If Only

If Only

By Carole Geithner

New York:  Scholastic Press, 2012

327 pages  Grades 5-7

Genre:  Realistic Fiction


If only…her mother hadn’t died.  This is the story of thirteen year old Corinna Burdette who is just getting ready to start her eighth grade year when her mom dies just a month before school starts.  It is already hard  just being a thirteen year old but add to that having no mom around, friends who feel sorry for you and don’t know what to say (so they just ignore you) and a dad who is so grief stricken that he is having a tough time just trying to be dad let alone mom and dad.  This story is beautifully told in first person.  This story gives Corinna and all other kids who have lost a mom a voice and hope. Come experience Corrina’s eighth grade year as she grieves the loss of her mother and tries to find herself again.  This is a wonderful novel for middle schoolers (and adults too)!


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