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When 10-year-old Becky Zaslow is diagnosed with leukemia, it is the beginning of a long painful ordeal. Fortunately, she won't have to go through it alone. Besides having a very supportive family, she has three zebras. Yes, zebras. How they get to Becky's room doesn't matter. It is what they do for her that counts. By keeping her spirits up, and teaching her about something called True Courage, they help her make the most of each day. Even when she might be dying, the zebras help her live.

A few years ago, another little girl --- a real person by the name of Kelly Weil --- went through the same ordeal as Becky. Sadly, Kelly died. But Kelly's memory remains alive thanks to a one-page story that she wrote about a spotted zebra named Zink. Author Cherie Bennett has taken this true story and combined it with her own tale about Becky. The result is ZINK.

Though the story revolves around Becky's cancer, this book is about courage and life, not leukemia. Throughout ZINK, the characters have to face a lot danger: for Becky it is the cancer, and the painful chemotherapy. For the zebras it is the lions that stalk them night and day. It takes courage to face that everyday --- and courage does not mean fearlessness. Courage is when you feel afraid yet still stand strong. And even though these are two completely different types danger, Becky and the zebras have another thing in common...they want to live. Becky and her zebra friends live long after you finish reading this book.

Reviewed by Kathy Hale on March 13, 2001

by Cherie Bennett

  • Publication Date: March 13, 2001
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling
  • ISBN-10: 0440228107
  • ISBN-13: 9780440228103