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Bibliotherapy Books for Children and Young Adults: Depression, Sadness, & Grief

This guide details resources for bibliotherapy, especially for use in SPSY 6350 - School-Based Interventions: Children, Youth and Families and SPSY 6400 - School-Based Interventions: Groups, Classrooms and Systems.

Julia's Kitchen

Summary:  When her mother and younger sister are killed in a house fire, eleven-year-old Cara struggles to find a way to deal with her emotions and to reach out to her grieving father.

My Sister, Then and Now

Summary:  Ten-year-old Rachael describes how her twenty-year-old sister's schizophrenia has affected the family and expresses her own feelings of sadness and anger.

At Daddy's On Saturdays

Summary:  Although her parents' divorce causes her to feel anger, concern, and sadness, Katie discovers that she can keep a loving relationship with her father even though he lives apart from her.

Detour for Emmy

Summary:  Emmy, whose future had once looked so bright, struggles to overcome the isolation anddepression brought about by being a teen mother who gets little support from her family or the father of her child.

Amazing Gracie

Summary:  A high school girl has a lot to deal with in her sophomore year when her beloved mother who is a victim of depression remarries, a new brother is acquired, and the family moves to Salt Lake City.

My Father, the Nutcase

Summary:  When her father becomes clinically depressed, fifteen-year-old Zoe worries that his illness will engulf the entire family.