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What Are You Hiding, Tory?

Author(s): Melanie Ann Apel

Middle Grade/Tween Health Issues, Friendship

Tory is an average sixth grader -- with a big secret. Tory and her best friend Kelly are starting a new school year full of exciting adventures … Tory is going to be allowed to babysit, there’s a school dance coming up and there are some really cute boys in the sixth grade class! It’s going to be a great year! But something is on Tory’s mind. On the first day of school Tory’s teacher asks the students to introduce themselves and tell one thing about themselves to the rest of the class. Tory doesn’t know what to say, because the only thing that comes to Tory’s mind is the one thing she wants to keep to herself. Tory tries hard to keep her secret but a chain of events including a slumber party and a hospital stay make this impossible.

Eleven-year-old Tory has a life-threatening illness called cystic fibrosis.

When a classmate of Tory’s exposes her secret at the Halloween slumber party, Tory and her friends learn about real friendship when the rest of the sixth grade doesn’t treat her differently after all, and the cute boy who asked her to the winter dance still wants to be her date, despite seeing the reality of cystic fibrosis as Tory endures a coughing spell right in front of him. What Are You Hiding, Tory? is a story about a girl with a secret who learns that the real secret is that she is really just like everyone else.


Chapter 12


The week of Halloween all of the lower-grade classes at Keller Elementary decorated the walls of the first floor with pumpkins and ghosts. Our school had a pumpkin carving contest and one kid from each grade won a prize for the best pumpkin. In our class, the winner was Ryan Polonsky. You could tell he had spent a lot of time on his pumpkin. Not only was it carved, but he had painted it, too. In the kindergarten class the prize went to Gia Georgeopoulos. I couldn’t really tell what her pumpkin was supposed to look like, though. The biggest surprise was that my brother, Alec, won for the eighth grade. I hadn’t even seen the pumpkin he carved because, as usual, he had left the project for the last minute and I was already asleep by the time he got started.

Kelly and I helped the kindergartners get into their costumes during recess on Friday. What a mess! There were costume parts everywhere! I didn’t know which way to turn because every time I tried to help one child put on a costume another child was pulling on my sleeve to get my attention.

“Tie this.”

“Zip me up.”

“Put my tail on.”

“Where’s my hat?”

“Help me with my tights.”

“Which foot does this go on?”

No wonder Miss Denny asked us to help the kids. She didn’t want to do this herself! By the time the bell rang and Miss Denny returned, we had all the kids dressed and ready for their party. Kelly and I just sat on the floor looking at all the kids. There were six witches, four ghosts, three clowns, four bunnies, and a bunch of super heroes and princesses. The kids were checking each other out to see who had the best costume. I really like the little kids. Sometimes I think I would like to be a teacher when I grow up. I don’t like to think about that much, though. There is no cure for cystic fibrosis yet.

I used to know a girl named Angela Henry. I would see her at the CF clinic at the hospital sometimes. She was in college studying to be an accountant. She was really smart and she was always really nice to me. When I was little she would read me story books while we sat in the waiting room. The last time I went to CF clinic, in July, she wasn’t there. I asked Dr. Mallers how Angela was doing. She had been pretty sick the last time I had seen her, though she had still told me some pretty good jokes and made me laugh. Dr. Mallers told me that Angie had died in June. She was only twenty then. Twenty seems pretty old, especially compared to eleven, but I know it’s really not. It’s really only a few years older than my sister, and she’s not really all that much older than me. When I think about it, it makes me sad. I want I live more than nine more years! I hope someone finds a cure soon.

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ISBN (Print):
ISBN (Electronic): 978-1-77127-534-7
Genre: Tween
Date Published: 05/08/2014
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

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