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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Series: AWARDS: Mark Twain Nominees 2011-2012
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books; First Edition edition (June 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385737742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385737746
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4–6—How does a child recover from unspeakable loss? For Aubrey, 11, it takes time, love, stability, and the emotional release that comes from writing letters. After her father and younger sister die in a car accident, Aubrey's mother becomes psychologically unstable and abandons her. Uprooted from her home in Virginia, Aubrey goes to live with her grandmother in Vermont. Along with Gram's love, she finds solace in spending time with the family next door and acquires a best friend in the process. When her mother materializes and begins her emotional recovery, Aubrey must decide whether to return home or to remain with her grandmother. Throughout the grieving process, her emotions are palpable. LaFleur captures the way everyday occurrences can trigger a sudden flood of memories and overwhelming feelings of renewed loss. She details the physical responses of the human body to emotional trauma with an immediacy that puts readers inside Aubrey's pain and loss. The child's progress is reflected in her letters, which are at first directed to her sister's imaginary friend, then to her dead father and sister, and finally to the mother who hurt her so deeply. While the grandmother's patience and insight at times stretch credulity, for those who want or need to experience grief vicariously, this is an excellent choice.—Faith Brautigam, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL END

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Starred Review, Booklist, August 1, 2009:
"LeFleur proves she is an author to watch in this debut novel."

More About the Author

I grew up in the suburbs of Boston quite happily, reading, writing, playing outside, and swimming with my parents and three younger siblings. When I got a little older, I went to college (Washington and Lee, BA in English and European History), and a little older still, to grad school (The New School, MFA in Writing for Children).

Now I split my time between Natick, MA and New York City. I have written three children's books: Love, Aubrey; Eight Keys; and Listening for Lucca.

My interests include:
Crackers and cheese
Swimming 50 yards with one breath
Collecting dishes that don't match, and a few that do
Wearing a different-colored sock on each foot
Taking out too many books from the library
Writing letters
Planning travels to Europe
Reminiscing
and
Wondering how my desk got so cluttered.

You can learn more about these problems and other things at:
http://www.suzannelafleur.com/.

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My daughter who is 10 years old absolutely loves this book.
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I love the book .it was sad at some parts but it got really good I think you should be about 10 to read it.
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This was an amazing book after you start reading it you won't want to stop.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Knapp on July 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Aubrey is only 11, but she is dealing with events far beyond her years. This book is almost impossible to put down (except to wipe one's eyes and get more tissues) as Aubrey deals with the aftermath of a car accident. Though Aubrey herself is not yet 12, I think this would be a tough read for sensitive pre-teens. Supportive family, neighbors, friends and a school counselor help Aubrey through a painful year. Youngsters in the mood for a tear-jerker, or readers who want to be both saddened and uplifted, go read this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"I get by with a little help from my friends." -- Beatles, 1967

In fact, "I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends" could indeed be the soundtrack of this excellent book. A bit of Beatle humor is thrown in when a minor character named Pennie Layne makes a cameo appearance early in the book.

Aubrey, 11 loses her father and younger sister Savannah, 7 in an automobile accident. She and her mother are the only survivors. Shortly after the accident, Aubrey's mother shows signs of mental illness. She neglects to cook, clean or acknowledge Aubrey's presence. Matters come to a head when she walks out of the house, drives away, leaving Aubrey to fend for herself.

And fend she does. Aubrey copes as best she can, not knowing when or if her mother will return. Luckily, her maternal grandmother takes the train down to Virginia from her native Vermont. She takes Aubrey and her pet fish Sammy back with her to provide her with a home and loving stability.

Naturally adjustment problems ensue. Aubrey copes with her losses by writing letters. A neighbor girl, Bridget, takes Aubrey under her wing as do her younger sister Mabel, 4 and brother Danny, 1. Bridget's loving family widens their circle to include Aubrey.

In time, Aubrey opens up to Bridget. Getting through school is made a lot easier with Bridget's help and that of an astute counselor.

This is one of the best books about grief, grieving, loss and death that I have ever come across. Aubrey, like the 1965 John Lennon classic "In My Life," comes to accept that "some are dead and some are living....in my life, I've loved them all." Fortunately she does thrive in her new home in Vermont.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By asop8890 on October 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I originally bought this for my 5th grade daughters school book project. After she read it I decided to read it too since she went on and on about how great the book was, she was right! This book was perfect for her age and reading level. I couldn't put it down once I started reading. It's very emotional but has a great plot and characters. I admit I did cry, my daughter did too. The author did such a good job with the details in the book, made you feel like you were really there and part of the story. Reading it actually made my 5th grade daughter appreciate her little sister more and I have noticed a difference in how she treats her(for the better). It's kind of crazy that a book would help there relationship but it did! Hopefully it last. I'd have to go on to say this is probably one of the best books I've ever read. HIGHLY RECOMMEND-especially for young girls with little brothers or sisters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By susannah on September 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
Suzanne LeFleur's "Love, Aubrey" is excellent. Just excellent. As other reviewers have mentioned, Aubrey, just eleven, has recently lost her father and younger sister in a car accident, and her mother has walked out on her, leaving her to fend for herself alone. Unlike other books in which the reader might just see in their mind's eye what the characters are doing, I was right there with Aubrey, feeling her pain, her anguish, her confusion, her anger, and her happy times too. There are moments that will sear the soul.

Aubrey's grandmother saves her life, in more ways than one. She is an extremely loving, patient yet firm, wise woman, yet is not painted as a saint. You see her grief as well as her anger at what her daughter has done to Aubrey, and some blame of herself for not foreseeing the situation, even though it is mentioned that Aubrey's mother had not exhibited any signs of mental illness prior. I loved Bridget as well, also drawn as a real kid who got annoyed at her little sister and even at Aubrey and had a crush on a boy but was also fun and loving and a real friend. I wouldn't let her order the pizza though, but that's just me!

I did NOT like Aubrey's mother. I can understand depression after a major trauma but I don't understand being so "depressed" that someone would just forget they had left their child at home all alone. It doesn't sound as though the problem went beyond that or that the mother was admitted to a hospital, though the book isn't clear on where exactly she is. Luckily it was only for a week, as Aubrey's Gram found her. It could have been alot longer and alot more dangerous for Aubrey. At no time was this addressed with Aubrey's mother. At no time is Aubrey's feelings about the tragedy or the abandonment or anything else ever addressed by her mother.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Sprague on March 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I heard about Love, Aubrey though another blog - though sadly I can't remember which. The title stuck with me, being that it's name is one that I am quite attached to.

You see, Aubrey is my daughters name, not only that but she's 10, so only one year younger than the Aubrey in the book.

Strangely the similarities did not end there - with in the pages of Love, Aubrey - Aubrey lives with her family in Virginia, we also live in Virginia - and while most of the story does not take place there, it struck a cord with me. Another striking coincidence is that Aubrey's middle name in the book is Lynne, my Aubrey's name is Lynn! Also, something else that struck me, is that my Aubrey and her brother are 4 years apart in age - the Aubrey in the book and her sister are 4 years apart in age as well.

As such, it was a bit strange reading...though Aubrey's life in the book is very different from my daughters; and I hope always is...the coincidences did get to me, I found them a bit eerie but also sorta fun! It added a different dimension to the book one I might not have had otherwise, which made the story and it's characters all the more real to me.

Now, onto my thoughts on the book - It's BEAUTIFULLY written. Being her first book LaFleur did an amazing job. It tugged at my heartstrings, and still hours after finishing it it's still tugging. It's not a novel I will forget any time soon...I loved little Aubrey, her resilience and her strength I found quite amazing, as well as extremely authentic, being that I have an Aubrey (of about the same age) the way that LaFleur portrayed Aubrey was very much what I would expect from my own daughter.

The only thing that I wish there was more of, is character development.
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