Swim That Rock, by John Rocco

Swim That RockSummary:  When his dad goes missing in a fishing-boat accident, fourteen-year-old Jake refuses to think he may have lost his father forever. But suddenly, nothing seems certain in Jake’s future, and now his family’s diner may be repossessed by loan sharks. In Narragansett Bay, scrabbling out a living as a quahogger isn’t easy, but with the help of some local clammers, Jake is determined to work hard and earn enough money to ensure his family’s security and save the diner in time. Told with cinematic suspense and a true compassion for the characters, Swim That Rock is a fast-paced coming-of-age story that beautifully and evocatively captures the essence of coastal Rhode Island life, the struggles of blue-collar family dynamics, and the dreams of one boy to come into his own.

Candlewick

What I Came to Tell You, by Tommy Hays

What I Came to Tell YouSummary:  A boy finds solace in his art and community after his mother dies and his father retreats into himself.

Egmont

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Seeing Red, by Kathryn Erskine

Seeing RedSummary: When twelve-year-old Frederick “Red” Porter’s father dies in 1972, his mother wants to sell their automobile repair shop and move her two sons back to Ohio, but Red is desperate to stop the sale even if it means unearthing some dark family secrets in a Virginia rife with racial tensions.

Scholastic

Serendipity and Me, by Judith Roth

Serendipity and MeSummary:  Sara and her father start to heal from her mother’s death when a white kitten lands on their doorstep.

Viking

Laugh With the Moon, by Shana Burg

Summary:  Massachusetts thirteen-year-old Clare, grieving after her mother’s recent death, reluctantly travels with her father to spend nine weeks in a remote village in Malawi, where new friends and experiences help open her mind and heart.

Delacourte

If Only, by Carole Geithner

Summary:A stunning debut about one girl’s journey through loss and grief.From the beginning of eighth grade to the start of ninth, Maryland thirteen-year-old Corinna grieves for her mother, who died of cancer, and struggles to cope with changes to all aspects of her life brought on by her loss.

Scholastic Press

Where Do You Stay, by Andrea Cheng

Summary:  Now that Jerome’s mother has died from cancer, he is staying with his aunt Geneva. But Jerome misses his own home and piano. When he meets Mr. Willie who lives in the carriage house of a mansion down the street, the two talk of music. Jerome dreams of someday moving into the mansion with Mr. Willie and fixing it up. But the building is for sale. What will happen if someone buys the mansion and tears the carriage house down? How will Jerome cope when things get to be too much?

Boyds Mills

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Love, Aubrey, by Suzanne LaFleur

love aubreySummary:  While living with her Gram in Vermont, eleven-year-old Aubrey writes letters as a way of dealing with losing her father and sister in a car accident, and then being abandoned by her grief-stricken mother. 262 p., Wendy Lamb Books.

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Umbrella Summer, by Lisa Graff

umbrella summerSummary:  After her brother Jared dies, ten-year-old Annie worries about the hidden dangers of everything, from bug bites to bicycle riding, until she is befriended by a new neighbor who is grieving her own loss.

Laura Geringer Books

Confetti Girl, by Diana Lopez

confetti girlSummary:  After the death of her mother, Texas sixth-grader Lina’s grades and mood drop as she watches her father lose himself more and more in books, while her best friend uses Lina as an excuse to secretly meet her boyfriend.

Little, Brown

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