Monday, February 25, 2013

Old Before My Time: Hayley Okines' Life with Progeria by Hayley Okines, Kerry Okines, Alison Stokes

Hayley Okines is like no other 13-year-old schoolgirl.
In Old Before My Time, Hayley and her mum Kerry reflect on her unusual life. Share Hayley’s excitement as she travels the world meeting her pop heroes Kylie, Girls Aloud and Justin Bieber and her sadness as she loses her best friend to the disease at the age of 11.
Now as she passes the age of 13 – the average life expectancy for a child with progeria – Hayley talks frankly about her hopes for the future and her pioneering drug trials in America which could unlock the secrets of ageing for everyone...
From Goodreads.

An interesting biography. One could say that Hayley is a very lucky girl as she has experienced more in her short life than most ordinary people will do in their lifetime - at a cost of course. But I can't help thinking about all the other children with serious illnesses who never get to experience all those exciting things. That is why, despite all the trials and tests Hayley has to go through, I still consider her lucky.

This book qualifies for:
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge
Tower Teams Read 2013
Serious Readers 2013
2013 Ebook Challenge
2013 A-Z Reading Challenge
2013 Women Challenge
Let Me Count the Ways Reading Challenge 2013 (224 pages)
2013 Why Buy the Cow? Reading Challenge (free on 19th of December 2012)
2013 Literary Exploration Reading Challenge
Quick fix Challenge 2013 (224 pages)

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