If you’ve heard of The Fault in Our Stars, the recently released movie based on John Green’s bestselling book, you’ve probably heard that it’s about teenagers with cancer. And while this is true—the main characters, Gus and Hazel, meet in a teenage cancer support group—one of the movie’s greatest triumphs is not letting the characters be defined by their cancer.
The In-Between, by Barbara Stewart. When 14-year-old Eleanor Moss survives a terrible car accident, she gains entry into an in-between world inhabited by Madeline. Unlike awkward, unpopular, unhappy Eleanor, Madeline is beautiful and fearless. As her secret kinship with Madeline becomes more and more central to Eleanor’s life, the mystery of who she’s really talking to—a ghost?