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Books for Sad Days

In the mood to hug your pillow and shed some tears? Then keep some tissues handy and indulge in these touching tales.
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A Taste of Blackberries
by Doris Buchanan Smith Illustrated by Mike Wimmer

For a young boy, summer means endless days spent with his best friend, Jamie, a bright and clever boy, full of life and mischief. If the two of them aren't picking blackberries, they're wrestling or skipping stones across a creek. Together, these two boys are in constant motion.

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The Summer of Riley
by Eve Bunting

Maybe that's one of the reasons people get dogs, to kind of close up the empty places inside them.

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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
by Eleanor Coerr Illustrated by Ronald Himler

Two-year-old Sadako Sasaki was living in Hiroshima when the atom bomb was dropped. Sadly, ten years later, she was diagnosed with leukemia, also known as "atom bomb disease."

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by Sarah Darer Littman
Janie Ryman hates throwing up. So why does she binge eat and then stick her fingers down her throat several times a day? That”s what the doctors and psychiatrists at Golden Slopes hope to help her discover.
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On My Honor
by Marion Dane Bauer

"On my honor," Joel says to his father when he promises not to go anywhere except the park.

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Paperback Book: $6.99

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Old Yeller
by Fred Gipson

When a novel like Huckleberry Finn, or The Yearling comes along, it defies customary adjectives because of the intensity of the response it evokes in the reader.

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Paperback Book: $4.79

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Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck
This classic novel tells the tale of an unusual friendship between two very different men: the mentally challenged and sometimes violent Lennie, and his loyal yet reluctant caretaker George.
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Jacob Have I Loved
by Katherine Paterson

Sara Louise Bradshaw is sick and tired of her beautiful twin Caroline. Ever since they were born, Caroline has been the pretty one, the talented one, the better sister. Even now, Caroline seems to take everything: Louise's friends, their parents' love, her dreams for the future.

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Good Night, Mr. Tom
by Michelle Magorian
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The Giver
by Lois Lowry

Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community.

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Paperback Book: $7.19

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A Day No Pigs Would Die
by Robert Newton Peck

Out of a rare American tradition, sweet as hay, grounded in the gentle austerities of the Book of Shaker, and in the Universal countryman's acceptance of birth, death, and the hard work of wresting a life from the land comes this haunting novel of a Vermont farm boyhood.

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Charlotte's Web
by E. B. White Illustrated by Garth Williams

American prose stylist E.B. White presents one of the best-loved stories of all time. And a heartwarming portrait of one of the best-loved pigs of all time.

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Paperback Book: $7.19

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The Big Wave
by Pearl S. Buck
On a mountainside in Japan, two boys enjoy a humble life governed by age-old customs. Jiya belongs to a family of fishermen; his best friend, Kino, farms rice. But when a neighboring volcano erupts and a tsunami swallows their village, including Jiya's family, life as they know it is changed forever.
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All the Broken Pieces
by Ann E. Burg

Two years after being airlifted out of war-torn Vietnam, Matt Pin is haunted: by bombs that fell like dead crows, by smoke and death, by the brother — and the terrible secret — he left behind.

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CD: $20.99

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Hardcover Book: $11.89

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Book Guide: Where Red Fern Grows
by Wilson Rawls

Billy Colman roams the Ozarks of northeastern Oklahoma with his bluetick hound and his precious coonhound pup trying to "tree" the elusive raccoon. In time, the inseparable trio wins the coveted gold cup in the annual coon-hunt contest, captures the wily ghost coon, and bravely fights with a mountain lion.

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