Sam: The Boy Behind The Mask
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Sam: The Boy Behind The Mask

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A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist journeys into the life of Sam Lightner, a young boy born with a rare, disfiguring growth that distorts the left side of his face, from the dangerous operation to remove the malformation, to his lapse into a life-threatening coma, to his struggle back to life, in a
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 7th 2003 by Berkley Trade (first published October 14th 2002)
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Victoria Ontiveros
Sam: The Boy behind the Mask is very inspiring book to read because this makes you think about how others with a disorder feel inside when they are in public. Sam is a boy who was born with a tumor on the left side of his face and faces school with students looking at him daily wondering what’s on his face. Although surgeons around the world are scared to take Sam into surgery because of the high risks of Sam’s life on the line. But changes when a women surgeon comes in everything changes for Sa...more
Katherine
In Hallman’s book, Sam: The Boy Behind the Mask, he artfully describes the life and journey that Sam, his siblings, and parents go through as they struggle from countless doctors and hospitals trying to save Sam’s life. Sam was born with a disfiguring and dangerously abnormal growth on his face that was slowly putting pressure on his face and throat that would eventually lead to his death. The book details all of Sam’s medical problems and the doctors who treated him.
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Kirsten
This book made me so happy and sad at the same time. It was such a feel good kind of story, but without a perfect happy ending. It was really interesting reading this book because the main character Sam, went to my middle school before it became a k-8 (and before I went there) and he went to Grant. Also a very important doctor in his life was Dr. Monica Wehby who is now in the midst of a campaign. This book was a rather easy read, but it contained some harder content because of the medical langu...more
Melissa Jill
I couldn't put this book down. I read the 4-part series written by Hallman online but had to pick up the book to find out more. This is a true story of a boy born with a severe facial deformity. It follows his life and the events surrounding his middle school and early high school years. It's hard to imagine a more challenging hand to be dealt. But the faith and love of his family, as well as Sam's attitude and outlook on life are inspiring.

I only wish there was a way to find out what Sam has b...more
Jill
Hallman takes a journalistic approach to this young man's story of disability and medical malady. It is an easy, smooth read, though at times Hallman takes to repeating himself. It's a story that makes you think about what life is like when people only see your disfigurement and not the person inside, and also about the kinds of decisions you have to make as a parent when your child's life is on the line.

If you enjoy reading about medical procedures and the lives of young people, you will proba...more
Lisa Lap
This was a quick read and yet a powerful book about the strength of the human spirit. Sam is born with a facial disfigurement that doctors are afraid to try and remove. The book is a compilation of the newspaper articles written by Tom Hallman, for which he won the Pulizter prize. Sam and his family are incredible in their love for each other and wanting to provide the most normal life for Sam that they can.

I'd recommend this book to everyone but especially teenagers who often struggle with bod...more
Vonnie
Interesting book about a boy born with a vascular anomalie on his face. Originally doctors suspected as a fetus that his brain was developing outside his skull. Upon birth they were surprised to find it otherwise. His life has been difficult with this birth defect, yet he maintains high grades & was at grade level in spite of hospitalizations. A great book that teaches compassion for those who look different.
Joy
This book is really just an expanded version of Oregonian reporter Tom Hallman's Pulitzer Prize winning series of stories. The newspaper story is incredible. But in my eyes, Hallman has fallen off my list of top reporters after some questions about his work surfaced...unfortunately shortly after I took a writing class from him. So much for inspiration...
Cindy
Read this in one evening! So compelling. Account of a boy suffering from the severest of cranial facial malformations. a detailed and dramatic account of his surgery keeps you on the edge of your seat. Incredible love, courage, strength. all medical stories should be written like this one!
Andy Perdue
This is an unbelievably heartwarming and well-written book, the story of a boy with incredible inner strength. Sam's story is truly inspirational.
Maureen
A moving and well-written book based on the award winning newspaper series. Well worth reading. It will not disappoint you.
Book Concierge
An interesting and inspiring story of one boy's courage facing a terrible medical challenge.
Michelle
well written story--compassionate but realistic look at a boy's struggle to overcome obstacles
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