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"I had everything I needed to run a household: a house, food, and a new family. From now on it would just be me and Sammy-the two of us, and no one else."
A tragic accident has turned eleven-year-old Aubreys world upside down. Starting a new life all alone, Aubrey has everything she thinks she needs: SpaghettiOs and Sammy, her new pet fish. She cannot talk about what happened to her. Writing letters is the only thing that feels right to Aubrey, even if no one ever reads them.
With the aid of her loving grandmother and new friends, Aubrey learns that she is not alone, and gradually, she finds the words to express feelings that once seemed impossible to describe. The healing powers of friendship, love, and memory help Aubrey take her first steps toward the future.
Readers will care for Aubrey from page one and will watch her grow until the very end, when she has to make one of the biggest decisions of her life.
Love, Aubrey is devastating, brave, honest, funny, and hopeful, and it introduces a remarkable new writer, Suzanne LaFleur. No matter how old you are, this book is not to be missed.
"LaFleur's moving debut offers a convincing first-person narration of a girl coping in the wake of tragedy. When 11-year-old Aubrey's mother drives away one morning, leaving her alone in their house, Aubrey resolutely takes care of herself for a week, buying canned food (and a pet fish) with birthday money and watching TV. After Aubrey's concerned grandmother arrives (Aubrey hasn't been answering the phone) and takes her home with her to Vermont, the devastating circumstances behind her mother's departure become clear: Aubrey's family has recently been in a car accident, in which both her father and little sister were killed. Aubrey grapples with her abandonment by displaying psychosomatic symptoms — she gets frequent bouts of nausea — and through symbolic gestures (she periodically composes letters to her sister's imaginary friend, which are interspersed throughout). With the support of a neighbor her age, her grandmother and a school counselor who encourages her to write letters to her family, Aubrey begins to accept her loss and to understand her mother's complex motivations for leaving. The relationships at the center of Aubrey's struggle — with her mother, grandmother and with herself — are fleshed out with honesty and sensitivity. Ages 9 — 14. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
How do you go on living when your father and little sister have died in a tragic car accident? For eleven-year-old Aubrey's mother, who was driving the car, the answer is that you run away. Aubrey lives alone in their Virginia house for a few days over the summer, taking care of herself and pretending her mother never left. Then Gram shows up, and brings Aubrey back to her house in Vermont, where her firm hand and loving support help Aubrey face what has happened. In Vermont, Aubrey finds a best friend, and begins to heal. Readers will care for Aubrey from page one until the very end, when she has to make one of the biggest decisions of her life.
Love, Aubrey is devastating, brave, honest, funny, and hopeful, and it introduces a remarkable new writer.
Eleven-year-old Aubrey's father and sister have died in a tragic car accident. Her mother, who was driving the car, runs away, leaving Aubrey all alone. This deeply affecting novel about loss, love, friendship, and family introduces a remarkable new writer.
About the Author
Suzanne LaFleur received her MFA in writing for children from The New School. This is her first novel. Originally from Massachusetts, she now lives in New York City, where she teaches in a public school for gifted children.
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