Gr 5-8-Two serious subjects are treated with respect. Both books discuss emotions, behavior, and the changes that will occur in readers' lives. They give advice on how to deal with the upheaval and with family, friends, and school during and after a serious illness or a death. The authors emphasize the importance of communication and seeking help when the going is particularly tough, with many suggestions for where to find that help. Wainwright, especially, considers the plight of single-parent families with no close relatives. Her advice is consistent with the information provided in Eda LeShan's When a Parent Is Very Sick (Joy Street, 1986; o.p.), which was written with younger children in mind. Wilson gives more practical suggestions than those found in Karen Gravelle and Charles Haskins's Teenagers Face to Face with Bereavement (Messner, 1989; o.p.), and while the writing is not as eloquent as Earl A. Grollman's in Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers (Beacon, 1993), it does cover the subject. The texts are concise and easy to read, illustrated with anecdotal examples and full-color photos of young teens.-Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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