Zac & Mia

Zac & Mia

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PUB DATE: 25/09/2014

EXTENT: 272pp

FORMAT: paperback

ISBN: 978192247257

READING AGE: 14+

RIGHTS: World: Text Publishing; Brazil: Novo Conceito; Canada: HarperCollins; Germany: S Fischer Verla; Italy: Salani; The Netherlands: Blossom; Poland: Wydawnictwo Jk Jacek Kaszyk; Russia: Gayatri; Spain: Salamandra; Turkey: Pena Yayinlari; USA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The last person Zac expects in the room next door is a girl like Mia, angry and feisty with questionable taste in music. In the real world, he wouldn’t—couldn’t—be friends with her. In hospital different rules apply, and what begins as a knock on the wall leads to a note—then a friendship neither of them sees coming.

You need courage to be in hospital; different courage to be back in the real world. In one of these worlds Zac needs Mia. And in the other Mia needs Zac. Or maybe they both need each other, always.

PRAISE FOR A.J. BETTS AND ZAC & MIA

‘There is a great sense of warmth and humour in this story, which will appeal to both YA and adult readers…A stand-out novel for 2013.’ Australian Books and Publishing

‘Above average in this burgeoning subgenre; it’s the healing powers of friendship, love and family that make this funny-yet-philosophical tale of brutal teen illness stand out.’ Kirkus

‘Betts portrays cancer as hard, scary, and isolating, but beatable—or at least bearable—if one isn’t facing it alone, and her depiction of a boy trying to hold onto normal life and a girl realizing she can’t keep hers from changing has power.’ Publishers Weekly