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Title: YA dealing with death of a sibling
Post by: aca on October 16, 2016, 03:13 PM
Hi - I'm looking for recently published (within last 5 years) YA novels (MG too, but preferably YA) where the MC deals with the sudden/unexpected death of a sibling. I already am familiar with A Summer To Die (Lowry), and The Sky is Everywhere (Nelson) ... any other suggestions appreciated!

Thanks,
Abby
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Post by: dewsanddamps on October 16, 2016, 04:01 PM
You might check out Paula Garner's PHANTOM LIMBS. I think the lost sibling was the secondary character's, but it's a major plot line and beautifully written. Bring tissues.
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Post by: Anne Marie on October 16, 2016, 04:03 PM
Hannah Barnaby's SOME OF THE PARTS is beautiful.
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Post by: Kell on October 16, 2016, 04:20 PM
Tracey Martin's SKID will be out from Leap Books in two weeks -- that is about the death of a sibling.

PERSONAL EFFECTS by EM Kokie
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Post by: HDWestlund on October 16, 2016, 05:36 PM
The Way Back from Broken by Amber Keyser.
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Post by: dinalapomy101 on October 16, 2016, 05:53 PM
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Some more on this website from 2012: http://stackedbooks.org/2012/11/contemporary-ya-fiction-on-grief-book.html

I'm sure there are more! There have been lots of suicide/car accident books in the past few years it seems.

Title: Re: YA dealing with death of a sibling
Post by: aca on October 16, 2016, 06:05 PM
Just wanted to send out a thanks for all of these recommendations. I greatly appreciate it! If anyone thinks of others, let me know!

Thanks again,
Abby
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Post by: Vijaya on October 16, 2016, 06:24 PM
Here's another list of books specifically about sibling death: http://www.counselingstlouis.net/young.html

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Post by: jancoates on October 17, 2016, 04:42 AM
NIX MINUS ONE (Jill MacLean) - award-winning free verse YA
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Post by: Melissa K on October 17, 2016, 05:56 AM
LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD by Ava Dellaira.
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Post by: Danette on October 17, 2016, 06:52 AM
My book, THE TROUBLE WITH HALF A MOON (mg), deals with the loss of the MC's little brother.
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Post by: Melody on October 17, 2016, 08:29 AM
KIRA, KIRA
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Post by: aca on October 17, 2016, 06:09 PM
Thank you! I have already started checking these out. I really appreciate it.

Abby
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on October 17, 2016, 09:13 PM
SEE YOU AT HARRY'S by Jo Knowles.
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Post by: aca on October 21, 2016, 08:59 AM
Thank you!
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Post by: Sashie on November 26, 2016, 07:19 AM


You can use NoveList ( a database available at most public libraries) to search for titles. Also, use Worldcat. I used the subject headings: Brothers and Sisters, Death, Bereavement
Here are a few from the past 5 years:

Dessert first  (Sep 2016)
By: Gloster, Dean M.

High school sophomore Kat struggles with her twelve-year-old brother's recurring leukemia and likely death while coping with mean girls at school and possible romance.
Popularity: 1 Stars          Fiction    Teen
   
Possessing Jessie  (Mar 2010)
By: Springer, Nancy

High school senior Jessie, blaming herself for her selfish, manipulative brother Jason's death, tries to comfort her bereft mother by dressing and talking like him, but soon his spirit is taking over her life, while Jessie's best friend Alisha desperately tries to save her.
Popularity: 2 Stars          Fiction    Teen
   
The good brother  (Jun 2015)
By: Chen, Elaine

Away from the influence of her parents and comparisons to her dead, overachieving brother, Tori Wong's attempt to start over is complicated by a trio of spirits from her past who arrive during the Festival of Hungry Ghosts.
Popularity: 1 Stars          Fiction    Teen
   
The summer of letting go  (Mar 2014)
By: Polisner, Gae

Four years after her brother, Simon, drowned while in her charge, Francesca, now fifteen, begins to move on after a summer caring for Frankie, who seems to be Simon reincarnated, and getting closer to her best friend's boyfriend.
Popularity: 2 Stars          Fiction    Teen
   
The vanishing game  (Feb 2012)
By: Myers, Kate Kae

Seventeen-year-old Jocelyn follows clues apparently from her dead twin, Jack, in and around Seale House, the terrifying foster home where they once lived, and with help from childhood friend Noah she begins to uncover the truth about Jack's death and the company that employed him and Noah.
Popularity: 3 Stars          Fiction    Teen
   
Thicker than water  (Jan 2016)
By: Fiore, Kelly

Arrested for dealing drugs and playing a part in her brother's death, CeCe reflects on the injury that led to her brother's drug addiction and her fateful decision to steal and sell his drugs to protect him and save money.
Popularity: 2 Stars          Fiction    Teen
   
What happened to Ivy  (Sep 2012)
By: Stinson, Kathy

When David's severely disabled younger sister drowns while in the care of their father, he suspects that her death might not have been an accident and must confront his own feelings of guilt while struggling with moral questions about what is right, what is merciful, and what can be forgiven.
Popularity: 1 Stars          Fiction    Teen
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Post by: aca on November 26, 2016, 02:45 PM
 Wonderful. Thank you so much, Sashie.