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Love, Aubrey

Love, Aubrey

Fall 2009 Fiction
Ages: 9 - 14 yrs.
ISBN: 978-0-385-73774-6
Hardcover Price: $15.99
Eleven-year-old Aubrey doesn't want her grandmother to take her to Vermont. She was doing just fine on her own, with her pet fish Sammy. And if she moves, how will her mother know where to find her-- f her mother ever comes back? Aubrey can't bring herself to believe that her mother might have left deliberately, just as she can't bring herself to think about her father's and sister's recent deaths. Slowly, Aubrey grows to trust her grandmother. And then her mother resurfaces; and Aubrey must make a choice.

Aubrey's mental evasions and sudden flashbacks are predictable but effective devices to impress upon young readers what a post-traumatic stress reaction might be like. The secondary characters of the grandmother, a new friend named Bridget, and a badly behaved boy at school are warmly drawn, and their sympathy provides a necessary balance for the oppressive heaviness of Aubrey's internal feelings. This novel is a weepy one, and young readers should have boxes of tissues on hand, but they will enjoy crying every drop.

Naomi Lesley   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Naomi Lesley taught middle and high school English for six years. She is currently in a doctoral program at the George Washington University, focusing on American young adult literature.

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