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A Garden of Creatures

by Sheila Heti, illustrated by Esmé Shapiro
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: death & dying, rabbits, friendship

A tender and deeply moving picture book about loss and the big questions it leaves behind from New York Times bestselling author Sheila Heti and acclaimed illustrator Esmé Shapiro.

Two bunnies and a cat live happily together in a beautiful garden. But when the big bunny passes away, the little bunny is unsure how to fill the void she left behind. A …

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Red Fox Road

by Frances Greenslade
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: survival stories, parents, death & dying

A thirteen-year-old girl on a family vacation becomes stranded alone in the wilderness when the family's GPS leads them astray. A compelling survival story for ages 10 to 14, for fans of Hatchet and The Skeleton Tree.

Francie and her parents are on a spring road trip: driving from British Columbia, Canada, to hike in the Grand Canyon. When a shortcu …

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Last Week

by Bill Richardson, illustrated by Emilie Leduc
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: death & dying, diseases, illnesses & injuries, emotions & feelings

A child cherishes every second of their grandmother's last week of life in this sensitive portrayal of medical assistance in dying (MAiD).

“In this last week, there are seven days.” That's one hundred and sixty-eight hours. Or ten thousand and eighty minutes. Or six hundred four thousand and eight hundred seconds. A child counts every second bec …

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The Tunnel

by Sarah Howden, illustrated by Erika Rodriguez Medina
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 12
tagged: emotions & feelings, self-esteem & self-reliance, death & dying

A spare, powerful story about taking space to process difficult feelings 

After something bad happens, a boy feels sad and gray. Mom and Aunt Cheryl try to talk about it, but he feels like running away. So he picks up a shovel and starts digging a tunnel from his room, deep down and into the backyard. Out there, far from the lights of the house, …

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Rodney Was a Tortoise

by Nan Forler, illustrated by Yong Ling Kang
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: death & dying, friendship, turtles

This comforting and gently humorous picture book about bereavement and the strength of friendship shows how a child overcomes the sadness of her beloved pet's death.

Bernadette and Rodney are the best of friends. Rodney's not so good at playing cards, but he's great at staring contests. His favorite food is lettuce, though he eats it VERRRRRRY SLOO …

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Maxed Out

by Daphne Greer
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: hockey, death & dying, special needs

Twelve-year-old Max just wants to play hockey.

But ever since his dad died, Max's mom has been struggling. Now Max has to take his brother, Duncan, who is autistic, with him wherever he goes. Max's team is counting on him to help them win the upcoming playoff game against the Red Eagles, but one practice makes it clear that it's not safe to leave hi …

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Eight Days

by Teresa Toten
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 8
tagged: death & dying, diversity & multicultural, drugs, alcohol, substance abuse

Governor General’s award-winning author Teresa Toten’s story about one girl’s transformative eight-day road-trip to retrieve her mother’s body.

 

How do you face a heartbreaking past?

One day at a time.

Or as Aggie says, one crisis at a time.

In Teresa Toten’s compelling new novel Eight Days, Samantha finds out that the mother she thought had …

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