Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls
List No. 1-Five Facts About Me
1. My name is Sam.
2. I am eleven years old.
3. I collect stories and fantastic facts.
4. I have leukemia.
5. By the time you read this, I will probably be dead.
And so begins Ways to Live Forever, a collection of lists, stories and snippets about 11 year-old Sam and his attempt, despite all odds, to live a full life.
At times funny (List No. 4-Ways to Live Forever, item 2. Become a vampire. Hope you don’t meet Buffy.) and at times serious (Questions Nobody Answers No. 2 Why does God make kids get ill) Nicholls portrays a realistic view of what’s it is like and the issues surrounding being terminally sick at such a young age.