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Kindred Souls by Patricia MacLachlan
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Mar 25, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: family, grandparents, realistic-fiction, independent-reader, middle-grade
Read from March 24 to 25, 2012

Patricia MacLachlan has a way of taking a tough subject of death and making it accessible and understandable for childrenJake and his grandfather, Billy, are very close. It is summer, and they spend all their time together. One day a dog appears, and it seems like Billy has been waiting for this dog to come. Billy gets sick and needs to enter the hospital. While Billy is hospitalized, Jake and his siblings build a sod house for Billy to enjoy when he returns home. There are many stories going on in the book: Billy's health, Jake's attachment to Billy, the dog purpose in appearing for Billy. Beautifully written with a enough grief to make it subtle yet bearable.

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