- File Size: 85 KB
- Print Length: 9 pages
- Publisher: Maranda Russell; 1 edition (August 28, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 28, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005JQBIII
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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#924,918 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #376 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Difficult Discussions > Death & Dying
- #734 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Short Stories
- #1204 in Books > Children's Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Difficult Discussions > Death & Dying
In Memory of Dad (Literary Classics International Book Awards winner) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
It is based on the "story" of Kaley, who absolutely loves Basketball, and always supported by her father. Then tragedy strikes and life will never be the same again. Kaley turns her back on basketball.
It is a heartwarming short story for a child going through the same thing that Kaley has, and helps to show them that life doesn't have to end and that they are not alone.
For any child that has been through such a loss, I would recommend this short story for them. The author having been through something similar to herself, includes a passage at the end, where she talks about grief and how to come to terms with it, speaking from experience.
This book was provided for me to review by the author. No payment was received and the opinion of the book is entirely my own without influence.
by Maranda Russell
A nine year old girl named Kaley loves basketball. She loves the sound and feel of the ball, there is nothing about it she doesn't love. Her and her father always play basketball together, it's "their thing". When tragedy strikes and her father passes away she is left full of grief and confused. She no longer wants to play basketball and she is relieved when she turns in her jersey and quits the team. When the captain of the basketball team begs Kaley to come to a game she reluctantly agrees and she is glad that she does. This book is just .99 cents on Smashwords and is a great book for a child that is in need of coping with a loss close to them. It brought tears to my eyes because the subject matter is tender. A relationship between a little girl and her dad is a special and cherished relationship that is very important. I also really enjoyed Maranda's writing style. It was descriptive and touching and flowed smoothly from start to finish. Please follow the link below to purchase this book.
Bottom line, this is a wonderfully sweet story. You feel so much for Kaley, as well as her mother and her friends. Also, this is a great book to pass along to someone who is suffering from a loss. The author shares with the reader her own experience with loss at a young age, and how to cope with such grief. I highly recommend anyone share this story with someone who is trying to find the way to cope.
In her short story IN MEMORY OF DAD, young Kaley must learn to deal with the grief of losing her father. She must learn that finding joy in living doesn't tarnish her father's memory.
A great story--nicely paced and well written. The best life-lesson rests in the positive and uplifting ending.
The story is about Kaley Jergins, a fourth grader, who has a special relationship with her father, they both share a passion for playing basketball. Kaley's dad Kyle, used to play basketball when he was in school, and Kaley dreamed of following in his footsteps. One cold January night, Kaley's father suffered a fatal heart attack. Nothing would ever be the same again in her life! She tried to go on with her life, but everything reminded her of her dad. She started skipping basketball practices and games, and after a month went by she officially quit the team. She really missed playing ball and her teammates, but without her dad there to cheer her on, she just couldn't do it anymore, it had always been "their" thing. She felt empty and alone, she kept to herself at school, wishing there was a way she could still be on the team and be around her friends, but without her dad to share it with, it just didn't feel right. She wished she could go back in time to when everything in her life was fine. It took Drea, a friend and captain of the basketball team and her teammates, to show Kaley that she isn't alone, and that she could go forward with her life and still have the memory of her dad in her heart.
The author wrote a beautifully heartfelt story based loosely on her own real experience of losing her dad at the age of twelve. This story was written from her heart, and she so eloquently expresses her message and lesson that through dealing with loss and grief, your life will go on, and that your loved one will always be in your heart.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good short story. Losing someone is always hard. I have found that it can also be a motivation to finish or become something to make that Peron more proud or even to honor... Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by Coach Wanda
My father also passed away and that reminded me so much of him!:') give it a ten!! I LOVED IT!!Published on December 14, 2012 by Marina Cruz
If you're looking for a short and simple way to help a child deal with the loss of a parent, In Memory of Dad can certainly help. Read morePublished on February 23, 2012 by cheryl c malandrinos
This lovely story by Maranda Russell gives us a personal and realistic picture of the grief children experience at the loss of a beloved parent. Read morePublished on November 4, 2011 by judy strong
Author Maranda Russell's In Memory of Dad is a great teaching tool for any young person trying to cope with the death of a loved one. Read morePublished on September 22, 2011 by Linda Pennington Black
4/5 stars only because I want to read more!
In Memory of Dad is a short but sweet tale of love and loss in a beautiful way. Read more
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