer, Toby meets an elderly lady named Pearl, who once wrote poetry. She is 90 years old, nearly blind, and she won't leave her house even though that's what her family wants. Pearl has an old cow named Blossom. Toby enjoys spending time with the cow, just like Pearl. Pearl and Toby develop a close friendship. One day Toby finds a lump on his body. His cancer has recurred. He doesn't tell anyone because he does not want to go back to the hospital and endure additional painful treatments. He's also having fun for the first time in a long time. When Blossom the Cow dies from old age, it serves as a wake up call to Toby. He decides he needs to fight his cancer again.
Date read: 4/28/2009
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