Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown (Review)

Just a note on the book: Chad Morris coauthored Mustaches for Maddie with his wife, Shelly
Brown. It is based on the story of their daughter who faced a brain tumor with humor and optimism. 

Mustaches for Maddie
by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown
Middle Grade Contemporary
Hardcover & ebook, 256 Pages
October 3rd 2017 by Shadow Mountain


Twelve-year-old Maddie has a quirky sense of humor and loves making her classmates laugh by slapping on fake mustaches every chance she gets. Being funny gets her noticed by class queen Cassie, and things are looking up when Maddie is cast as Juliet in the school play. Maybe Juliet could wear a mustache?

When Maddie starts tripping when she walks and her hand starts curling up at her side, her mom takes her to the doctor, who confirms Maddie has a brain tumor. In an instant, her world is turned upside down.

Maddie doesn't want anyone else to know. Especially Cassie, whose jealousy has turned to bullying. What about Maddie's chance to play Juliet opposite the cutest boy in the sixth grade? What if the doctors can't get the ugly tumor monster out of her brain?

As Maddie's surgery approaches, she wonders if her illness is giving her super powers because her imagination is bigger than ever, her courage is stronger than ever, and her compassion is about to be felt by more people than she ever imagined.

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My Review

MUSTACHES FOR MADDIE is a moving story. Readers will easily fall in love with Maddie with her big imagination, humor, and hope. She is easy to relate to as she navigates school and faces a scary health situation. Highly recommended to middle grade readers as well as families to read together!

I adored Maddie and her mustaches! It is such a fun way to break the ice, liven things up, and help Maddie with friendships and dealing with her tumor. I also adored her family and how they felt genuine. Her story was very touching, but also inspiring.

In the end, was it what I wished for? An easy read with a fun main character and a heartwarming story. This is definitely a book to add to your family's shelf and to school library shelves as well!

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

About the Authors

Chad Morris would love to be able to control animal avatars, see history in 3D, and show everyone how he imagines stories. Since the inventions that would make that possible currently exist only in his imagination, he settles for reading, writing, playing basketball, rappelling down an occasional slot canyon, dating his wife, and hanging out with his five awesome kids. Chad speaks Portuguese, can play the Phineas and Ferb theme song on the guitar, and does decent impressions of a velociraptor and Voldemort—but not at the same time. He isn't very good at fixing his car, shopping for anything, cooking, or growing hair.


A native to the ocean and transplanted to the mountains, Shelly Brown has always loved children and books so it made sense when she started writing books for children. In her spare time she helps her husband, author Chad Morris, write MORE children's books. In her extra-extra spare time she loves the theater and traveling. She is also one of the worst tap dancers you will ever meet. But she does it anyway.

She has no regrets, one husband, three chickens, five children, and sixty-four Pez dispensers.

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