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Pink Hair and Other Terrible Ideas
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Pink Hair and Other Terrible Ideas

Twelve-year-old Josephine has a lot on her plate, best friend issues, first crush issues, divorced parent issues, twin brother issues . . . and then her mom hits her with news that shakes her to her core: a breast cancer diagnosis. Josephine doesn't want anyone to know, not even her best friend. Sharing the news means it's actually real, and that's something she's not ready to face. Plus it would mean dealing with the stares and pity of her classmates. She got enough of that when her parents split up. Unfortunately for Josephine, her twin brother, Chance, doesn't feel the same way. And when Chance dyes his hair pink to support his mom, the cat is out of the bag. Suddenly Josephine has to rethink her priorities. Does getting an invite to the party of the year matter when your mom is sick? And what if it does matter? Does that make her a monster?

PublisherCapstone Editions
BrandCapstone Editions
Age Level9-12 Years
Reading LevelGrades 4-7
GenreRealistic Fiction
Trim Size5 1/4 x 7 1/2
Page Count256



New Moon Girls Magazine - Lacey Louwagie

"There are few changes as scary as having someone you love face a serious illness or injury. That’s why 12-year-old Josephine doesn’t want to tell anyone that her mom has breast cancer. . . .But then her brother dyes his hair pink in support of their mom, and it’s all anyone can talk about. Suddenly Josephine is questioning all her priorities, like whether it’s OK for her to care so much about getting invited to the best parties when her mom is sick." - New Moon Girls Magazine

January 13, 2019

Ms Yingling Reads - Karen

"...does a great job at showing how family events can impact students' lives, and how normal concerns about school and friends don't fade away in the face of larger issues, just become more complicated. Definitely purchasing." - Ms Yingling Reads

January 30, 2019

Angel Cancer Foundation - Sarah J. Manes, MS, CCLS, Vice President

"Josephine is a true-to-life character. Her pre-teen emotions and reactions are spot on—from having a parent with cancer, school drama, having a crush, or feelings from divorce. Andrea Pryos’ book Pink Hair and Other Terrible Ideas is truly heartwarming, charming and poignant." - Angel Cancer Foundation

October 30, 2018


KidsRead/The Book Report Network - Kat Baumgartner

"...An excellent example of middle grade fiction because it tackles big issues without losing sight of the fact that, even when faced with potentially life-changing news, a 12-year-old will still be worried about the party of the year, the judgment of their peers and whether or not their crush likes them back." - KidsRead/The Book Report Network

March 20, 2019

Foreword Reviews - Catherine Thureson

"Cancer is dealt with in a gentle, age-appropriate manner. . . .Pink Hair and Other Terrible Ideas is an empathetic story about learning to face problems both great and small." - Foreword Reviews

January 1, 2019

Angel Cancer Foundation - Emily Rezac, Facing Cancer Together Program Manager

"Pink Hair and Other Terrible Ideas puts you smack dab into the middle of the raw emotions felt during a cancer experience. This book does a phenomenal job of expressing the common emotions, feelings and actions of an adolescent as they begin to cope with the reality of cancer." - Angel Cancer Foundation

October 30, 2018


Books by Kimi - Camilla

"It’s also nice to read a story where sickness has a big impact on people’s lives but isn’t the focal point of the story. We do get some info about the journey Josephine’s mother is taking – hospital visits for instance – but there’s more focus on the effect on the children than the disease itself. This story is a quick read but one that stays with you for a few days. . . .I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a touching contemporary story about family, friendship and growing up." - Books by Kimi

January 11, 2019

The Winged Pen - Halli Gomez

"As adults, the great majority of us have dealt with friends and/or family with health issues, some of them quite serious. It’s difficult, heartbreaking, and confusing. I can’t imagine a child being in the middle of that. In Pink Hair and Other Terrible Ideas, Pyros shows us how two people, siblings, deal with their mother’s breast cancer diagnosis. What I loved about this book was that Pyros showed us how people can have completely different thoughts, fears, and methods of coping with difficult situations. Every reaction is not only possible, but also appropriate, and no one should feel ashamed or embarrassed at how they choose to deal." - The Winged Pen

January 22, 2019

Andrea Pyros

Andrea Pyros

Andrea Pyros is the author My Year of Epic Rock, which was called “a perfect read for anyone who feels BFF-challenged” by Booklist and “a charming addition to upper elementary and middle school collections”  by School Library Journal. Andrea is a contributor to the popular website, From The Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors and has written extensively for young adults, starting with her stint as co-founder of the pop culture website Girls on Film and then as a senior-level editor at a variety of teen magazines.     A native of New York City, Andrea now lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and their two children. For more information, visit her at

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