If you like Defining Dulcie by Paul Acampora
After reading about the book, it seems like the author does a good job of balancing the grief and sorrow that Dulcie feels with a sense of hope and humor. Based on this, I came up with some titles that I hope you will like.
Julia’s Kitchen by Brenda A. Ferber.
When her mother and younger sister are killed in a house fire, Cara struggles to find a way to deal with her emotions and to reach out to her grieving father.
Rules by Cynthia Lord.
Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with a young paraplegic.
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock.
After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones.
Fifteen-year-old Ruby Milliken leaves her best friend, her boyfriend, her aunt, and her mother's grave in Boston and reluctantly flies to Los Angeles to live with her father, a famous movie star who divorced her mother before Ruby was born.
And on a more serious note, but hopeful, nonetheless…
Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen.
After running away from her fifth foster home, Holly, a twelve-year-old orphan, travels across the country, keeping a journal of her experiences and struggle to survive.