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What a crappy way to spend a weekend. The always-sarcastic Abby would rather be playing soccer, and the cagily quiet Christopher thinks a grief retreat is a waste of time. Neither of them wants to...
What a crappy way to spend a weekend. The always-sarcastic Abby would rather be playing soccer, and the cagily quiet Christopher thinks a grief retreat is a waste of time. Neither of them wants to...
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  • What a crappy way to spend a weekend. The always-sarcastic Abby would rather be playing soccer, and the cagily quiet Christopher thinks a grief retreat is a waste of time. Neither of them wants to spend two days talking about their feelings. But despite their best efforts to stay aloof, Abby and Christopher are drawn into the lives of the other kids at the retreat. Maybe their stories will make them rethink how they are dealing with their own losses.

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  • Monique Polak is the author of over twenty novels for kids and young adults. She has also written one nonfiction book for kids (Passover: Festival of Freedom), as well as a board book for toddlers. Monique teaches English literature, creative writing, and humanities at Marianopolis College in Montreal, Quebec. For more information, visit www.moniquepolak.com.

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  • Kirkus

    June 15, 2018
    How can kids who are dealing with their own grief help other kids with similar problems?When Abby's dad makes her join him at a two-day grief retreat, she wears her soccer cleats as a form of protest. Her mother died of heart disease just two months ago, and Abby doesn't feel like sharing the experience with anyone. But once she's there, she finds herself opening up a bit, especially to another girl, Felicia, who lost both her parents at the same time in a snowmobiling accident. If Felicia can survive losing both parents, surely Abby can be brave about losing one? Abby's narration alternates with Christopher's; his father died two years ago, and he really doesn't want to talk about it. But as the group gets closer, they discover that not all is as it seems. Can the shaky common ground they've worked to develop withstand an emotional earthquake? Or two? At times reading like a manual in how to express feelings of grief, this book sometimes stretches awkwardly in its attempt to blend a compelling narrative with dialogue that might prove useful to someone struggling to deal with a death. Even the plot twists feel carefully inserted for a higher therapeutic purpose. The cast is largely white, but some French-Canadian characters add diversity, as do a teen with two moms and a kid whose parents emigrated from Chile.Useful--but purpose trumps art. (Fiction. 10-14)

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