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Great Books About Divorce

Fiction Books

Amber Brown Goes Fourth
By Paula Danziger
Fourth grader Amber copes with parental divorce, a friend moving away and Mom's new boyfriend.

The Case of the Scary Divorce
by C.E. Pickhardt
A ten-year old boy meets the mysterious "Professor Jackson Skye: Helping Investigator" who enlists his aid in solving eight cases, each dealing with a problem he himself is experiencing during his parents' divorce.

Dear Mr. Henshaw
by Beverly Cleary
An award winning book about a 10-year old boy who writes letters to an unmet hero, describing how he misses his father. Also available in Spanish.

The Hatchet, Noguer y Caralt Editores
(In Spanish: El Hacha.)
by Gary Paulsen
After a plane crash, thirteen-year old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.

It's Not the End of the World
by Judy Blume
This one's a classic! After her parents separate, Karen is concerned about how the family will manage financially and who will take care of them, and both her brother and sister have trouble coping. Things get better when she meets another girl whose parents are divorced, and learns some new ways of dealing with the whole thing.

Non-Fiction Books

How to Survive Your Parents' Divorce
by Kimball, Gayle, Ph.D.
268 young people share how they coped with their parents' divorce. Includes comments from 20 counselors who work with youth whose parents are divorcing. Illustrations, bibliography and resource lists.

The Kids' Book of Divorce: By, For and About Kids.
Edited by E. Rofes
Twenty children, aged 11-14, discuss various aspects of divorce, including custody arrangements, parents' boyfriends and girlfriends, how they were first told abut their parents' divorce and how divorce has changed them

My Parents Are Divorced, Too: A Book for Kids by Kids
by Jan Blackstone-Ford and the Ford children
A kid-to-kid, heart-to-heart look at the realities of divorce.

When Your Parents Split Up..How To Keep Yourself Together
by Alys Swan-Jackson,
Children of divorced parents offer strategies for coping.

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