What Makes Them Amazing

Written by Janine De Tillio Cammarata, author and president of Nick's Fight to be Healed Foundation.

Follows nine young adults whose cancer journeys have led to deep changes in perspective, stronger faith, lessons in giving back, as well as lessons in letting go. No matter what the outcome of their journeys, these stories are about hope, determination and love, which will inspire others to never give up when facing life’s adversities. These are the stories of our communities, our families, and our young adults’ lives and legacies.

Audience: (All ages)
ISBN: 978-0-9776912-2-7
$20.00 Donation to Nick's Fight to be Healed Foundation

Winner in the ‘Young Adult: Non-fiction’ category of the International Book Awards

Proceeds are donated to Nick's Fight to be Healed Foundation which directly benefit The Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Albany Medical Center.

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What's being said...

"I just wanted to let you know how much we are enjoying your What Makes Them Amazing. Completely sincere, beautifully written and you really capture the essence of these heroes and their families. Kudos to you for creating such a beautiful homage to the kids and letting their stories be heard."

Nancy Donnelly
Lyrics from the Heart


Excerpt from What Makes Them Amazing Foreword by Dr. Joanne Porter

What Makes Them Amazing is a stunning account about real people who have had to face their fears concerning their own cancer diagnosis, the intensive treatments, and the possibility of losing everything. This collections sets itself apart from other sympathetic cancer books by telling the personal stories of several teen and young adult patients who lived through their cancer diagnosis, realized their own mortality, and coped with their newly defined life while on chemotherapy. This book inspires hope for those of us struggling with adversity and perhaps similar medical problems. Janine Cammarata has captured the pulse of life in these individuals. Her interviews reflect the very thing that helps them survive in the jungle of cancer: HOPE.

What's Being Said?

  • Adult Writing Workshop Reviews

    "Through this class I was finally able to complete something that I am confident about."

    "It bumped my thinking from left-brain to right-brain--a whole new mind!"


     

  • "I SO enjoyed your work, I didn’t want to put it down, and then didn’t want it to end. I am very excited for the next book in the series, to continue my adventure with the sisters."

    Judi


  • "I really enjoyed this book. I love Celtic stories. I really enjoyed the dreaming aspect to the book as well. How in our dreams we can go anywhere . The characters in this book , knew that and took advantage of it.

    I had read "Warriors Within", which was her first book. I looked forward to reading this sequel (Eyes of the Goddess) and was not disappointed. I look forward to her next book!!"

    V. McCarney


  • Adult Writing Workshop Review

    "This well-thought-out course covered the essentials of creative writing in a logical progression. Class discussion and activities as well as assignments were thought-provoking and stimulating."


     

  • "I just wanted to let you know that I loved your book. I have been an avid reader of fantasy based novels or most of my life and I found this one refreshing and highly engaging. I truly hope there will be a few more books in this cycle. Thanks!"

    Rebecca


  • "Eyes of the Goddess, Book Two of the Fianna Cycle, takes up where Warriors Within left off. Present-day New York City is entwined with 3rd century Ireland by their respective inhabitants, Michaela Sommers and Maecha Ruadh Mac Art, heiress to the throne of Tara. Michaela is involved in a search for the drug lord who killed her father, Police Narcotics Officer Jack Sommers, while Maecha is about to embark on a voyage to Alba (ancient Scotland) to free her father, King Cormac, who had been kidnapped by the Picts. The two worlds are connected by the dream travel of Michaela, the chief druid Finnius Amergin, and Natalie, a child who exists in NYC but is destined to save ancient Ireland from ruin. Cammarata's keen knowledge of Celtic lore and skill in martial arts combine to create an exciting story of ancient battles, gods and magic, honor, loyalty and love. Young adults who love a good adventure story will certainly love this one. While Eyes of the Goddess can be read as a stand-alone, readers will want to start with Warriors Within to experience the full epic tale."

    Joan Weiskotten

    Young Adult Librarian
    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

  • "Cammarata's action packed storytelling never lets up. The urgency of the pacing draws the reader into Maecha's world quickly, but it is the fierceness of her loyalty and love that defines the narrative. Well-developed details ground the magical elements and make a world where people time travel in their dreams and are friends with gods believable. Jumping from the ancient past to modern day is at first jarring, but as the characters' lives weave together, their complicated relationships deepen the meaning of the story and give it a powerful sense of destiny fulfilled. "

    The US Review of Books


  • "I usually read mysteries or non fiction. Every once in a while I like to try something different. If you like J.R.R. Tolkien or the Chronicles of Narnia this is a good fit. I enjoyed the story line and the character development. I wonder if and when book 2 will be available?"

    Marla


  • "I loved learning about the Celtic lore that is written about in this book! Can't wait to read the next one :)"

    Cie


  • "I bought The Warrior Within at a fundraiser although it was not the type of book I usually purchase. I have been missing out..! I was immediately hooked and disappointed that it took so long for Eyes of the Goddess to be published. Please know that I purchased Eyes of the Goddess through Amazon and appreciate how quickly it was delivered. I am amazed a the skill of the author in being able to transition from the present to the past without losing the reader in the process. I love the Celtic aspect and the storyline continues to keep me addicted to this trilogy. I am eagerly waiting for the next (and unfortunately the last) book to be published. A whole new world of books has been opened to me though my initial purchase of The Warrior Within"

    Ann Frantti


  • Adult Writing Workshop Reviews

    "Through this class I was finally able to complete something that I am confident about."

    "It bumped my thinking from left-brain to right-brain--a whole new mind!"


     

  • "Your book is excellent – a picture of Celtic landscape and adventure remained in my mind long after I completed the novel - I am looking forward to your sequel!"

    Mary


  • Adult Journaling Workshop Reviews

    "Being able to take time to journal and focus on myself has been an incredible experience."


     

Events & Workshops

  • SUMMER MIDDLE SCHOOL JOURNALING WORKSHOP

    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library: Piracci Board Room

    For teens in grades 6-8th or home-school equivalent.

    JULY 19 FROM 1-3PM

    REGISTRATION OPENS 7/12/2017 at 9:30am!

    Learn all the different topics and techniques you can use in your personlized journal. No experience necessary, just the desire to express yourself! 

    Award-winning author, Janine De Tillio Cammarata will explore types of journals and how to personalize them, photo collage, personal motivation, creating stories, and much more.

    *Bring a notebook/journal and pen.

    Register at: CPH Library Website

  • CREATING CHARACTERS TO PROPEL PLOT

    Wednesdays:  June 28 in Jo Piracci Room, July 5 in Program Room C from 6:30-8:30pm

     

    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library: Piracci Board Room

    Adults 18+

    Registration is closed.

    Great plots consist of twists and surprises and include complicated and intriguing characters. Knowing and understanding your characters is the first step to writing a compelling and engaging story.

    In this 6-week writing workshop, participants will delve deep into the minds and backgrounds of their characters to get to the heart of their plot. Group critique is optional, but encouraged. Each session builds upon the previous, so commitment to all six sessions is recommended.

    Come with a new idea or novel in progress.

    Complimentary copy of Warrior's Within to all participants.

    Register at: CPH Library Website