Monday, April 2, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Love, Aubrey

It's April and I'm glad to be back sharing Marvelous Middle Grade Monday with you!  This week I want to share a wonderful book that was recommended to me by a sixth grade girl that I know. She said it was one of the best books she has read, and I can't say I blame her. So without further adieu~

by: Suzanne LaFleur
original copyright 2009 by Random House Children's Books

First from Goodreads:
A tragic accident has turned eleven-year-old Aubrey’s world upside down. Starting a new life all alone, Aubrey has everything she thinks she needs: SpaghettiOs and Sammy, her new pet fish. She cannot talk about what happened to her. Writing letters is the only thing that feels right to Aubrey, even if no one ever reads them.

With the aid of her loving grandmother and new friends, Aubrey learns that she is not alone, and gradually, she finds the words to express feelings that once seemed impossible to describe. The healing powers of friendship, love, and memory help Aubrey take her first steps toward the future.

Readers will care for Aubrey from page one and will watch her grow until the very end, when she has to make one of the biggest decisions of her life.

This is one of the most emotional books I've read in a while. The reader follows Aubrey from when she discovers her emotionally distraught mom has left her after a car accident killed her dad and little sister, to the end of the book where the time comes to discover whether Aubrey has learned to deal with the upheaval she has suffered through.  This journey she takes is very real and thought provoking. I think it really shows middle grade readers (and even adults) how they can process the really bad times in life.

I also loved the "letters" Aubrey writes, first to her sister's imaginary friend, then later to various family members.  They show the therapeutic advantages of writing and journaling, even when no one reads the letters.

I hope you will all find a chance to read LOVE, AUBREY yourselves!

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