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The Sibling Connection BookList

Death of a Sibling
Young Adult and Juvenile Fiction Grades 7-9

                        I was able to find most of these books at the local library, even those that are out of print. Other sources for obtaining books are used book stores such as abebooks.com, half.com, or any new book store. Most of the book titles are linked through to Amazon.com . If anyone clicks through to them and purchases a book, a small portion comes back to help pay for the webspace for this site.

Beyond Silence    Eleanor Cameron  J/F 7-9

Fifteen-year-old Andy tries to live in the moment, and not look back into the past. But he is disturbed by a recurring dream after his brother Hoagy's death. He goes to Scotland with his father and encounters one of his ancestors.

Calling the Swan    Jean Thesman  J/F 7-9

This is the story of Skylar, whose older sister, Alexandra, was abducted, and presumed murdered, when she went to the lake to feed the swans. The story shows how the cause of death impacts siblings. Friends stopped coming over, and she is understandably over-protected by her parents. As she begins to make friends in summer school, Skylar begins to heal.

Carolina Autumn    Carol Lynch Williams  J/F 7-9

Fourteen-year-old Carolina has suffered a terrible loss, both of her older sister and her father. She is struggling to cope and learns to express her feelings.

Chinese Handcuffs    Chris Crutcher   Fiction Young Adult

Still troubled by guilt about his older brother's violent suicide, eighteen-year-old Dillon becomes involved with Jennifer, drawn to her and connected by the pain they have both experienced.

Dead Birds Singing   Marc Talbot   J/F 7-9

Twelve year old Matt loses both his mother and later his sister in a car accident. He has to go and live with a friend and come to terms with the tragedy.

Del-Del    Victor Kelleher   Fiction ages 12 and up

A horror story in which Beth tells of her older sister's death and the impact it has on 7-year-old Sam, who becomes possessed by an evil creature called Del-Del.

How Could You Do It, Diane?   Stella Pevsner   (death of stepsister)   J/F 7-9

When her 15-year-old stepsister commits suicide, 14-year-old Bethany is left with questions that plague her. Shows how the parents' attempt to keep quiet about what happened delays and confuses her grief process.

I Miss You, I Miss You!    Peter Pohl   J/F 7-9

Thirteen-year-old Tina is shocked by the death of her identical twin, Cilla, who is hit by a car on the way to school. Gradually she learns to live with the loss.

Liza's Star Wish   Diana Stevens   J/F 7-9

Fourteen-year-old Liza has to spend the summer with her grandmother and doesn't like it. However, it is here she learns how to cope with the drowning of her younger sister, Holly. The author explores how cremation and the lack of a grave affect her.

Loving Ben    Elizabeth Laird  J/F 7-9

Teenage Anna experiences the birth and death of her hydrocephalic brother, and learns about life and love.

Many Stones   Carolyn Coman  J/F 7-9

Sixteen-year-old Berry tries to come to terms with the murder, a year earlier, of her sister Laura in South Africa. She and her father travel there to dedicate a memorial.

Memory    Margaret Mahy   J/F 7-9

Nineteen-year-old Johnny is still troubled by guilt about the death of his younger sister, Janine, who fell off a cliff five years earlier. He feels responsible, and searches for the only other witness to the event.

Mourning Song    Lurlene McDaniel   Fiction YA

Dani's older sister Cassie has a brain tumor, and Dani is determined to fulfill her sister's last wish before she dies.

My Brother Has AIDS    Deborah Davis  J/F 7-9

When her 27-year-old brother, Jack, comes home to die from AIDS, 13-year-old Lacy has to come to grips with his illness and impending death, and the social stigma of AIDS.

My Brother Sam Is Dead    James Lincoln Collier   J/F 7-9

This is the story of Tim Meeker, whose 16year-old brother, Sam Meeker, goes to fight in the Revolutionary War and ends up being killed.

My Brother Stealing Second   Jim McNaughton   J/F 7-9

Sixteen-year-old Bobby tries to come to terms with his grief about the death of his brother, Billy, in a car accident, and the way other people react to it.

My Daniel    Pam Conrad   J/F 7-9

Two children, Ellie and Stevie, go to the museum with their grandmother, Julia, who tells them stories of her brother's search for dinosaur bones. Julia was 12 when her older brother Daniel was struck by lightning and killed. Telling the story to her grandchildren, Julia finds a new perspective on her loss.

The Other Shepards    Adele Griffin   J/F 7-9

Teenage Holland and her younger sister, Geneva, were born after the tragic death of three older siblings, a girl and two boys, in a car accident. They are haunted by this event, their identities defined by the loss. Annie, possibly a ghost, arrives and their lives begin to change. They travel to the island where the other Shepards died, and begin to re-create themselves, apart from the grief and memories of the siblings they had never known.

Phoenix Rising : Or How to Survive Your Life    Cynthia D. Grant   J/F 7-9

When her 18-year-old sister Helen dies of cancer, Jessie (Helen's younger sister) begins reading Helen's journal. As the story unfolds, moving between Helen's journal entries and Jessie's telling of the story, the reader is drawn into Helen's struggle with dying and Jessie's struggle with staying alive.

Probably Still Nick Swansen : A Novel    Virginia Euwer Wolff   J/F 7-9

Sixteen-year-old Nick struggles everyday because of his learning disability. Nick is also troubled by the memory of watching his older sister drown.

Remembering Mog   Colby Rodowsky  J/F 7-9

Annie is about ready to graduate from high school. She remembers back two years ago when her sister, Mog, was shot and killed just before her graduation. Shows the range of emotion and defenses of family members.

Signs of Life   Jean Ferris   Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Hannah is struggling with grief over the death of her twin, Molly, six months earlier. The family decides to go to France to recover and Hannah meets a young man. Eventually she is able to move forward with her life.

Something for Joey    Richard E. Peck   Young Adult

A fictionalized true story of football star John Cappelletti who made touchdowns as medicine for his younger brother Joey, who was suffering from leukemia and died in 1976.

The Stone Pony    Patricia Calvert  J/F 7-9

JoBeth's older, talented sister dies, and JoBeth tries to bury her feelings of resentment and guilt by the study of a stone pony at the local museum.

A Summer to Die    Lois Lowry  J/F 7-9

Thirteen-year-old Meg has a love/hate relationship with her older sister, Molly. When Molly dies, her earlier envy turns to feelings of guilt.

The Terrorist   Carolyn B. Cooney J/F 7-9

Sixteen-year-old Laura, an American living in London, puts her mourning on hold while she tries to find the person responsible for killing her 11-year-old younger brother, Billy. As time passes, she begins to feel her grief.

Toughing It    Nancy Springer   J/F 7-9

Shawn Lacey (aka Tuff) is a 16 year-old boy whose 18-year-old brother, Dillon, is murdered right in front of him. "It happened like a knife cutting my life in half," says Tuff. A short book that shows how poverty and family dysfunction impact the grief process.

When I Was Older    Garrett Freymann-Weyr (aka Garrett Weyr)   J/F 7-9

Sophie had plans for when she was older, until everything changed when her brother, Erhart, died. Now 15-years-old, she has changed completely. She has difficulty dealing with the normal social life of a teenager. She meets Francis, and through her friendship with him, comes to terms with the changes in herself, and life in general.

The Year Without Michael    Susan Beth Pfeffer  J/F 7-9

When 14-year-old Michael disappears one day, his 16-year-old sister, Jody, tries to cope with her loss, in spite of the additional loss of friends and what the tragedy is doing to the family. Portrays the agony of not knowing, and yet presuming that the missing child has been murdered.

You Take the High Road    Mary K. Pershall  J/F 7-9

Set in Australia, this tells the story of teenage Samantha, and the loss of her baby brother.

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