You Shouldn't Have to Say Good-Bye

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Thirteen-year-old Sarah Morrow doesn't think much of the fact that her mother winced a little when she hugged her. In fact, that first small indication of something wrong escapes the whole family. Three weeks later though there can be no escape. Sarah's mother has been diagnosed with incurable cancer and the love this family shares becomes a desperate clinging.

But Sarah's mother has a gift. A gift for reaffirming life. And even as she leaves that gift, another one, a letter, ...

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Overview

Thirteen-year-old Sarah Morrow doesn't think much of the fact that her mother winced a little when she hugged her. In fact, that first small indication of something wrong escapes the whole family. Three weeks later though there can be no escape. Sarah's mother has been diagnosed with incurable cancer and the love this family shares becomes a desperate clinging.

But Sarah's mother has a gift. A gift for reaffirming life. And even as she leaves that gift, another one, a letter, will help bring Sarah through the most painful and trying time she has ever had.

One of the most honest portraits of death, courage, and, most especially, love can now be shared again with a new generation of children.

"Hermes, author of this . . . uncompromisingly candid story makes the reader aware of life's priceless moments and the need for courage."
-Publishers Weekly

"A vivid, painful believability."
-The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A sensitive, touching account." -Instructor Magazine

"This book is by far the best liked book in my reading class. We have read this book in my fifth grade class for the last eight years. The book gives us an opportunity to discuss many issues confronted by young kids while growing up. It also provides an opportunity to discuss death and the loss of a loved one. The students and I have had many heart wrenching talks while reading this book. Many tears have been shed by my students while reading and discussing this book. This is my all time favorite book to read in class." -Online review

During the autumn of the year, thirteen-year-old Sarah learns her mother is dying of cancer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402213250
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 645,172
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Hermes (Connecticut) has written almost 50 books for young people, including Kevin Corbett Eats Flies, the sequel Heads I Win, and What if They Knew, a novel about an epileptic child. Patricia lives in Connecticut, where she spends four hours of the day writing and the rest editing her work and answering letters.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2003

    A Good Book for girls to read

    this story is about a 13 year old girl named Sarah and in the fall her mother finds out she has cancer and she thinks she is going to get better but doesn't Sarah said 'She is a mother and mothers are not supposed to die' I like this book because for one it is from a kid's point of view and not olny because she is a girl I know how sarah is felling . This is for somone who likes sad books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    I read someone to count on.....

    And it was ok......but i bawled when i read this one!!! Omg! So embarrasing!!!!!

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    Great sob story

    The first sad book I read as a child. Pleasantly surprised to find it on here. A great depiction of loss through a childs' eyes.

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

    OMG RRREEEAAADDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is so good because it has sad,loving,hope,funny.
    yyoouu will cry like crazy mostly at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2006

    memories of this book have lasted years

    I read this book shortly after I lost my father to cancer. My fifth grade teacher gave it to me, thinking it would help me understand that I was not alone. I have searched and searched for this, not remembering the title, but the thoughts of it still linger in my mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2006

    Years Later It Still Makes Me Cry

    I read this book back in fifth grade when my elementary school librarian suggested it to me and absolutely fell in love with it. That was six years ago and it still makes me cry to think about it! This is one book no girl should ever miss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    Excellent Book!

    I read this book in the 5th grade (15 years ago) and it has stuck with me ever since. I can even recall certain scenes from the book as if I lived them. Though the book is very sad its also thought-provoking and a great read. I wish the author would write a book about Sarah as a grown woman and her daughter. I recommend this book to anyone who would like to appreciate the relationship they have with their mother more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2005

    Beautiful

    Patricia Hermes came to my school to talk to us, she suggested this book to me, and I read it and fell in love with the book. A timeless beautiful story of a Mother and Daughter. I recomend it to anyone, You will appreciate the people you love a whole lot more! Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2005

    I Found It!

    I read this book when I was in elementary school (i'm now a junior in high school) and I have been looking for it ever since! I'm so glad I found it. It's a great book and everyone should read it. Make sure you have tissues though, sometimes I cry just thinking about it. Super sad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2005

    i can relate

    i have been looking for this book for 5 years i can relate my mom died to so i was told to read this book so i know that im not alone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2004

    I looked for this book for 6 years!

    I am a grown up now and I read this book when I was little. I looked for six years for this book so that my daughter now 12 could read it. I loved this book. My daughter loved this book. We will pass this on to all of our girls..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2004

    I Loved it...But Hated it...It was so sad....

    I Love this book, But it was so sad, but a low grade point avarage. It was so good. I am so glad i read it. Her mom had cancer and Sarah was trying to hold in all these emotions and then she burst. It was so sad, i cried for such a long time. I am 12\f\va, my name is Chloe and i love this book...even grown-ups should read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2002

    A really great book

    This was a really great book . if you love sad stories then read this one it will break your heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2001

    great but sad

    this book is about a girl named sarah she has a mom that is so cool her mom was voted the best mom on the neighborhood by all the kids everything is great until her mom is said to have a very rare cancer sarah's mom is trying hard to live for a few more months so she can gie sarah something important

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