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As a librarian, I know better than many that the world of literature is full of incredible stories. There are plenty of authors who have lived rich, fascinating lives and have gone on to write their own stories—like George Orwell and Maya Angelou—but there are just as many whose lives probably don’t look that different from yours or mine. It is rare to find a writer whose voice and talent are just as exciting as they are, which is why I am so thrilled to introduce you to Sadie Keller.

Who is Sadie Keller?

Sadie Keller is a lot of things: the founder of a charitable organization, a YouTube star, an experienced lobbyist and advocate, a leukemia survivor, and a first-time author, having published her memoir Better Angels in May of 2020. Oh, and I forgot to mention something: she’s also thirteen years old. Yes, you read that right. When I was thirteen, my greatest accomplishment was a speaking role in the school play, but Sadie has accomplished incredible things in that same amount of time, and shows no signs of stopping any time soon.

What is her story?

Sadie Keller’s life was changed forever when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of seven. While other kids her age were enjoying elementary school, Sadie was fighting for her life. Sadie not only won her fight against leukemia, but she also used her fighting spirit to try and change the world. She started the Sadie Keller Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to raising awareness of childhood cancer and providing support to kids and their families going through the same struggles she did. This advocacy led to her finding a collaborator in Congressman Michael McCaul, representative of Texas’s 10th Congressional District, who has worked with Sadie to pass legislation to bring more funding to childhood cancer research.

What is Better Angels?

During Sadie’s time battling leukemia, she told her story on YouTube to share her experience as a child fighting cancer and to inspire others. Those videos amassed thousands of views, and now Sadie is sharing her story in another way. Better Angels is Sadie’s first published book, and is a memoir of her cancer journey, beginning with her diagnosis and following her story of transforming these tragic circumstances into an opportunity for hope and inspiration. Better Angels is a delightful, funny, and heartwarming story of someone overcoming difficult circumstances to improve the world, and is the perfect read for anyone who finds themselves feeling cynical after the rough year that we’ve all had. Check out the video at the end of this blog to hear Congressman McCaul read some of Better Angels himself.

Sadie’s story shows that even the worst news can result in something truly great. If you are as inspired by Sadie’s journey as I am, you can join the LSC-Tomball Community Library for a live conversation on our Facebook page with her and Congressman McCaul on their new book, Better Angels. Visit the event page to learn more, and visit the Better Angels website for more information about the book and to purchase your own copy. All proceeds from sales of Better Angels go toward funding childhood cancer research. As Sadie says in her book: “In the worst of times, you need to keep a good heart and look for the angels.” It’s hard to think of a better angel than Sadie.


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