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Books about Dealing with Death at the Curriculum Center
The Funeral by
Call Number: JFIC James Funeral
"Norma and her parents are going to her great-uncle Frank's funeral, and Norma is more excited than sad. She is looking forward to playing with her favorite cousin, Ray, but when she arrives at the church, she is confronted with rituals and ideas that have never occurred to her before. While not all questions can be answered, when the day is over Norma is certain of one thing: Uncle Frank would have enjoyed his funeral. This sensitive and life-affirming story will lead young readers to ask their own questions about life, death and how we remember those who have gone before us"
All Rivers Flow to the Sea by
Call Number: FIC MCGHEE
After a car accident in the Adirondacks leaves her older sister Ivy brain-dead, seventeen-year-old Rose struggles with her grief and guilt as she slowly learns to let her sister go.
Thirteen Reasons Why by
Call Number: FIC ASH
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
Striking Out by
Call Number: FIC WEA
Since the death of his older brother, thirteen-year-old Billy Baggs has had a distant relationship with his father, but life on their farm in northern Minnesota begins to change when he starts to play baseball.
A Ring of Endless Light by
Call Number: FIC LEN
During the summer her grandfather is dying of leukemia and death seems all around, 15-year-old Vicky finds comfort with the pod of dolphins with which she has been doing research.
Up a Road Slowly by
Call Number: FIC HUN
After her mother's death, Julie goes to live with Aunt Cordelia, a spinster schoolteacher, where she experiences many emotions and changes as she grows from seven to eighteen.
Where Things Come Back by
Call Number: FIC Whaley
Seventeen-year-old Cullen's summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin's death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother's sudden disappearance.
Getting near to Baby by
Call Number: FIC COU
Although thirteen-year-old Willa Jo and her Aunt Patty seem to be constantly at odds, staying with her and Uncle Hob helps Willa Jo and her younger sister come to terms with the death of their family's baby.
The Fault in Our Stars by
Call Number: FIC Green
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.
The Revolt of Ten-X by
Call Number: FIC CAR
A teenage girl uses a home computer she and her father built before his death to vent her grief and frustration.
Learning to Say Good-By by
Call Number: 155.9 LES
Discusses the questions, fears, and fantasies many children experience when a parent or someone close to them dies.
Missing May by
Call Number: FIC Rylant
After the death of the beloved aunt who has raised her, twelve-year-old Summer and her uncle Ob leave their West Virginia trailer in search of the strength to go on living.
A Summer to Die by
Call Number: FIC LOW
Thirteen-year-old Meg's envy of her sister's beauty and popularity makes it difficult to cope with Molly's strange illness and eventual death.
After the Rain by
Call Number: FIC MAZ
After discovering her grandfather is dying, fifteen-year-old Rachel gets to know him better than ever before and finds the experience bittersweet.
Books about Dealing with Death cont.
Something Terrible Happened by
Call Number: FIC POR
Twelve-year-old Gillian is sent away from her mother who is dying of AIDS to live with her relatives in Tennessee.
Call Number: FIC HAM
Concerned that her grandmother may die, Cammy is unprepared for the accidental death of another relative.
A Taste of Blackberries by
Call Number: FIC SMI
A young boy recounts his efforts to adjust to the accidental death of his best friend.
Growing Time by
Call Number: PBK JFIC WAR Grades K-3
When his old dog passes away, young Jamie learns that death is not always what it appears to be.
Harry and Hopper by
Call Number: JFIC Wild
One day when Harry comes home from school, his faithful companion Hopper isn't there to greet him, in a touching story about the process of healing after losing a beloved pet.
Sally Goes to Heaven by
Call Number: JFIC Huneck Sally
A beloved dog dies and goes to Heaven where she lives happily and helps to find her family on earth a new pet.
Bridge to Terabithia by
Call Number: FIC Paterson
The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.
Beat the Turtle Drum by
Call Number: FIC GRE
A young girl learns to cope with her feelings about her sister's accidental death.
Rain Is Not My Indian Name by
Call Number: NA FIC Smith
Cassidy Rain Berghoff didn't know that the very night she decided to get a life would be the night that Galen would lose his. It's been six months since her best friend died, and up until now Rain has succeeded in shutting herself off from the world. But when controversy arises around her aunt Georgia's Indian Camp in their mostly white Midwestern community, Rain decides to face the outside world again -- at least through the lens of her camera. Hired by her town newspaper to photograph the campers, Rain soon finds that she has to decide how involved she wants to become in Indian Camp. Does she want to keep a professional distance from the intertribal community she belongs to? And just how willing is she to connect with the campers after her great loss?
The Edge of Next Year by
Call Number: FIC STO
When his mother is killed in a car accident, a thirteen-year-old boy tries to cope with his grief and sense of loss.
Beneath a Meth Moon by
Call Number: FIC Woodson
"A young girl uses crystal meth to escape the pain of losing her mother and grandmother in Hurricane Katrina, and then struggles to get over her addiction"--