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Great Books About "Dealing With Death"

Fiction Books

Tears of a Tiger
by Sharon Mills Draper
Andy and Robert are star teammates on the Hazelwood High Tigers as well as best buddies. One night Andy's whole world changes when the two decide to drive home from a party. Andy must now deal with the loss of his best friend as well as the consuming guilt of being the driver responsible for his death.

Missing May
by Cynthia Rylant
Ever since she can remember, Summer has thought of Aunt May as her best friend and care-giver. After May's death, however, Summer finds herself alone with her Uncle Ob, who is as devastated as her by the loss. The two must now find a way to support each other and move on to a life without May.

Tiger Eyes
by Judy Blume
After Davey's father is killed in a hold-up, she and her mother and younger brother visit relatives in New Mexico. Here Davey is befriended by a young man who helps her find the strength to carry on and conquer her fears.

Flip-Flop Girl
by Katherine Patterson
Nine-year-old Vinnie and her five-year-old brother Mason are forced to move to a new town after the death of their father. They learn to cope in different ways, both with the help of Lupe, the "flip-flop girl."

The Bridge to Teribithia
by Katherine Paterson
A country boy and a city girl form an unlikely friendship in this timeless children's novel. Ten-year-old Jess guides his new friend through the pitfalls of life in their small, rural town, as Leslie draws him into the world of imagination and magic, and to a secret hideaway called Terabithia. Here Leslie and Jess are safe from the harshness of the outside world until tragedy strikes and Jess is left alone.

A Begonia For Miss Applebaum
by Paul Zindel
When Henry and Zelda discover that their favorite teacher, Miss Applebaum, won't be back at school because she hasn't very long to live, they become her Saturday companions. Their Saturday outings with Miss Applebaum open an exciting new world for them. But Miss Applebaum can't escape the inevitable, and Henry and Zelda must carry out her last wish.

Mick Harte Was Here
by Barbara Park, Sam Llewellyn
This is the story of Phoebe and how she deals with the tragic loss of her younger brother Mick. The story is told with the innocence and purity of a 13-year-old girl who must deal with severe grief for the first time in her young life.

Non-Fiction Books

You Are Not Alone: Teens talk about Life after the Loss of a Parent
By Lynne B. Hughes
Kids aged 9 to 12 who attended Comfort Zone Camp, a special place for grieving children, contributed to this book. Through honest first-person stories, they share the most difficult parts of their losses and offer their own experiences of what helps, what doesn't, what "stinks," and ways to stay connected to their loved ones.

Our Dad Died: The True Story of Three Kids Whose Lives Changed
My Life Changed: A Journal
As told by Amy, Allie, and David Dennison
Encouraged by their mother, Amy, Allie and their brother David began keeping a journal after their father died unexpectedly one night. Young readers can read about their experiences as well as take part in activities to help them cope.

How It Feels When A Parent Dies
by Jill Krementz
This book chronicles the stories of 18 young people ages seven to sixteen and their personal experiences with a parent's death. Including photos and journal entries, this book is a way for kids to learn about dealing with the fears, questions and bereavement behind losing the most important people in your lives.

I Will Remember You: What To Do When Someone You Love Dies
by Laura Dower
Each chapter in this terrific guide helps readers explore a different aspect of grief. The book includes personal stories of death and life from real young people, advice from a renowned grief counselor, and dozens of hands-on, creative exercises to help young people move through their pain and sorrow.

Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers: How To Cope With Losing Someone You Love
by Earl A. Grollman
Grollman's main focus with this book is to drive home the fact that although the grief involved with death is extremely hard to deal with, it can get better with time. Issues such as the steps of the healing process and constructively dealing with rage are also dealt with in this book aimed at the young adult that must cope with the loss of a loved one.

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