Thursday, February 9, 2012

Books about Friendship, Mortality and Grief: In Loving Memory of Hank Maher

“I have only slipped away into the next room, I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are. Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Play, smile, think of me. All is well.” ~ Henry Scott Holland (shortened from What is Death?)

The five books below address death, friendship and love in ways you will always remember.

Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love
by Earl A. Grollman
This non fiction book suggests how-to live through the grieving process and suggest ways to deal with the emotional loss felt after the death of someone close to you. Grollman writes not only about the grieving process but also about discovering in yourself how to go on living.

Bridge to Terabithia 
by Katherine Paterson
Jess Aarrons a ten year old living in rural Virginia doesn’t quite know what to think about his new neighbor Leslie Burke. It doesn’t take the two very long to become friends since they were so alike yet from all appearances opposites.The two form a bonding friendship when Leslie creates an imaginary land for them called Terabithia. An untimely death makes this story not easy to forget.

All Rivers Flow to the Sea by Alison McGhee
Seventeen year old Rose and her older sister Ivy where in a terrible car accident leaving Ivy in a coma. Rose must go on living and is back to school but missing the constant companionship of her older sister. Rose struggles with her grief and guilt as she slowly learns to let her sister go.

After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away
by Joyce Carol Oates
Although this story is written around death, it is truly a story about living.
“In the raw was how the world felt now. My feelings were raw, my thoughts were raw and hurtful like knife blades...In the blue had been my place to hide, now in the raw there was nowhere to hide” Fifteen year old Jenna Abbott barely survives a car crash, her mother doesn’t. Read how Jenna deals with loss, guilt, and a new life.

February’s Book Club Pick: Looking for Alaska 
by John Green
(Join us every 2nd and 4th Thursday morning for book selection and discussion)

The Cooperative Childrens Book Center (University of Wisconsin) has compiled a list of 50 books on grieving and loss for children of all ages.

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