Death of a Sibling in Childhood
Juvenile Fiction Grades 4-6
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Carol Lynch Williams J/F 4-6
This is a year in the life of 12-year-old Leah, in which she learns to move on after the death of her younger sister, Kelly, who died suddenly from an aneurysm.
Artie's Brief : The Whole Truth, and...
Christi Killien J/F 4-6
Twelve-year-old Artie is trying to cope with the suicide of his older brother. Artie wants to become a lawyer. He decides to take on the case of an unpopular schoolmate who he feels has had the same unfair deal in life that his brother had.
by Patricia MacLachlan J/F 4-6
This is the story of Larkin, a 12-year-old girl, whose parents had lost a baby boy that Larkin never knew. When they find an infant on their doorstep, they take care of her for a year, which forces them to deal with the earlier loss. Shows the impact that the loss of a sibling can have, even when that brother or sister has not been known.
The Baby Project
by Sarah Ellis J/F 4-6
11-year-old Jessica is excited about getting a new baby sister. When the baby dies suddenly from SIDS, however, her joy is plunged into sorrow. Also published as The Family Project, it shows how her family deals with loss.
Beat the Turtle Drum
Constance C. Greene J/F 4-6
Thirteen-year-old Kate grows up quickly when her beloved younger sister, Joss, falls out of a tree and dies. She becomes acquainted with a wide range of feelings as she learns to cope with her loss.
by V. Cleaver J/F 4-6
Set in Florida, the story of an 11-year-old girl, whose baby brother died of pneumonia, and how she copes with this loss.
A Birthday Present for Daniel : A...
Juliet Rothman J/F 4-6
A little girl’s brother has died and she tells the story of his loss and her feelings afterwards. This book addresses the issue of what to do about the birthday of the dead child.
Lynne Ewing J/F 4-6
Tito’s older brother has been killed in a drive-by shooting.
Eighty-Eight Steps to September : A Novel
Jan Marino J/F 4-6
Eleven-year-old Amy fights and plays with her 13-year-old brother Robbie like any sister. When he is hospitalized with leukemia, she stubbornly believes he will come home. Before he dies, she is able to fulfill his final wish.
Ralph Fletcher J/F 4-6
Eleven-year-old Cliff is the oldest in the family. Life for him is a mixture of conflict, excitement and tragedy, when his brother, Brad, dies.
Nancy Hope Wilson J/F 4-6
Ten-year-old Natalie's younger brother was killed in a car accident. Two years later, she still struggles with the loss. An elderly neighbor helps her to understand loss and the connection between them helps her move on with life.
Getting Near to Baby (2000 Newbery Honor...
by Audrey Couloumbis J/F 4-6
When their infant sister dies and their mother becomes depressed, 12-year-old Willa Jo and her little sister, who has been mute since the death, are taken to live with their Aunt Patty. The children climb on the roof to get closer to their baby sister. Shows how bereaved siblings can also lose their parents emotionally, when parents cannot care for them because of the parents' own grief.
C. Adler J/F 4-6
Fifteen-year-old Jon-O was killed in an accident, but his spirit appears to his 12-year-old brother Wally, encouraging him to be more daring. Wally still seeks his brother’s approval, and gets it when he is able to move on into life.
Home from Far
Jean Little J/F 4-6
When Missy was 10 years old, her twin brother Michael was killed in an automobile accident. A year later, her parents decide to take in two foster children, one of them called Michael. Missy is afraid her parents are trying to forget her twin.
Kelly and Me
Carol Lynch Williams J/F 4-6
Eleven-year-old Leah struggles with the sudden death of her 10-year-old sister, Kelly, from an aneurysm.
Karin Lorentzon J/F 4-6
Nine-year-old Di’s experiences both life and death in this book, when brother dies and her dog has puppies. Explores the meaning of loss.
Last Left Standing
Barbara T. Russell J/F 4-6
Thirteen-year-old Josh struggles after the sudden death of his older brother, Toby. He pretends that his brother is not dead. After connecting to some friends of his brother, Josh gains the strength to face the truth.
Louisa May Alcott J/F 4-6 Also a film with the same name.
A story of four sisters Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth. When Beth dies, Jo finds comfort in self-expression through writing. Semi-autobiographical.
Kristine Franklin J/F 4-6
Three years ago 11-year-old Perry’s little sister died in a car accident. His parents divorce and he is living with his father in an isolated area. A family moves in nearby and he gradually makes friends with the oldest girl, Willow. Through his relationship with her and her family, he begins to open his heart again.
Virginia Lee J/F 4-6
Ten-year-old Maryanne dies, leaving her brother, six-year-old Mark-O and the rest of her family grieving, but able to gain wisdom about loss.
Mary by Myself
Jane Denitz Smith J/F 4-6
Eleven-year-old Mary tells the story of her infant sister and her death. She is sent to camp and begins to act out with another girl, named Laura. When she is able to get away from Laura and her influence, she is able to express her grief and begin to resolve the loss.
Mick Harte Was Here
Barbara Parks J/F 4-6
Thirteen-year-old Phoebe struggles with the improbable death of her fun-loving brother, 12-year-old Mick, in a bicycle accident.
My Brother Joey Died
G. McLendon J/F 4-6
Shows what grief is like for children from the viewpoint of a little girl whose brother dies.
My Brother's Ghost
Allan Ahlberg J/F 4-6
Narrator Frances looks back on her life to a time after her 10-year-old brother Tom was killed in an accident. His ghost returns as a guardian to the 9-year-old Frances and in time she comes to terms with his death.
My twin sister Erika Ilse-Margaret Vogel J/F 4-6
Inge questions her own identity after the death of her sister.
Patricia Hermes J/F 4-6
Emily likes her brother “Monse” but is annoyed by his teasing. She thinks it is her fault when he dies in a freak accident. She is helped by visits to a psychiatrist.
Run, Run, As Fast As You Can
Mary Pope Osborne J/F 4-6
Eleven-year-old Hallie has moved around a lot. But at least she always has her brother, Michael, to be her friend. When her family moves to Virginia, however, she is devastated by his death, made worse by her parents’ hiding information.
Searching for David's Heart : A...
Cherie Bennett Ages 9-12
Darcy’s older brother, David, died in an accident, and Darcy believed it was her fault because of a fight they had just before the accident. David’s heart is used in a transplant, and when she meets the boy who got David’s heart, she learns a powerful lesson about life.
Snowdrops for Cousin Ruth
Susan Katz J/F 4-6
Nine-year-old Johanna can still hear the voice of her younger brother, Johnnie, who was killed when a car skidded out of control while he and his twin sister, Susie, were building a snowman. Susie stops speaking completely. An elderly relative comes to live nearby and they begin to heal.
The Soul of the Silver Dog
Lynn Hall J/F 4-6
Feeling withdrawn and alienated after her younger sister's death from cystic fibrosis, teenaged Cory adopts a blind show dog and is determine to bring back some of his earlier glory.
Susan Merritt History Grade 4 and up
Set in Canada in 1866, this is the story of fourteen-year-old Maud Fraser, who is troubled by the sudden death of her little brother. She thinks her father blames her for the child’s death. When her village is taken over after a battle, she turns her home into a field hospital, and takes care of the wounded. She learns a family secret and the truth about her brother's sudden death
Chas Carner J/F 4-6
Twelve-year-old Trey Landry is trying to come to terms with the death of his twin brother. He adopts and takes care of an injured doe.
Writing to Richie Patricia Calvert J/F 4-6
David and his younger brother, Richie, are foster children who have finally found some good parents. They are happy until Richie dies suddenly from an anaphylactic reaction. The foster parents get a new child, Ollie, who helps David learn to live with his loss.
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