Divorce

Bird Lake Moon

By Kevin Henkes

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Twelve-year-old Mitch and his mother are spending the summer with his grandparents at Bird Lake after his parents separate. Ten-year-old Spencer and his family have returned to the lake where Spencer's little brother drowned long ago, and as the boys become friends and spend time together, each of them begins to heal.
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Hatchet

By Gary Paulsen

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After a plane crashes, 13 year old Brian spends 54 days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce. YA Fic Pau
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Amber Brown Is Feeling Blue

By Paula Danziger

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Amber Brown, meet Kelly Green! Kelly might be a new friend in fourth grade, which is great, but Amber is still sad. Her parents are divorced, and she has to decide whether to spend Thanksgiving with her mom or her dad.

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Robert Lives with His Grandparents

By Martha Whitmore Hickman

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A boy has chosen to live with his grandparents rather than his mother while she gets help for her addictions. He loves his grandparents, but he worries that the other kids will make fun of him when it's time for Parents' Day at school
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How Tia Lola Came to Visit/Stay

By Julia Alvarez

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Miguel is mortified when Tia Lola comes to the small town where even he doesn’t fit in. Convinced Tia Lola will only make him seem like more of an outsider, he tells his friends she’s a ghost and pretends she doesn’t exist.

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Robert Lives with His Grandparents

By Martha Whitmore Hickman

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Robert is embarrassed to admit to his classmates that he has lived with his grandparents ever since his parents' divorce. JE Fic Hic

Suggested for ages 5 - 8

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Mary Downing Hahn: Woman of Mysteries

When Mary Downing Hahn writes a book, she works along steadily until that magic moment when the characters develop their own voices. Whether it's a mean-mouthed boy who is hiding family secrets or a girl who is terrified of the ghostly presence haunting her small step-sister, this author's characters tell their own stories both believably and intriguingly.

Barbara Park: Still Clowning Around

Barbara Tidswell was born in Mount Holly, New Jersey, on April 21, 1947. Mount Holly was a small town, surrounded by farms. Young Barbara was the class clown in elementary school. Whenever she thought of something funny, she would just blurt it out to share with everyone in the room. In fact, she got sent to the principal's office for talking too much. This was not a cool thing to have happen as her dad was then president of the school board! She also loved to read comic books. In high school and college, she studied to be a teacher. She thought she might be able to add some humor to dull science classes. Barbara never thought back then that she would be a writer.

Divorce Resources

Divorce touches so many families in the Central Rappahannock Region. But there is help! There are many resources available to assist people contemplating or confronting the sad reality of divorce. Here are a few suggestions:

I. Some Good Books