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Can You Hear Me?

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Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Book Award Winner!

Can good things really come from bad things?
Why does God allow bad things to happen?
Will Daddy still be able to hear me from Heaven?

These are just some of the questions Renee starts thinking about after she finds out that her daddy has cancer. She feels very sad and struggles to understand why this is happening. He hasn't even been her daddy for that long – there’s still so much they haven’t done yet! All she can think to do is pray and ask God to make her daddy better. But when she realises he isn’t, she begins to wonder what God’s plan is, and whether God can hear her prayers at all. She documents all the things that are happening in her diary as she watches her daddy go through the stages of cancer. Through this painful experience, she learns about the meaning of faith and how she can stay connected to her beloved father after he is gone. 

Death, loss and grief are topics we often avoid discussing with our children. However, these events can occur at any time in our lives, without warning. Avoiding these topics will only make it more difficult to cope with the sorrow and grief when it does happen. This book aims to help families and communities start those difficult conversations and to approach the topic in a sensitive manner, focusing on hope, faith, love and compassion, and removing the fear associated with it. 

There are also discussion questions at the end for readers to share in small groups or as a guide for self-reflection and journalling. It can be used for grief support groups for those who have lost someone to cancer or terminal illness. 


Don't wait until it's too late to start the conversation. There is no fear in death when we have love, and believe in God.

Grab a copy of this book and start sharing with your loved ones today. 

Can You Hear Me? is available in Kindle eBook, Paperback, Hardcover and Audiobook formats.

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A Reflection Guide is available for download.

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Readers' Favorite Book Award Press Release


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Readers' Favorite recognizes "Can You Hear Me?" by Y. Y. Chan in its annual international book award contest, currently available at

The Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, ranging from new independent authors to NYT best-sellers and celebrities.

Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

We receive thousands of entries from all over the world. Because of these large submission numbers, we are able to break down our contest into 140+ genres, and each genre is judged separately, ensuring that books only compete against books of their same genre for a fairer and more accurate competition. We receive submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), and Eriq La Salle (E.R., Coming to America).

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Readers' Favorite is proud to announce that "Can You Hear Me?" by Y. Y. Chan won the Gold Medal in the Children - Religious Theme category.

You can learn more about Y. Y. Chan and "Can You Hear Me?" at where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

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Reviews for

Can You Hear Me?

5.0 out of 5.0 stars

Y.Y. Chan's children's story, Can You Hear Me?, traces a young girl's journey through her father's illness and death. The young girl also shares her prayers, her faith, her growing lists, and challenging questions, like the understandable question surrounding her fear that she did something wrong to cause her father's illness. The journal entries include conversations with her father and his encouragement that she'll keep on writing and reading her stories to him, even when he's in heaven. It reinforces the bond of love as she and her mother recover from the loss and the painful ensuing grief. This is a powerful story that will help readers of all ages deal with their grief. Told with care and compassion.

— Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Readers' Favorite

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