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KLIATTWhat do you do to cope with the death of a parent? For Amy, Allie and David Dennison, you write about it. Twins Amy and Allie, age eight when their father died, and David, then four, show kids how to deal with pain by chronicling their own loss. Excerpts of journals kept right after their father's sudden death reveal the immediate thoughts and feelings of the children. Now, five and a half years after his death, each section of the book includes an analysis of how they handled the situation. The children offer practical advice that goes beyond their initial responses and actions. The book covers the night their dad died, the funeral, the next nearly two years, and the future. The end of the book includes letters to their father and suggestions on how to continue dealing with the pain. Their story is written to children from children in an honest and helpful manner. This book will be an invaluable resource for children and teenagers who are trying to deal with a loss of their own. KLIATT Codes: JS-Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2003, Free Spirit, 107p. illus., Ages 12 to 18.
— Amanda MacGregor