Ishbel Moore tells the story of Annilea ($8.95, ages nine to twelve), a young girl with Moebius syndrome, a nerve condition which keeps her from smiling, laughing or even blinking. Annilea and her parents must consider the pros and cons of “smile surgery”; and their decision leads to reflection on the importance people place on outward appearance. Though not always uplifting or happy, this book teaches a valuable lesson. mRb
Sarah Rosenfeld is a writer and associate editor for a travel and leisure magazine for Canadian physicians.