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Slog's Dad

David Almond · Candlewick Press
Format: Hardcover

The ineffable nature of grieving and belief inspires a tender, gritty, and breathtaking work of graphic storytelling from the creators of The Savage."Slogger, man," I said. "Your dad’s dead.""I know that, Davie. But it’s him. He’s come back again,...
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Alvin Ho: Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, and Other Fatal Circumstances

Lenore Look · Schwartz & Wade; Reprint edition
Format: Hardcover

Heres the fourth book in the beloved and hilarious Alvin Ho chapter book series, which has been compared to Diary of a Wimpy Kid and is perfect for beginning and reluctant readers. Alvin, an Asian American second grader whos afraid of everything, is facing something truly scary the idea...
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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Eleanor Coerr · Putnam Juvenile; 1st edition
Format: Hardcover

Hospitalized with the dreaded atom bomb disease, leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold one thousand paper cranes to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy.
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The Remembering Box

Eth Clifford · HMH Books for Young Readers; Library Binding edition
Format: Hardcover

Nine-year-old Joshua's weekly visits to his beloved grandmother on the Jewish Sabbath give him an understanding of love, family, and tradition, which helps him accept her death.
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Christmas Sonata, A

Gary Paulsen · Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

A young boy and his mother spend Christmas 1943 with relatives in northern Minnesota while his father is fighting in the war in Europe. They take a long journey by train to a snowy land of vast frozen lakes, deep and sparkling cold, and the most magical Christmas tree the boy has ever...
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My brother's ghost

Allan Ahlberg · Viking
Format:  Print book : Elementary and junior high school : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats

Orphaned by the death of their parents and bereft by the sudden death of their older brother Tom, nine-year-old Frances and three-year-old Harry are comforted by Tom's ghost, who helps them in difficult situations at home with their aunt and uncle and at school.
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Vicky Angel

Jacqueline Wilson · Delacorte Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Jade is so used to being with and agreeing with Vicky, her larger-than-life best friend, that when a tragic accident occurs, she can hardly believe that Vicky’s gone. But Vicky is a spunky girl who’s not going to let a small thing like death stop her from living life to the fullest....
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Night of the Living Gerbil

Elizabeth Levy · HarperCollins
Format: Hardcover

Robert is worried. His pet gerbil, Exterminator, is lying on the bottom of his cage, not moving. A trip to the veterinarian's office doesn't help, and soon, Extermie is gone. Robert is so crushed that he can't even talk about it. It doesn't help that his bossy cousin Mabel...
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Rain Is Not My Indian Name

Cynthia Leitich Smith · HarperCollins; 1st edition
Format: Hardcover

The next day was my fourteenth birthday, and I'd never kissed a boy -- domestic style or French. Right then, I decided to get myself a teen life.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...
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Stinky Stern Forever: A Jackson Friends Book

Michelle Edwards · Harcourt Children's Books; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

Pa Lia has never liked Stinky Stern, the enemy of the second grade. He makes fun of other kids, he says mean things, and hes always causing trouble. But when Stinky is suddenly hit by a car and killed, Pa Lia and the rest of the students in Mrs. Fennesseys class face a difficult challenge...
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Looking For Bapu

Anjali Banerjee · Wendy Lamb Books; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Anu's beloved grandfather Bapu moved from India to Anu's home in the Pacific Northwest when Anu was small, and Anu is devastated when Bapu dies. But when he is visited by Bapu's ghost, he knows that there must be a way to bring him back to life -- he's just not sure how....
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Edward's Eyes

Patricia MacLachlan · Atheneum Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Jake is a part of an extraordinary family. He has a life filled with art, music, and long summer nights on the Cape. He has hours and days and months of baseball. But, more than anything in this world, Jake knows he has Edward. From the moment he was born, Jake knew Edward was destined...
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Remembering Mrs. Rossi

Amy Hest · Candlewick Press; 1St Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Mementos from her mother's students help a young girl to grieve in a middle-grade novel by award-winning author Amy Hest.Eight-year-old Annie lives in a sunny apartment in Manhattan with her father, Professor Rossi. Life would be pretty good if only Annie didn't so achingly miss...
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Bird

Zetta Elliot · Lee & Low Books; First Edition edition
Format: Print book

Young Mekhai, better known as Bird, loves to draw. With drawings, he can erase the things that dont turn out right. In real life, problems arenxt so easily fixed.As Bird struggles to understand the death of his beloved grandfather and his older brotherxs drug addiction, he escapes into...
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The Naming of Tishkin Silk

Glenda Millard · Farrar Straus Giroux
Pages: 101
Format: Print book

Griffin Silk is an uncommon boy, from an uncommon sort of family - but lately Griffin isn't so sure that's a good thing. If he were an ordinary boy, he wouldn't have to worry about the secret in his heart and maybe he would understand why his mother and baby sister have gone away. When...
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Six Innings

James Preller · Feiwel & Friends
Format: Hardcover

Two teams, six innings, one game.A lively cast of characters--baseball-loving boys between the ages of eleven to thirteen--are playing the biggest game of their lives. With acrobatic catches, clutch hits, dramatic whiffs, and costly errors, this game is full of action. But as the book unfolds,...
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While You Were Out

Judith Irvin Kuns · Dutton Juvenile
Format: Hardcover

Penelope wishes she were starting fifth grade with her best friend, Tim, who recently died of cancer. When everyone pairs off with friends from last year, Penelope is alone, with only her dad, the new janitor, to keep her company. Dad means well, but he keeps embarrassing her by acting...
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My Worst Friend

P. J. Petersen · Dutton Juvenile; 1st edition
Format: Hardcover

This young school-based novel by a popular author centers on the rocky relationship between two girls who really should be good friends--but just aren't. Jenny has been wary of Sara since the first day of kindergarten--and with good reason. Sara has a sharp tongue and a prickly personality....
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Good Luck, Mrs. K.!

Louise Borden · Margaret K. McElderry; 1st edition
Format: Hardcover

Mrs. Kempczinski -- "Mrs. K." to her third-grade students -- is everyone's favorite teacher. Exciting and dynamic, Mrs. K. knows sign language, celebrates Worm Day, and performs "homework dances." One day the third graders are explorers, learning about faraway places....
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Upside-Down Cake

Carol Carrick · Clarion Books; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

A young boy recounts the past year of his family's life in this carefully crafted and sensitively illustrated chapter book. Soon after the narrator's ninth birthday and his dad's fortieth birthday, celebrated together with a deliciously gooey pineapple upside-down cake, Dad becomes...
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