A story about never giving up on your dreams, no matter how hard life’s obstacles become Radiate is empowering. Hayley constantly sets goals for herself, and even when her goals can't be met in time, she never quits. She is a strong and inspirational heroine that will make you cry, laugh out loud and cheer for a happy ending.

Hayley has gone through most of high school watching the popular people from the sidelines. She’s in her school's marching band and the closest she’s gotten to her football-playing crush is playing the music at halftime. This all changes when Hayley builds up the nerve to try out for the varsity cheerleading squad. She works hard, gets in and proves to everyone that she can be an amazing cheerleader. However, before she gets to the most serious training, she notices a painful lump on her leg. She misses cheer camp, the first game, and the first week of school for chemotherapy and radiation. But will Hayley allow cancer to get in the way of what she has always wanted? (HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT, April 2012, 400 pp., ISBN: 9780547617282, 12 & up)

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Nori Morganstein