Death - Books for Older Children

Blume, Judy. Tiger Eyes. Laurel Leaf, 1982. Story of how Davey Wexler recovers from the shock of her father's death during a hold-up of his 7-11 store. Ages 12 and up.

Giddens, Sandra. Coping with Grieving and Loss. Rosen Pub. Group, c 2000. Explains the stages of grieving and how to cope with death and loss, including where to go for help. Ages 12 up.

Gootman, Marilyn E. When a friend dies: A book for Teens about Grieving and Healing. Free Spirit, Minneapolis, MN, c 2005. This book guides and validates teens with gentle wisdom and advice.

Grollman, Earl A. Straight Talk About Death For Teenagers: How to Cope With Losing Someone You Love. Beacon Press, Boston, MA, 1993.

Lowry, Lois. A Summer to Die. Laurel Leaf, 1984. Meg must learn to cope with her sister's illness and eventual death from leukemia. Ages 12 up.

Park, Barbara. Mick Harte was Here. Bt Bound, 1999. Thirteen year old Phoebe describes her brother Mick and the effect his death has on her family. Ages 8 - 12.

Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terabithia. Harper Trophy, reissue 2004. A young boy deals with the accidental death of a close friend. Ages 9 and up.

Richmond, Marianne. The Gift of a Memory. Marianne Richmond Studios, Inc., 2001. Gentle poetic verse leads the reader to record memories of their loved one. Ages 9 up.

Romain, Trevor. What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies? Free Spirit Pub., c 1999. The author talks directly to kids about death and how to cope. Ages 9-13.

Ruiz, Ruth Ann. Coping with the Death of a Brother or Sister. Rosen, 2001. Well written. Ages 10 - 17.

Rylant, Cynthia. Missing May. Yearling Books, 1993. After the death of the beloved aunt who raised her, 12 year old Summer and her uncle leave in search of the strength to go on living. Ages 12 up.

Stickney, Doris. Waterbugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children. Pilgrim Press, Cleveland, OH, 2004. Allegorical story about death and life after death. Ages 10 up.

Traisman, Enid Samuel. Fire In My Heart, Ice In My Veins. Centering Corp., c 1992. A journal for teenagers experiencing loss. Ages 12 up.

Weiss, Stefanie Iris. Everything You Need To Know About Dealing With Losses. Rosen Pub., reissue ed. 2002. Describes different kinds of losses and suggests coping mechanisms. Ages 12 - 17.

Wolfelt, Alan. Healing Your Grieving Heart For Teens. Companion Press, 2001. This book offers practical and constructive tasks that will bring teens in contact with their feelings.

Wolfelt, Alan. Healing Your Grieving Heart Journal For Teens. Companion Press, 2002.