Friday, January 23, 2009

Reader Response Request

First of all, my mother is fine.

A dear, dear neighbor of ours, however, passed away this week. I'm not finding anything in my catalog that will really help my 15-year-old daughter, who is devastated by his death. If anyone has book lists, please send them. There must be books out there for teenagers that deal with death, especially the death of a grandparent. Not the whole book; it's not like sitting down with a five year old and a picture book, and reading it to the child to help him cope. But books that include the death of a grandparent.
Mr. Wayne Kempshall, 100, will be sorely missed for his sense of humor, fun stories (he once killed portions of his yard with Round Up, so just spray painted the dirt green), and his joy in living. Every year on his birthday, at 5:00 a.m., he would set firecrackers off in the street. We did not meet him until he was 85, but I am so glad that my children got a chance to know the type of older gentleman who would always give them a quarter or a cookie when they would visit and was always glad to take the leaves and twigs that they would bring to him. My daughter still runs faster during cross country meets if I shout his name to her.


  1. The House of Dance, by Beth Kephart, is a lovely YA Book about a dying is sad, but very loving.

  2. Karen I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I had a similar relationship with a neighbor, Mr. Jules Proskine.He passed away at 107. Amazing man, amazing historian. I am not sure about a book to help out C. I will be on the look out...One book you should check out is by Dr. Brian Weiss...Through time into healing. I suspect you would find it interesting and it may help with C. Going to the bookstore to get some of your recommendations...v.j.

  3. Anonymous5:52 PM EST

    Dear MsY, I recommend this moving novel -- different circumstances and yet universal. Skin Deep by E.M.Crane.