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Planet Grief
By (author): Monique Polak
9781459815681 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Death, Grief, Bereavement Montreal Sep 04, 2018
$10.95 CAD
Active 5 x 7.5 x 0.5 in | 220 gr 208 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C103567 Orca Book Publishers
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2019, Commended Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award 2019, Short-listed
Why would anybody want to go to a grief retreat?

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.

Monique Polak is the author of over twenty novels for kids and young adults. She has also written two nonfiction books for kids as well as a board book for toddlers. Monique teaches English literature, creative writing and humanities at Marianopolis College in Montreal.

"A compelling narrative…might prove useful to someone struggling to deal with a death." - Kirkus Reviews

"Good bibliotherapy…Middle school students will enjoy and benefit from this book. The writing is engaging, the topic is important, and the message is well-delivered." - School Library Connection

"Offers a helpful model to readers struggling with loss and healing in their own lives, particularly the messages that they are not alone and there are many ways to grieve. This is a good choice for readers in need of a quick-moving but informative novel, and, perhaps, a little reassurance." - Booklist

"The story is engagingly told from the changing perspective of two narrators. It makes for an intimate and sometimes moving view." - January Magazine

"It allows the reader to understand that going through the grieving process may be as individual as the person…The story is compelling and one is drawn into the emotions experienced by the kids and their parents who have suffered the death of a parent or sibling." - Resource Links

"The characters are realistic and relatable…A good general addition to large library collections." - School Library Journal

"Dramas keep the plot of Planet Grief rolling along…Never one to skirt difficult issues, Monique Polak has given us a book that speaks to the people around us of any age who are struggling with the loss of a loved one." - Montreal Review of Books

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