Tag: grief

SMALL SPACES: Huge Shivers for Tweens

SMALL SPACES: Huge Shivers for Tweens

Lynn: Do you love a scary book? Well, Bookends readers, have we got a treat for you! Katherine Arden’s new middle-grade book, Small Spaces (2018), is the most deliciously scary book you could hope for. This is a just-one-more-chapter-gulp-it-down-in-one-sitting book, and it’s the real, eerie deal. Grieving her mother, 12-year-old Ollie has withdrawn from friends, activities, and even her […]

Losing a Pet: THE ROUGH PATCH

Losing a Pet: THE ROUGH PATCH

Cindy: Lynn found The Rough Patch (2018) by Brian Lies at our local public library and was hesitant to give it to me even though she liked it a lot. The story concerns a fox and his pet dog who did everything together: ate ice cream, listened to music, and went on adventures in the truck. […]

When Life Gives You Lemons, Search for Bigfoot

When Life Gives You Lemons, Search for Bigfoot

Cindy: As we reported a few years ago in this Bookends post, our county could be hiding Bigfoot, and Michigan is a top site for hunting. So naturally, we were drawn to Melissa Savage’s debut novel, Lemons (2017), which features a pair of tween Bigfoot detectives! The first thing almost-11-year-old Lemonade Liberty Witt sees when […]

THE POET’S DOG: A Love Story

THE POET’S DOG: A Love Story

Lynn: I was always the smallest child in my class. “The best things come in small packages,” my father used to say to reassure me. That just happens to be the perfect aphorism to describe Patricia MacLachlan’s new book, The Poet’s Dog (2016). As small as a beginning reader and with MacLachlan’s trademark simple sentences, this book packs an […]

Applesauce Weather: A Slice of Life

Applesauce Weather: A Slice of Life

Cindy: Aunt Lucy and Uncle Arthur always arrive when the first apple falls and the season becomes applesauce weather. Aunt Lucy is gone, but surely Uncle Arthur will show up according to schedule. The warm gingerbread and lemon sauce are waiting, and so are Faith and her brother Peter, but still Uncle Arthur doesn’t arrive. When he […]

Farewell, Granny Weatherwax

Farewell, Granny Weatherwax

Lynn: The passing of the peerless Terry Pratchett last March saddened the book world deeply. Fans of the Discworld stories felt bereft at the thought of losing both its creator AND its wonderful denizens. Those of us in the youth-books world felt the loss perhaps even more keenly, because so many of us had also had the doubled joy of experiencing […]

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Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

Lynn:  “Ophelia did not consider herself brave but she was very curious.”  So Karen Foxlee introduces the heroine of Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy (Random/Knopf 2014), eleven-year-old Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard.  Ophelia and her older sister Alice have accompanied their father to his new job as curator on an important upcoming museum exhibit in a strange […]

An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination
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An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination

For a long time now, I have been afraid to write about this book. This short memoir is Elizabeth McCracken’s account of the crushing, world-altering loss of her firstborn. To comment on that pain, and the bravery it takes to recount it, seems almost presumptuous. Thankfully, I don’t write critiques, I write recommendations, though this remarkable book deserves the finest review. I am including this […]

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A Memoir of Grief and Growing Up Soon to Grace the Big Screen: “The Rules of Inheritance” by Claire Bidwell Smith

A Memoir of Grief and Growing Up Soon to Grace the Big Screen: “The Rules of Inheritance” by Claire Bidwell Smith

It was recently announced that Claire Bidwell Smith’s memoir, The Rules of Inheritance, will be made into a movie starring Academy-award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence. Smith lost both of her parents before her 30s and while she is now a therapist specializing in grief in LA, this memoir shows just how hard it was for her […]

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The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

Lynn:  Sometimes you have to stand up for what is right for you but what happens if the result is not what you intended?  Can you back down on one element without jeopardizing your hard-won independence?  This is just one of the fascinating issues Sara Zarr explores in her beautifully nuanced new book, The Lucy […]