ARC Reviews, Middle Grade Fiction

Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris & Shelly Brown

Grades 4-6


Twelve-year-old Maddie loves carrying mustaches in her pocket. They’re perfect for making people laugh, which is what she loves to do. All she has to do it take a mustache out and put it on and giggles ensue. Maddie focuses on her mustaches, but not enough to ignore the fact that her arm only feels right when she curls it against her, and she is constantly tripping over her feet. Unable to stop these things from happening to her body, she tells her parents and they take her to the doctor, It is there that she receives shocking news about why this is happening to her limbs: she has a brain tumor and needs surgery to remove it. Maddie is very scared and wonders if the doctors will be able to do what they need to do to get rid of the tumor. It is then that her imagination kicks into high gear and she needs her funny mustaches more than ever.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.