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ISBN13: 9780385737746
ISBN10: 0385737742
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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.

Review:

"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.)

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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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Amy Mazzariello, July 3, 2009 (view all comments by Amy Mazzariello)
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.

Aubrey is an 11 year old girl who, along with her mother has survived a horrific car accident that took the lives of her father and younger sister Savanna. When we first meet Aubrey she is living alone in her family’s house while waiting for her mother’s return. Finally, after weeks pass (and Aubrey stops answering the phone) she receives a visitor. After a series of persistent knocking that quickly turn into frantic banging Aubrey reluctantly opens the door. She is met with her grandmother. This begins the long process of healing that Aubrey so desperately needs. The first step includes Aubrey packing only the items she’ll be able to carry as she, her grandmother and Sammy (her Beta fish) board a train that will take them north to Vermont. Once there Aubrey is greeted each morning with a small list of the day’s chores, three well balanced meals, and before she knows it a new best friend. This is a beautiful story, told through the voice of a bruised child, about a tenacious little girl and her struggle to let go of the family she once knew while find what it takes to embrace the new family standing before her.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385737746
Publisher:
Wendy Lamb Books
Subject:
Grief
Author:
LaFleur, Suzanne M.
Author:
LaFleur, Suzanne
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
Vermont
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Death and Dying
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Publication Date:
20090609
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 9
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.22x5.80x.95 in. .85 lbs.
Age Level:
09-14

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Product details 272 pages Wendy Lamb Books - English 9780385737746 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)
"Synopsis" by , 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.

"Synopsis" by , 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.
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