Reviews and Blog Posts: Grief

After Iris

by Natasha Farrant

Reviewer Rating:
5

Bluebell tells this story in a mixture of diary entries and video transcripts – it is the story of life in the family in the years after her twin sister Iris dies. A bit sad, but a well told story with some funny moments. Recommended for grades 4-8.

Gone, Gone, Gone

by Hannah Moskowitz

Reviewer Rating:
4

Told in alternating voices, this is the story of Lio and Craig, of dealing with loss and of finding each other. Lio was a "cancer kid"--he and his twin brother both had leukemia when they were 8. Lio survived. His twin didn't. Lio has survivor's guilt, and his family didn't...

Have you seen Marie?

by Sandra Cisneros

Reviewer Rating:
4

This short, beautifully illustrated (by Ester Hernandez) fable for grownups is not merely about the lost black and white cat of the title. Sandra is feeling lost and wonders at her 53-year-old orphan status when a friend comes to visit her in San Antonio, and the friend's cat runs off....

Coping with Grief and Tragedy

March 2001 Employee of the Month Award from Aurora Century 16

The events at the Aurora Century 16 Movie Theater have stunned and saddened people across the country. As a former employee of the Aurora Century 16 Movie Theater, my thoughts are with the employees and those in attendance last night.

I did not believe what I was reading this morning when I learned about the events that occurred while most of Colorado slumbered. Working at the Aurora Century 16 theater was my first job after I graduated from Purdue and moved to Colorado over 10 years ago. If you have never worked in a movie theater, it is not as glamorous as you might think. My work uniform involved wearing a vest with popcorn on it and a bow tie. Popcorn does have an alluring aroma, but not when you can't wash it out of your hair.

Kiss the morning star

by Elissa Janine Hoole

Reviewer Rating:
4

Anna and Kat are on a post graduation road trip, inspired by the words of Jack Kerouac and looking for answers. Anna hasn't been able to feel much since her mother died and her father shut down, and Kat wants her best friend back. A wild ride that includes matching...

John Belushi is dead

by Kathy Charles

Reviewer Rating:
4
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Hilda and Benji are best friends with an odd obsession: death. Instead of going to the movies or to the mall like other teenagers, they spend their days cruising around Los Angeles searching for the sites of celebrity murders and suicides. Hilda's parents died in a car accident and ever...

37 things I love (in no particular order)

by Kekla Magoon

Reviewer Rating:
4
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Ellis is finishing her sophomore year, and everything is uncertain. Her dad has been in a coma since a construction accident 2 years ago. Her mom is present physically, but not emotionally. Her friends seem to be drifting away and not getting her. Her mom thinks it might be time...

The book of lost things

by John Connolly

Reviewer Rating:
4

Dark, twisted, and lots of fun, this fairy tale for grown ups is beautifully written, with rich characters and a truly scary villain. David, still reeling from his mother's death, isolates himself in his attic bedroom surrounded by his books, which begin to whisper to him. Fans of Pan's...

The dogs of Babel

by Carolyn Parkhurst

Reviewer Rating:
3

After coming home to find that his wife has died falling from a tree, linguistics professor Paul Iverson becomes obsessed with teaching their dog to speak so he can find out the truth–was it an accident? An interesting story of grief and how far a man will go to deal...

Hate list

by Jennifer Brown

Reviewer Rating:
4

How do you move on after a school shooting? What if it's your boyfriend who did it? What if people think that you helped him decide who to shoot? What if you're not sure whether you're happy you lived, even though you were shot that day? Valerie has a lot...

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