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Cancer ascendant Autruche

By Julie Champagne

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“With its numerous allusions to astronomy and its unforgettable heroine, this story takes us on a luminous journey that inspires a beautiful feeling of serenity in the face of sometimes cruel fate. Sam’s biting wit helps us navigate a galaxy of emotions engendered by her mother’s illness. The originality of the text and the exceptional mastery of style and tone make this a powerful work that will capture the hearts of all readers.”

—Peer assessment committee: Edith Kabuya, Daniel Marchildon and Mireille Villeneuve


When Sam finds out that her mother has cancer, she feels like her world is falling apart. But rather than let herself be stunned by sadness, the very rational teen decides to take action and do everything she can to save her mom.

In her wild quest, every little thing matters, as long as it lets Sam avoid looking a cruel reality in the face—her mother is sick, and her chances of survival are decreasing every single day.

This is a funny and moving novel that takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster.

Julie Champagne smiling into the camera


Julie Champagne is a writer and journalist. After studying marketing at McGill University, she worked as a strategic planner in a promotion agency before leaving to write full-time. She is now a journalist and the editor-in-chief of Curium, a magazine for teenagers. She is also the author of several novels for young people, such as the Escouade Fiasco series published by la courte échelle and the Hackerboy series in the Zèbre collection from Bayard Canada. Julie Champagne lives in Mirabel, Quebec, with her greatest joy: the two small human beings who accompany her on a daily basis.

Photo : Chantale Lecours

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