Thursday, September 1, 2016

Be Light Like a Bird by Monika Schroder

Genre: Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction
Source: I received a copy from Netgalley to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Wren is a twelve-year-old girl whose father dies in a plane crash. This is a realistic look at the grief process and how it affects everyone. This is a very heavy topic for middle school children. However, a recent discussion in my sixth grade classroom brought forward that often times middle school is when grandparents and sometimes parents die. This is their biggest fear, the loss of family and friends. This is the perfect book for my school shelves. The relationship between Wren and Theo reminded me of two kindergarten students I had. Curtis lost him mom to cancer. He grew up watching her in constant pain, even though she tried hard to protect him from it. He took her death hard. Then Sarah’s dad suddenly died of pneumonia. It was Curtis who helped her through the grieving process.  He had no idea he had helped me as well. Theo and Wren reminded me so much of them.  I love when books can help me make a personal connection. This is an emotional read so get out your box of tissues. This is one you won’t want to put down.

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