Death of a Parent - A Bibliography
The following list is offered as a starting point. All titles were published in the 1990s.
Daddy´s Clibming Tree, by C.S. Adler. Jessica refuses to believe her father is dead and is convinced he must be living at their old house. With this belief she takes her little brother and walks through a state park to their old house where she must finally facer her father´s death.
Winter Holding Spring, by Crescent Dragonwagon. With the help of her father, sarah learns to cope with her mother´s death when she realizes that as things end, new things begin, and "that in winter there is the promise of spring."
The Eagle Kite, by Paula Fox. Liam´s father is dying, but he has to do more than deal with his father´s approaching death; he has to deal with the fact that his father is dying of AIDS, as well as face the truth about how his father contracted the disease--a truth no one wants to talk about.
The Tower Room, by Ellen Howard. After her mother´s death, Mary Brooke goes to live with her aunt, a teacher. Over time she learns to cope with her mother´s death as well as accept and admit her mother´s shortcomings and faults.
When the Ragman Sings, by Judith Logan Lehne. During the 1920s Dorothea copes with the death of her mother with the help of an old black ragman whom she had previously feared.
Summer Girl, by Deborah Moulton. Tommy´s mother is dying and thirteen-year-old Tommy is sent to live with her father whom she hasn´t seen or spoken to since she was three years old. As she learns to accept and trust her father, she also knows her mother´s death is drawing closer each day.
Flip-Flop Girl, by Katherine Paterson. After the death of her father Vinnie and her younger brother must cope with his death as well as moving to a new home and starting a new school. Vinnie´s little brother chooses to cope in silence which creates even more problems for Vinnie.
Life´s a Funny Proposition, Horatio, by Barbara Garland Polikoff. Horatio helps his grandfather deal with the death of his pet dog as he learns to adjust to life following his father´s death.
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