April 5, 1944
Too Young to Die
Lurlene McDaniel's young heroes and heroines lose family members to death or face life-threatening illnesses themselves.
Typically, Lacey Duval in All the Days of Her Life has accepted her parents' divorce and spends a summer at Jenny House, learning to deal with her diabetes. Now she wants to start a new life. She is determined to fit in with the best crowd at school and gain the eye of handsome Todd Larson, but she tries to lose weight by skipping meals and experimenting with her medication—ingredients for disaster.
“'You know, Lacey, you're the person who won't accept that you have a disease. Why is that?'” a friend, Jeff, asks.
“She whirled on him. 'How can you ask me that when you've just admitted that girls drop you once they discover you're a bleeder? You of all people should understand why I keep my little secret.'
“'I don't like being a hemophiliac, but it's what I am. I can't be responsible for girls who can't handle it. Who can't see past the illness and accept me. I do know that I have some pretty incredible friends who know about my problem and who care in spite of it. Give people a chance, Lacey. They just might pleasantly surprise you.'”
Lurlene Gallagher McDaniel, the daughter of a career naval officer and a homemaker, attended the University of Florida. In 1966, she married Joseph McDaniel. They have two sons.
As a child, McDaniel loved hearing stories. She began writing prose and verse in the first grade. Two years later, she wrote a play