Hide Sora notification

Try Sora - the student reading app, by OverDrive

Apple App Store
Google Play Store
  Main Nav
Sorry For Your Loss
Cover of Sorry For Your Loss
Sorry For Your Loss
Borrow Borrow
★ "A heartfelt and expertly written tale of loss, family, and friendship that will have readers blinking back their tears...Beautiful and sincere."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review Evie Walman is...
★ "A heartfelt and expertly written tale of loss, family, and friendship that will have readers blinking back their tears...Beautiful and sincere."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review Evie Walman is...
Available Formats-
  • OverDrive Read
  • EPUB eBook
Languages:-
Copies-
  • Available:
    always available
  • Library copies:
    always available

Recommended for you

 

Description-

  • "A heartfelt and expertly written tale of loss, family, and friendship that will have readers blinking back their tears...Beautiful and sincere."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    Evie Walman is not obsessed with death. She does think about it a lot, though, but only because her family runs a Jewish funeral home. At twelve, Evie already knows she's going to be a funeral director when she grows up. So what if the kids at school call her "corpse girl" and say she smells like death? They're just mean and don't get how important it is to have someone take care of things when your world is falling apart. Evie loves dusting caskets, polishing pews, and vacuuming the chapel—and on funeral days, she dresses up and hands out tissues and offers her condolences to mourners. She doesn't normally help her parents with the grieving families directly, until one day when they ask her to help with Oren, a boy who was in a horrific car accident that killed both his parents. Oren refuses to speak and Evie, who is nursing her own private grief, is determined to find a way to help him deal with his loss.

    Praise for previous books by Joanne Levy:

    "Levy's narrative is spot on."—Booklist review for The Sun Will Come Out

    "The story gives voice to the experience of Jewish preteens; chronic illness and disability are also sensitively tackled in this complex tale about difference, acceptance, and self-confidence. A heartfelt tear-jerker about love, friendship, and courage."—Kirkus Reviews review for The Sun Will Come Out

    "Uplifting, gentle...Exudes inter-generational warmth, family love, and friendship."—Association of Jewish Libraries review for Fish Out of Water

    "Though brief, this text masterfully connects the toxic masculinity to its roots in deep misogyny, making Fish a hero people of all genders can stand up and cheer for. All readers will appreciate this book's nuanced messaging around gender roles and trusting yourself."—Kirkus Reviews, review for Fish Out of Water

About the Author-

  • Joanne Levy is the author of a number of books for young people, including Double Trouble and Fish Out of Water in the Orca Currents line and the middle-grade novels The Sun Will Come Out and Small Medium At Large, which was nominated for the Red Maple Award. She lives in Clinton, Ontario.

Reviews-

  • Kirkus

    September 15, 2021
    Evie Walman does not have, nor does she want, any friends. A lot of the kids in her class think it's creepy that her parents own a funeral home. It's certainly not a normal summer job for a rising eighth grader, but Evie takes her position as junior funeral director very seriously. And despite what anyone may think, she is equally as serious about not making any friends--that just leads to getting hurt. When she meets Oren Katzman after the tragic deaths of his parents, she is eager to help him through his grief during the arduous funeral process, but certainly not as his friend. At first this seems easy for Evie, especially since Oren hasn't spoken since the accident, but when her parents invite him to help out at the funeral home as well, the two can no longer avoid their growing (if mostly silent) friendship. This middle-grade novel is both a celebration of life and a peaceful acknowledgement of the harsh realities of death. It is a heartfelt and expertly written tale of loss, family, and friendship that will have readers blinking back their tears as they follow Evie and Oren as they navigate their way through their new companionship. Characters are White and Jewish. A beautiful and sincere story of death, healing, and family. (Fiction. 8-12)

    COPYRIGHT(2021) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    October 15, 2021

    Gr 3-7-When her relationship with her best friend, Sam, came to an abrupt end, Evie decided to give up friends. It's easy to do; she is bullied by classmates because her parents run a funeral home. Evie is proud of her parents' business and wants to be a funeral director herself one day. She's excited when her mother asks for her assistance with a grieving family with a son who is Evie's age. Oren is the sole survivor of a car crash that killed both his parents. While Evie's attempts to comfort Oren initially backfire, the two become close, despite Evie's stance on friendship and even though Oren has not spoken since the accident. Soon it's clear Oren is helping Evie as much as she is helping him; the two need each other to process their trauma. Their evolving friendship is enjoyable to read about. This contemplative novel sensitively depicts a straightforward and compassionate view of death and grieving and explains the Jewish customs for burial preparation. Character development is the strength of the novel, especially in emotionally charged moments. This highly discussable novel navigates complex feelings gracefully. It should be noted that Evie has kept much to herself, including the real reason why her friendship with Sam ended, the level of bullying she experiences, and that her parents have placed perhaps too much responsibility on her. All major characters read as white, and all are observant Jews. VERDICT Despite the heavy topics this unique novel addresses, it features humor and warmth and characters young readers will care about.-Juliet Morefield, Multnomah County Lib., Portland, OR

    Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    November 1, 2021
    Grades 4-7 Evie loves helping at her family's Jewish funeral home and hopes to become a funeral director someday. She has only been allowed to assist with tasks like cleaning and handing out tissues, in hopes that with time she may be promoted to junior funeral director. When a boy named Oren, who has lost his parents in a car accident, and his uncle schedule a meeting with Evie's parents, she is asked to lend a hand. Thrilled to finally be helping with a grieving family, Evie prepares to answer any questions Oren may have. However, when Evie meets with Oren, she discovers that he hasn't spoken a word since the accident. After a rocky first meeting, Evie becomes committed to helping Oren express his grief in a different manner. Levy does an excellent job explaining Jewish funeral practices and traditions throughout the story while also depicting genuine feelings and questions children may have about death. Sorry for Your Loss is a sincere story about hope, healing, and a blooming friendship amid grief.

    COPYRIGHT(2021) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Title Information+

  • Publisher
    Orca Book Publishers
  • OverDrive Read
    Release date:
  • EPUB eBook
    Release date:

Digital Rights Information+

  • Copyright Protection (DRM) required by the Publisher may be applied to this title to limit or prohibit printing or copying. File sharing or redistribution is prohibited. Your rights to access this material expire at the end of the lending period. Please see Important Notice about Copyrighted Materials for terms applicable to this content.

You've reached your checkout limit.

Visit your Checkouts page to manage your titles.

Close

You already have this title checked out.

Want to go to your Checkouts?

Close

Recommendation Limit Reached.

You have reached the maximum number of titles you are allowed to recommend at this time. You can recommend up to 3 titles every 30 days.

Close

Sign in to recommend this title.

Recommend this title for your digital library.

Close

Enhanced Details:

Close
Close

Limited availability

Availability can change throughout the month based on the library's budget.

is available for days.

Once playback starts, you have hours to view the title.

Close

Permissions

Close

There are no copies of this issue left to borrow. Please try to borrow this title again when a new issue is released.

Close

The OverDrive Read format of this eBook has professional narration that plays while you read in your browser. Learn more here.

Close

Holds

Total holds:


Close

Restricted

Some format options have been disabled. You may see additional download options outside of this network.

Close

MP3 audiobooks are only supported on macOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) through 10.14 (Mojave). Learn more about MP3 audiobook support on Macs.

Close

Please update to the latest version of the OverDrive app to stream videos.

Close

Bahrain, Egypt, Hong Kong, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the Sudan, the Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen

Close

You've reached your library's checkout limit for digital titles.

To make room for more checkouts, you may be able to return titles from your Checkouts page.

Close

Excessive Checkout Limit Reached.

There have been too many titles checked out and returned by your account within a short period of time.

Try again in several days. If you are still not able to check out titles after 7 days, please contact Support.

Close

You have already checked out this title. To access it, return to your Checkouts page.

Close

This title is not available for your card type. If you think this is an error contact support.

Close

An unexpected error has occurred.

If this problem persists, please contact support.

Close

Close

NOTE: Barnes and Noble® may change this list of devices at any time.

Close
Recommend this title for your digital library
Sorry For Your Loss
Sorry For Your Loss
Joanne Levy
Optional:
Close
Buy it now
and support our digital library!
Sorry For Your Loss
Sorry For Your Loss
Joanne Levy
A portion of your purchase goes to support your digital library.
Close
Barnes & Noble Sign In |   Sign In

The first time you select “Send to NOOK,” you will be taken to a Barnes & Noble page to sign into (or create) your NOOK account. You should only have to sign into your NOOK account once to link it to your library account. After this one-time step, periodicals will be automatically sent to your NOOK account when you select "Send to NOOK."

You can read periodicals on any NOOK tablet or in the free NOOK reading app for iOS, Android or Windows 8.

Accept to ContinueCancel

Sora Turbo
Get the app!
Apple App Store
Google Play Store
Brought to you by Halton District School Board, and built with 💕 by OverDrive.
Close

Renewing this title won't extend your lending period. Instead, it will let you borrow the title again immediately after your first lending period expires.

Close

You can't renew this title because there are holds on it. However, you can join the holds list and be notified when it becomes available for you to borrow again.

Close