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Last Week

by Bill Richardson, illustrated by Emilie Leduc

tagged: death & dying, diseases, illnesses & injuries, emotions & feelings
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publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Description

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 because this is their grandmother’s last week of life. 

As friends and family come to call on Flippa—as Gran is fondly known—the child observes the strange mix of grief, humor, awkwardness, anger and nostalgia that attends these farewell visits. Especially precious are the times they have alone, just the two of them. Flippa, the child sees, has made up her mind. Like time, she is unstoppable. So as Sunday approaches, the child must find a way to come to terms with Flippa’s decision. What is the best way to say goodbye?

Beautifully illustrated in black and white—with one unexpectedly joyful splash of color—Last Week is a nuanced look at what death with dignity can mean to a whole family, with an afterword and additional resources by MAiD expert Dr. Stefanie Green.

 

Key Text Features

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afterword

explanation

resources

 

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3
Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

About the Authors

Bill Richardson

A former radio/television presenter, Bill Richardson writes for children and adults. His books include Bachelor Brothers? Bed & Breakfast, Waiting for Gertrude, and The Alphabet Thief. Awards include the Leacock Medal for Humour, the Silver Birch Award, and a B.C. Book Award. In 2021, he and Bill Pechet collaborated on Hare B&B, which was included in The Globe & Mail's favourite 100 books of 2021 and was a Top Recommended Read in the 2022 TD Summer Reading Club.
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Emilie Leduc

ÉMILIE LEDUC has worked as a graphic designer, animator and illustrator for various television series. In 2010, she received the Michèle Lemieux Award for Illustration. Her picture book All Year Round was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Illustration in 2012. Emilie lives and works in Montreal, Quebec.

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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Editorial Reviews

A sensitive look at what death with dignity can mean to a family.

— BCBookLook

An elegant dance of image and prose.

— The Tyee

Heartfelt … It certainly is a book about coming to terms with grief, but it is also very much a book about love.

— Vancouver Sun

A story of such elegance.

— CanLit for LittleCanadians Blog

Assisted death is a subject seldom found in children’s literature, but this book handles the topic gently and sympathetically.

— Booklist

Heartfelt … Black and white illustrations beautifully capture the range of emotions felt by each member of the family. STARRED REVIEW

— Quill & Quire

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