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Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur
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Dec 19, 2009

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Life can’t get any worse for eleven year old Aubrey, or can it? After a devastating car accident claims the lives of Aubrey’s dad and seven year old sister, Savannah, Aubrey and her mom, overwhelmed with guilt and sorrow, struggle to deal with the tragedy. Imagine Aubrey’s surprise one evening when she realizes her mother, unable to cope with the enormity of her loss, has abandoned her. Finally cognizant of her daughter’s neglect and Aubrey’s fragile emotional state, Aubrey’s grandmother takes her home to Vermont intent on providing Aubrey with the love and stability she desperately needs. With patience and compassion, Aubrey’s grandmother, close neighbors and the school counselor assist Aubrey in coming to terms with her loss, gain insight into her mother’s actions and find solace in her memories of Savannah and her dad. Written in first person narrative, Aubrey’s emotions are palpable as random events trigger flashbacks of family memories. Printed in italics and woven throughout the story, letters, written by Aubrey to Savannah’s imaginary friend and significant family members, reveal Aubrey’s painful reflections, the depth of her sorrow and anger. The conflict Aubrey experiences when her mother attempts to reclaim her role will resonate with young readers anxiously awaiting Aubrey’s decision. LaFleur has crafted a poignant tale about loss, the importance of love and the resilience of the human spirit that elementary readers (grades 3-5) will find both credible and touching. For older students, pair this book with Barbara Park's Mick Harte Was Here for a discussion about loss and grieving.



Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur
ISBN: 978-0-385-73774-6
$15.99, 262 pgs.
hardcover, realistic fiction
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Bella I love this book


Izabella Love this book


Izabella Amzing book


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