Heart Sister by Michael F. Stewart
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After his twin sister, Minnie, dies in an accident, Emmitt’s world goes sideways. He’s lost his best friend and it feels like the family is falling apart without her. But Minnie was an organ donor and Emmitt soon receives an anonymous thank you letter from one of the transplant recipients. Inspiration strikes, and he decides to try and put his sister back together, in spirit. He’s going to track down each organ recipient and film them to show his parents the results of Minnie’s selfless act and help them move on. But when each recipient falls short of his expectations and the star of his film, the girl who received his sister’s heart, refuses to meet him, Emmitt has to turn to extreme measures to find her. What he doesn’t know is that his “heart sister” is hiding an agonizing secret, one that could push Emmitt to the breaking point.
What a fabulous story about a twin brother who is determined to find the people who have received his late sister’s donor organs.
Emmitt is an incredible character. His unimaginable and difficult mission to find and videotape his twin sister’s organ recipients in a virtual reality setting featuring his deceased sister, Minnie, is an extraordinary idea. In addition, his selfless and loving gesture in creating this film to help his mother come out of her depression of losing her daughter is a testament to his love for family. I love that he calls all of the organ recipients his brothers and sisters, i.e. heart sister, lung brother, etc.
I am fascinated with Minnie’s obsession with taxidermy. She used dead animals as her art by putting them in a diorama which is a model representing a scene with three-dimensional figures. A diorama that Emmitt uses for his virtual reality film.
Overall, this is one of my favorite books of the year. Emmitt’s ability to track down patients who have faced indescribable challenges to be a recipient of his sister’s organs is a remarkable story. I recommend this book to people who are on the fence about donating their organs. It is a gift like no other.
Thank you to Mr. Stewart for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
- 1 print copy of Heart Sister
- 10x ebook copies of Ray Vs the Meaning of Life
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael F. Stewart is an award-winning author of many books for young people in various genres, including Ray Vs. the Meaning of Life, which earned a Kirkus Star and won the Publishers Weekly’s Booklife Grand Prize. and Heart Sister (Summer/Fall 2020, Orca Books). Michael lives in Ottawa.