I always find myself drawn to the downer books. Sadness, heartache, death, etc., I really seem to enjoy it all, which might sound rather disturbing, except I know there are a whole lot of you out there that enjoy the same thing. Love, Aubrey, written by Suzanne LaFleur, brings us loss, depression, and a neglected child, but is completely filled with constant hope and forgiveness, leaving us with a bit of a downer, but in a wonderful written way.
A terrible accident in which part of her family is tragically killed leaves Aubrey confused and devastated, especially once her mother checks out, both emotionally and eventually, literally. After living on her own for a week, Aubrey's grandmother arrives to find her granddaughter all alone, with her mother missing. Aubrey goes to live with her grandmother, as the search for her mom takes hold, allowing for the healing process to really begin. Aubrey begins to makes friends, is finally allowed to grieve without having to walk on eggshells, and finds a sense of peace in all the tragedy.
When Aubrey's mother is found and decides she's well enough to have Aubrey move back home, the young girl is left with a huge decision to make...stay where she feels healed or open up the wounds and go back to her home, where her mother is.
LaFleur's novel is truly an honest look into what grief would probably be like for child, perfectly appropriate for the middle-grade age range. Aubrey is a realistic character with true-to-life questions about death, grief, and why her mother left her, and a heartfelt message of hope. Your preteen girls are really going to enjoy her character and her mission for hope in a crazy time.
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Middle Grade Fiction
Wendy Lamb Books