Cold Hands, Warm Heart



Dani Was Born With Her Heart On The Wrong Side Of Her Body In Her Fifteen Years Of Life, She S Had Doctor S Appointments, X Rays, And Tests, And Eaten Green Hospital Jell O Than She Cares To Think About Fourteen Year Old Amanda Is A Competitive Gymnast, Her Body A Small Package Of Sleek Muscles, In Perfect Health The Two Girls Don T Know Each Other, Don T Go To The Same School, Don T Have Any Friends In Common But Their Lives Are About To Collide Acclaimed Author Jill Wolfson Tackles This Fascinating Story With Her Trademark Honesty And WitCold Hands, Warm Heart

Hello I m the author of novels for middle grade readers 8 12 and young adults.Coming soon FURIOUS April 2013 from Henry Holt The Furies of Greek mythology are rising My debut novel, What I Call Life and its follow up, Home and Other Big, Fat Lies revolve around the lives of kids living in foster care I m also the author of Cold Hands, Warm Heart Henry Holt, 2009 It s about sudden death, sudden life.

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  • Paperback
  • 253 pages
  • Cold Hands, Warm Heart
  • Jill Wolfson
  • English
  • 13 April 2018
  • 1406325414

10 thoughts on “Cold Hands, Warm Heart

  1. says:

    Cold Hands, Warm Heart is such a hard book to rate I had moments where I thought, oh, this is mediocre, come on, pick up and then on the other hand I had those whoa, this is intense and emotional it s not a book that you read to be entertained by so much as to learn from I ve decided to stick with a rating somewhere in between and give it a 3.75 I liked Dani, she was a cool kid She was genuine, I could sympathise with and for her, and the thing I loved was that she was never oh, poor Cold Hands, Warm Heart is such a hard book to rate I had moments where I thought, oh, this is mediocre, come on, pick up and then on the other hand I had those whoa, this is intense and emotional it s not a book that you read to be entertained by so much as to learn from I ve decided to stick with a rating somewhere in between and give it a 3.75 I liked Dani, she was a cool kid She was genuine, I could sympathise with and for her, and the thing I loved was that she was never oh, poor me, woe woe woe She had attitude.Milo another hospital patient was a little dark at times, however he was certainly an interesting character to get to know Being that he was in hospital for the second time after abusing his new liver, he was a bitmorose than Dani, however he certainly brought some entertainment into the storyline.A minor character, Wendy, was that cute little kid that you also kind of want to strangle She was good for laughs, though.Cold Hands, Warm Heart was told from multiple perspectives which, while not clearly indicated, were pretty easy to pick up on if you were paying attention It was nothing extreme, just slight changes in tone The three central voices were Dani, Milo also her hospital crush and Tyler brother of Amanda a.k.a the Donor The book s blurb on the back cover was a little misleading, I was expecting the story to revolve around Dani and Amanda, and while it did, it was in a different way to what I expected you know, in that Amanda has died.This wasn t a depressing death life the big picture kinds of books as some of this genre can end up being, rather it was a bit of a look into the life of an organ recipient and the families of the donor Ironically, I m reading this in the same week that my boyfriend s dad is waiting on a friend to come and visit as he is being tested to see if he s a match for a kidney transplant for my boyfriend s dad as he the father is extremely unwell So I suppose in that respect it wasinteresting for me than it may be for others

  2. says:

    I ve had Cold Hands, Warm Heart sitting on my shelf waiting to be read I decided to take the plunge and dive in I really didn t know what to expect from this, just that someone died and donated their heart to someone else But Cold Hands, Warm Heart was so muchthan that There was a lot of attention to detail, the before, during, and after of people who receive transplants How it not only affects them, but also their family and friends.I really enjoyed this book, and while it didn t blo I ve had Cold Hands, Warm Heart sitting on my shelf waiting to be read I decided to take the plunge and dive in I really didn t know what to expect from this, just that someone died and donated their heart to someone else But Cold Hands, Warm Heart was so muchthan that There was a lot of attention to detail, the before, during, and after of people who receive transplants How it not only affects them, but also their family and friends.I really enjoyed this book, and while it didn t blow me away it did make me think about a lot of things

  3. says:

    In a smaller format novel written for a teenage audience we have a fast paced gem of a story that captures the full donor recipient emotions in a way young audiences can easily relate The dynamics of family and patient both the donor and recipient sides come alive in the words of this gifted author as she ventures into a very different world than her earlier works with this telling based on much real life research and patient interviews In capturing the true sense of the teenage heart or In a smaller format novel written for a teenage audience we have a fast paced gem of a story that captures the full donor recipient emotions in a way young audiences can easily relate The dynamics of family and patient both the donor and recipient sides come alive in the words of this gifted author as she ventures into a very different world than her earlier works with this telling based on much real life research and patient interviews In capturing the true sense of the teenage heart or hearts in this case where both liver and heart transplant lives are at stake Jill Wolfson has already gotten feedback from teenage readers who have shared how this book caused them to make positive decisions to become organ donors as they face such questions in applying for a driver s license, as one example.The book takes us very quickly through Amanda s heart breaking teen sports accident all too familiar in the news, a family decision about organ donation brought about by the influence of a younger sibling, and the far reaching life saving impacts that decision has on the lives of other teens facing their own mortality much too early in life A relationship between Milo, a teen with guilt and a failed liver waiting for his second transplant, and Dani, 15 years old and waiting for her own heart transplant, comes alive in our witness to their sometimes humorous emotional insecurities as the relationship takes hold and grows, all while facing their own mortality within the confines of the hospital transplant unit The entertaining read is not without its educational merits as medical procedures are clearly described within the storyline without interrupting the flow of the story rather they become an integral part, as they should when so well written The realities of the donation process and the waiting recipient also bring out some of the challenging ethics involved in this complex real life scenario our world faces today This book is an excellent resource for young adults, both for its captivating reading and its educational merit, but families and medical staff dealing with the younger generation facing transplant issues will certainly enjoy and benefit from its reading I would love to see this book added to every school library and every children s hospital reading cart across the country, but that s another project looking for support and interest If you feel inclined to help make that happen by buying a book for your hospital or school, contact the author, Jill Wolfson, via e mail at jill jillwolfson.com and she will be happy to mail you an autographed book plate to paste into the copy Additional resource Meet and read the author discussing her life and book at this andthan a hundred other organ donation transplant related books many with my personal reviews at

  4. says:

    Dani has been limited her entire life, thanks to a heart that grew on the wrong side of her chest and could never pump properly She s rolled with most of the limitations, but can t help but wonder whether she ll die with a bucket list of nevers Amanda is an accomplished and focused fourteen year old gymnast They ve never met, but their lives are about to intersect after Amanda misses part of a routine and suffers a serious brain injury When Amanda s parents and her older brother have to f Dani has been limited her entire life, thanks to a heart that grew on the wrong side of her chest and could never pump properly She s rolled with most of the limitations, but can t help but wonder whether she ll die with a bucket list of nevers Amanda is an accomplished and focused fourteen year old gymnast They ve never met, but their lives are about to intersect after Amanda misses part of a routine and suffers a serious brain injury When Amanda s parents and her older brother have to face the choice of removing life support and deciding whether to donate her organs, it s very painful Each one deals with their pain in a different way Tyler, her brother discovers a secret folder on his sister s computer that opens up an entirely new way of understanding her While Dani is waiting for a new heart because hers has weakened too much, she meets other kids who are waiting for transplants There s nine year old Wendy, a ball of sassy fire who needs a kidney and Milo who looks hot even if he s sort of yellow because his first donor liver is dying because he got angry and stopped taking care of himself The last thing Dani expected while wondering if she s going to die or get a new heart is a boyfriend, but that s what happens when she and Milo start talking There are multiple story lines in this wonderful book The girl whose mistake cost her life, but allowed several other kids to have a new lease on theirs, the grieving brother who starts to see the world in a totally different way as he reads letters from the kids who received his sister s organs and the bit players like the nurses, organ transporter and the parents This is a beautiful book about a reality that many juveniles will face either personally or when a family member or friend needs a transplant Jill Wolfson has done a superb job of weaving the realities of transplants into a quirky teen love story

  5. says:

    Absolutely loved this A book that makes you think about life in different angles and what it means to be you I laughed and cried at the same time A definite read for those who liked My Sister s Keeper.Dani was born with her heart on the wrong side of her body In her fifteen years of life, she s haddoctors appointments, X rays and tests and eatengreen hospital jelly than she cares about Fourteen year old Amanda is a competitive gymnast, her body a small package of sleek muscles, Absolutely loved this A book that makes you think about life in different angles and what it means to be you I laughed and cried at the same time A definite read for those who liked My Sister s Keeper.Dani was born with her heart on the wrong side of her body In her fifteen years of life, she s haddoctors appointments, X rays and tests and eatengreen hospital jelly than she cares about Fourteen year old Amanda is a competitive gymnast, her body a small package of sleek muscles, in perfect health.The two girls didn t know each other until a shocking incident leaves them closer than you think The only thing Dani is thinking about now, is How do you greet your donor s family CHARACTERS 4 5I loved Dani a lot She was very bubbly and seemed to have a mature attitude towards her illness However, I believedetail was needed to be added about Dani and her life background, why she calls her Mum Beth, where here dad is I think Amanda s character was built up well and made sure you felt sympathy for her without hating Dani for her death.PLOT AND ORIGINALITY4 5The transplant aspect of the plot is very original and thought provoking however I felt one of the main plots regarding Dani and Milo s romance echoed very much the romance within My Sister s Keeper.WRITING 5 5I was expecting a twist of fate at the end however, the end is easy to predict with no twist However, it was a page turner and I couldn t put it down EFFECT ON ME5 5Wow It really is thought provoking, making me reflect on my life, what happens when you die and what makes me, me OVERALL RATING 4.5RECOMMENDED RELATED READS My Sister s Keeper

  6. says:

    Cold Hands, Warm Heart was a tolerable read but straining itself from the I am about to trash it side While the idea is innovative, it lacks the finer details.There was so much going on It had about 5 different points of views, 3 side stories, and a romance, a funeral, a revelation, and a whole bunch of other stuff thrown in There was no definite cohesion and nothing but a thin thread connecting all the stories together At points the author gets overly descriptive for some of the character Cold Hands, Warm Heart was a tolerable read but straining itself from the I am about to trash it side While the idea is innovative, it lacks the finer details.There was so much going on It had about 5 different points of views, 3 side stories, and a romance, a funeral, a revelation, and a whole bunch of other stuff thrown in There was no definite cohesion and nothing but a thin thread connecting all the stories together At points the author gets overly descriptive for some of the characters appearance but then becomes stark and face the fact The ending was lackluster and the opening was bland But there are some strong points to this book The emotional appeal can captivate many and the chameleon like voices switching from child like to the mature adult, was compelling to the keen eye Overall Not sure exactly what to say

  7. says:

    Ages 11 except for those pesky three pages where the hospital bound teens play a game of fucked or foolish 14 year old gymnast Amanda is dead after a freak accident on the uneven bars 15 year old Dani is barely clinging to life, victim of a heart that has been malformed since birth 16 year old Tyler, Amanda s brother, isn t sure how to cope with the suddenness of his sister s death Milo is on the wait list for a second liver transplant, after he screwed up the first one he got by drinkin Ages 11 except for those pesky three pages where the hospital bound teens play a game of fucked or foolish 14 year old gymnast Amanda is dead after a freak accident on the uneven bars 15 year old Dani is barely clinging to life, victim of a heart that has been malformed since birth 16 year old Tyler, Amanda s brother, isn t sure how to cope with the suddenness of his sister s death Milo is on the wait list for a second liver transplant, after he screwed up the first one he got by drinking and not taking his meds.Teens cope with mortality and celebrate life in this book on organ donation and its effects on donor families and recipients alike.If you like Lurlene McDaniel or Before I Die by Jenny Downham An interesting book to pair with Unwind by Shusterman

  8. says:

    Holy smokes My favorite book of the summer

  9. says:

    Amanda was a fourteen year old gymnast, but when her life ends so many others can restartAs Amanda s family make the choice despite its toughness, to donate her like thriving organs to giv greatful donor s As her mum and dad are kind of reunited over their grief despite their divorce, Tyler wants to hear from the donor sDani was born with a large heart and on the wrong side of her chest.Milo the boy in the room next to hers in hospital has a failing liver despite having had a transplant p Amanda was a fourteen year old gymnast, but when her life ends so many others can restartAs Amanda s family make the choice despite its toughness, to donate her like thriving organs to giv greatful donor s As her mum and dad are kind of reunited over their grief despite their divorce, Tyler wants to hear from the donor sDani was born with a large heart and on the wrong side of her chest.Milo the boy in the room next to hers in hospital has a failing liver despite having had a transplant previously.Miriam can see again out of her eye, Wendy is a happy little girl again with a new kidney and another girl minorly mentioned gets a new pancreas to cure her diabetes.As Dani and Milo kind of fall for each other, Tyler replies to the donor s, eventually meeting Dani and his mum getting some final closure on his sister s death.It was moving and emotional as expected of a novel all about transplants and how essential and life saving they are It was a new topic to read about I m teen fiction as I have never come across one about the subject before Each character had an important role and it extremely well plotted and written as I wouldn t change a thing

  10. says:

    I will read this again any day I read it Lit Circles

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