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ANNOTATED LIST OF BOOKS ON PARENTING & DIVORCE

©Vicky Campagna, PhD

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(REVISED:  May 6, 2005)

 

Note: While it is not possible to review all the many books on divorce, those listed below were the most frequently cited by my mental health colleagues as being worthwhile. Your library may have these titles, or others.  The best thing to do is ask the reference librarian, or just go to the library and look for all books that have the call numbers 306.89, both in the adult and juvenile sections.  Of course, you can find many of them at your local bookstore, or buy online at www.amazon.com.  Many of these books are available for less money at a used book bookstore.  Check your local resources.  Good online sources for used books include:

  1. http://www.abebooks.com/
  2. http://www.powells.com/
  3.  http://www.alibris.com/home.cfm?siteID=f3Nbk.qDEzc-IaDFmSugt56kbP9OVrHeIA
  4. http://www.bookfinder.com/

Please note too that not all books will be appropriate for all families.  Each family will have its own individual issues, and care should be taken to select books that best meet each family’s needs.

 

Books For Parents

 

Neuman, M. Gary. (1998)  Helping Your Kids Cope with Divorce. Random House.  This book is different from many others written to guide parents in helping their kids cope with the divorce.  Neuman, a therapist, suggests using art work as  a means of helping children express nonverbally what they may have trouble talking about with words.  He also presents age-specific information: how divorce feels to a 4 year old, for instance, is vastly different from how it feels to a teenager.  There is also an extensive section on new partners, stepfamilies and visitation issues.  At 461 pages, this is a very thorough book!

 

Lansky, Vicki. (1996) Vicki Lansky's Divorce Book for Parents: Helping Your Children Cope With Divorce and Its Aftermath (Rev. 1996) Book Peddlers.

Lansky is probably more familiar to most parents as the author of books such as “Feed Me, I’m Yours” and “Kid’s Cooking.”  Although she has no professional credentials, she has researched and written extensively in the popular press on various aspects of parenting. Her writing style is straight-forward, broad-based and occasionally laced with humor.

 

Ackerman, Marc J. (1997) Does Wednesday Mean Mom’s House or Dad’s House?  This book is written by a clinical psychologist who is an expert on child custody, and who presents and has authored books on the subject of child custody.  It is a well-organized, well-written, easy-to-read book for parents who are going through the divorce process.  The author begins with the premise of ‘in the child’s best interest’ and how to operate under that premise. He discusses various stages of divorce: from making the decision to divorce to custody issues to co-parenting/parallel parenting issues.  He coaches on how to handle the child’s feelings, how to work with the other parent, as well as how to handle practical legal and parenting matters. Towards the end of the book, the author provides a very helpful list of custody ‘do’s and don’t’s’. There is also a chapter on resources giving information on some of the mental health professionals that may be (or become) involved in divorce matters, as well as organizations of which they may be associated.  There is a short reference list.

 

Blau, Melinda. (1994) Families Apart: Ten Keys to Successful Co-Parenting

This self-help book is written by a journalist and author who describes her divorce and how she co-parented her children with her ex-husband.  Although this book is 11 years old, the concepts and strategies hold as true today as they did 11 years ago.  The author reminds the reader to keep focus on oneself and the children and not on the other parent, and to be mindful of the children’s ages and developmental stages, as well as their emotional states when talking about divorce.  The author gives concrete examples of things to do to keep a positive framework, such as recognizing negative self-talk, using positive self-talk, reading, and getting out and socializing.  There is an extensive resource list for adults and children, along with a sample of a Parenting Agreement and Questionnaire.  It is an easy-to-read book packed with solid information.

 

Klatte, William C. (1999) Live-Away Dads

The author is a social worker who has conducted social studies and visitation mediation.  He is divorced and became a ‘live-away-dad’.  This book was written for fathers who do not have physical joint custody and addresses issues of anger and depression, how to manage these emotions, how to parent the child, and how to build a network of support.  The book provides support, encouragement, and concrete ways for fathers to stay involved with their child.  The focus is on how men can look at their own behaviors, change themselves, and act in ways that can help their child.  The author reminds the reader about the importance of focusing on oneself, rather than focusing on changing the court system or the other parent.

 

Talia, M. Sue (1997)  How to Avoid the Divorce from Hell and Dance Together at your Daughter’s Wedding  This book is written by a family lawyer.  She highlights topics that come up in divorce and lets the reader know the facts on the issues:  how to avoid pitfalls, what’s realistic, what’s not, and ways to consider issues.  The book is easy read to read – written in a conversational tone and with wit.  It has a glossary of terms and a list of resources.

 

           

Twilley, Dwight (1994) Questions from Dad:  A Very Cool Way to Communicate with Kids  The author of this book is a writer and musician.  This book helps the parent with ideas for communicating with his/her child after the divorce to establish, increase, and maintain emotional closeness.  The author illustrates a creative way to communicate with his/her child by creating “Dad’s Test” that asks questions about the child and his/her interests.  The author gives examples of questions and drawings he used to create his ‘tests’.

 

 

Wittman, Jeffrey (2001) Custody Chaos, Personal Peace: Sharing Custody With an Ex Who's Driving You Crazy   Many parents can relate to wanting to do ‘the right thing’ but keep having walls and words thrown up around them.  This book gives strategies and techniques for focusing one’s efforts on self and how to be the best parent to your child without getting wrapped up in the sins of the other parent.  The way it is written is almost as good as having a face-to-face session with a therapist – as a matter of fact, the author is a licensed psychologist.

 

Goldstein, Susan and Colb, Valerie (1999) The Smart Divorce: A Practical Guide to the 200 Things You Must Know Golden Books.  This is a short (169 pages) book that focuses mostly on preparation for beginning the divorcing process.  It emphasizes strategies and does in fact present 200 pieces of advice, some glaringly obvious (“Don’t use the same lawyer”) and others more subtle (“Rushing to file your tax returns alone may backfire”).

 

Hannibal, Mary Ellen (2002) Good Parenting Through Your Divorce Marlowe & Company    This book is follows the much-acclaimed program for children of divorce, “Kid’s Turn.’  The author is a former divorce court judge, and she focuses on how to connect with, support and understand children who are going through this difficult time.  She addresses the often thorny issue of discipline during this period, and also presents a lists of do’s and don’ts regarding shared parenting.

 

Applewhite, Ashton (1997)  Cutting Loose: Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well  Harper Collins    This book has a very unique position: the author “shatters the misleading image of  the lonely, deprived, and financially strapped divorcee that the media in this country have imposed on all of us.” Applewhite “debunks the myth that divorce devastates (children).”

 

Wallerstein, J. and Blakeslee, S. (2003What About The Kids?  Raising Your Children Before, During and After Divorce Hyperion Publishers Wallerstein is one of the most well-known and widely-cited people in the divorce literature field.  A psychologist, she has written extensively (in both professional and lay publications) on the subject.  She emphasizes ways to protect children from the emotional fallout of a divorce, and suggests ways to formulate a good custody plan; age-specific factors are considered.

 

Stein, S. (1979)  On Divorce: An Open Family Book for Parents and Children Together  Walker Publishing Company. Library   This is a totally different kind of book: it has pictures and text suitable for a young child and also has a sidebar in smaller text for the parent, explaining what the child’s perceptions and feelings in such a situation might be.

 

Warshak, R. (2001) Divorce Poison: Protecting the Parent-Child Bond From A Vindictive Ex  Harper Collins  If you haven’t heard the term “Parental Alienation Syndrome” yet,  count yourself lucky!  Warshak’s book is for those parents who believe their ex is systematically brainwashing the kids against that parent and poisoning the relationship.  A psychologist, Dr. Warshak offers strategies on how to deal with this uncomfortable scenario.

 

The Custody Solutions Sourcebook by Jann Blackstone-Ford (1999).   Lowell House Publishers.  Chicago. ISBN 0-7373-0075-2 This book presents a very clear, step-by-step procedure for designing your plan. Blackstone-Ford also explicitly defines all the various forms custody may take (e.g. joint legal vs. joint physical custody) and offers some novel solutions you may want to consider (like both you and your ex move out, leaving the kids in the family home, and the parents rotate coming to that home to provide custodial care).

 

Gardner, Richard (1977)  The Parent’s Book About Divorce  Gardner was the child psychiatrist who coined the term “parental alienation syndrome” (see below).  The idea that some parents try to alienate the children from the other parent is well-accepted in the mental health profession; the idea that it is a syndrome is not.  This paperback gives advice on the entire divorce process, from contemplation to the need for psychotherapy to adjust.

 

Gardner, Richard (1998) The Parental Alienation Syndrome Second Edition.  Creative Therapeutics.  Here’s the book that asserted that alienating behaviors constituted a genuine syndrome.  This concept is pretty well discredited, but the legitimacy of the existence of the behaviors has never been in doubt.  This 400+ page book will tell you more than you ever wanted to know about the subject.

Gold, Lois (1992)  A Guide to a Civilized Divorce: How to Resolve Conflict, Improve Communication and Avoid Costly Legal Battles (1992) Plenum Publishing.  I think this is a real winner of a book and should be read by every divorcing couple.  Gold shows that divorce does not have to mean bitterness and lingering hostility, that a marriage can be ended with self-esteem and dignity intact.

Lyoke, N.  (1999) American Girl Library: A Girl’s Guide to Divorce and Stepfamilies.  Pleasant Company Publications.  Good for girls 8-12, this book outlines various scenarios common to divorces, and suggests effective ways of handling them.  Subjects include areas such as “Do you parents put you in the middle?” and “Missing Dad—and Mom” and “How Big Are Your Fantasies?”

Troyer, W.  (1979)  Divorced Kids: Children of Divorce Speak Out and Give Advice  Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich.  The author takes the position that “children are not witnesses to divorce; they are participants.”  He interprets various child behaviors and feelings and shows how they are manifested during the divorce process.  This is an easily read book, but it can be painful to see how kids are affected.

Teyber, E.  (1992)  Helping Children Cope with Divorce.  Lexington Books.  Teyber divides his book into sections, i.e. Children’s Concerns, Guidelines for Parents and Child-rearing After Divorce.  The author is a therapist, and his training shows: the book illustrates clearly how divorcing parents can take steps to help their kids deal with the pain, confusion and anxiety that, they show, do not inevitably have to be a part of the divorce.

 Darnall, Douglas (1998) Divorce Casualties: Protecting Your Children From Parental Alienation  Taylor Publishing Co.  Quite similar in content to Warshak’s book (see above) this is another book directed towards countering the effects of alienating behaviors.

Ricci, I. (1997) Mom's House, Dad's House: The Complete Guide for Parents Who Are Separated, Divorced, or Remarried (Revised)  This is another classic and has very detailed information and suggestions for parents who are sharing custody.  The core concept is how to make two homes for your child in the way that is most comfortable for everyone.  This is another book that’s easily located.

 

Newman, G. (2000)   101 Ways To Be A Long-Distance Super Dad or Mom!  Here are tips for the parent who is separated from their child(ren) but who still wants to stay connected.  Newman gives many innovative ideas, including such things as creating a fantasy sports team and competing against one another and how to play tic-tac-toe by phone.

 

Stahl, P. (2000) Parenting After Divorce: A Guide to Resolving Conflicts and Meeting Your Children’s Needs   Impact Publishers.  Stahl is a very experienced child custody evaluator who has written many books and articles for the professional audience.  This book, in contrast, is directed specifically at the divorced parent and has a great deal of information on how to make the co-parenting process as painless and effective as possible.

 

Troyer, W.  (1979)  Divorced Kids: Children of Divorce Speak Out and Give Advice  Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich.  The author takes the position that “children are not witnesses to divorce; they are participants.”  He interprets various child behaviors and feelings and shows how they are manifested during the divorce process.  This is an easily read book, but it can be painful to see how kids are affected.

 

Teyber, E.  (1992)  Helping Children Cope with Divorce.  Lexington Books.  Teyber divides his book into sections, i.e. Children’s Concerns, Guidelines for Parents, Child-rearing After Divorce.  The author is a therapist, and his training shows: the book illustrates clearly how divorcing parents can take steps to help their kids deal with the pain, confusion and anxiety that, the author shows, do not inevitably have to be a part of the divorce.

 

Wolf, Anthony (1998) Why Do You Have To Get A Divorce?  And WHEN Can I Get A Hamster?  Farrar, Strauss & Giroux  No one would ever argue that divorce is funny, but this author (who also wrote “Get Out Of My Life!  But First, Could You Drive Me and Cheryl To The Mall?”) makes his points in an undeniably amusing way.  Wolf is a psychologist whose recommendations are thoroughly grounded in solid mental health principles.

 

Trafford, Abigail (1992) Crazy Time: Surviving Divorce & Building A New Life  Harper Perennial  This is an excellent resource for anyone recovering (or attempting to!) from the bruising experience of divorce. The author provides a context for understanding and coping with the emotional rollercoaster that usually accompanies a break-up.

 

Coates, C. and LaCrosse, R. (2003)  Learning From Divorce: How To Take Responsibility, Stop The Blame, Move On  Jossey-Bass.  As long as you’re going through the emotional pain of divorce, it makes sense to gain whatever insight you can from the experience.  In an empathetic, positive manner, this family law/psychologist author duo will help the reader feel positive and hopeful about the future.

 

Lyster, Mimi.  Child Custody: Building Parenting Agreements That Work (2003) Nolo Press.  Berkeley, CA Working out a fair and realistic custody agreement is one of the most difficult tasks for parents going through a divorce or separation. Child Custody is the only book to show separating or divorcing parents how to overcome obstacles and build their own win-win custody agreements.  A professional mediator, author Mimi Lyster details a wide variety of issues that separating parents must decide and suggests many positive, helpful solutions from which to choose. The book includes tear-out worksheets and reviews laws pertaining to custody for all 50 states.  There’s even a blank custody agreement you can fill in and submit to the Court.  The latest edition is completely reorganized, although earlier editions (which you can often find at used book sites) all contain core information. 

Shulman, Diana  Co-parenting After Divorce (1996) Winnspeed Press, Sherman Oaks, CA  Since the divorce procedure has become, legally speaking, nearly as innocuous as apple pie in America, the task has fallen to psychologists such as Shulman to provide both adults and children with the tools to get on with their lives. In this book, devoted to the immense parenting problems of divorce, no space is wasted with esoteric or gushy narrative; Shulman writes in the style of a how-to manual. The book nonetheless achieves its stated goal of being "an unintimidating and practical guide to help with the adjustment process." From the basics of "Creating a Co-Parenting Plan" to the specifics of handling the problems of children from infancy on up to age 18 in dealing with the divorce milieu, Shulman provides practical, straightforward capsules often broken down into useful steps. Though this is most suitable for divorced parents as a "ready reference" guide for thinking quickly on one's feet, public libraries would certainly do patrons a service by adding it to their collections. 

Child custody made simple : understanding the laws of child custody and child support   Watnik, Webster Single Parent Press, 2003.

 

The first edition of Child Custody Made Simple won two book awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Award for Parenting and the Writer's Digest National Competition for Nonfiction. The latest edition of Child Custody Made Simple contains more than 150 pages of new material

 

 

 

   

 

Books For Kids

 

Primary Grades and Preschool

 

Krasny-Brown, L. and Brown, M. (1986) Dinosaur’s Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families  Little, Brown  This slim paperback book is one of the classics in the field of children’s divorce literature. It is inexpensive ($6) and easily found at most bookstores 

 

Lindsay, J.W.  (1991)  Do I Have A Daddy?  This book is different because it has a section on children of never-married parents, as well as dealing with its subtitle “A story about a single parent child.”

 

Hausherr, R. (1997)  Celebrating Families    Although not specifically focusing on children of divorce, this book, with its many evocative photographs, discusses the fact that families can be very different in composition, but all share the same basic element of caring and love.

 

Mausrel, C. (2001)  Two Homes  Many beautifully-done drawings, this book presents life with dad and with mom, showing the similarities, ending with “we love you, wherever you are.”

 

Rogers, Fred (1996) Let’s Talk About It: Divorce  G.P. Putnam. There’s something very comforting about Mr. Rogers, and he’s also very familiar to many young children.  The tone of this book is identical to what you imagine he’d say if you could talk to him face to face: it’s clear and extremely reassuring.

 

Baum, Louis. (1986) One More Time  This story is about a little boy and his father winding down a Sunday afternoon with a visit to the park and the train-trip to the boy’s mother’s home.  The boy, Simon, asks that many things they do, they do one more time.  The underlying message of the story is that it is less stressful to leave something if you know it will/can occur again and that repetition can be comforting.

 

Coy, John (2003) Two Old Potatoes and Me  A.Knopf

This story describes a regrowth/rebirth/renewal. It is a story of a child and parent who find two old potatoes and replant them. It serves as metaphor for taking something old and making something new, and that with time and nurturing, bonds can form and grow. The illustrations are fun, and the last page has a recipe for preparing mashed potatoes.


 

 

 

Krementz, Jill (1988) How it Feels When Parents Divorce Random House.

The author narrates the stories of children whose families have gone through divorce.  What makes this book especially moving are the photographs, which reveal the many emotions involved in divorce.

 

Masurel, Claire  (2001) Two Homes. Candlewick Press.  This story is about Alex, a little boy who describes his two homes: each home with a bedroom and bathroom for him, friends who visit him at each place, cooking with mom and dad, etc.  Alex is comforted in knowing that he loves each parent and that each parent loves him, no matter where they are and no matter where he is. The illustrations are bright and cheerful and the characters have pleasant expressions.

 

Ranson, Jeanie Franz (2001)  I Don’t Want to Talk About It  Magination Press.  This is a story about a young girl whose parents have told her they are getting a divorce.  The story employs metaphor using animals to illustrate the range of feelings the girl is experiencing.  There is also a section for parents that gives suggestions for ways to work with their child’s reactions to divorce.

 

Spelman, Claude Maude  (1998) Mama and Daddy Bear’s Divorce.  A. Whitman Publishers.  This book is written by a licensed clinical social worker. There is an   introduction for adults that includes suggestions on how to explain divorce in simple terms, and reminding the parent that children like consistency – “they are comforted by sameness”.  The story is about a family of bears who is going through divorce. The story provides reassurance and illustrates that routines can remain the same although living arrangements may change. This is easy reading and nicely illustrated.

 

 

Thomas, Pat  (1999)  My Family’s Changing:  A First Look at Family Break-up   Barron’s.  Written by a psychotherapist and counselor, this informative book takes the reader from the idea of divorce, through the feelings that may be experienced, to questions children may have concerning divorce. Throughout, there are boxes with questions that parents and children can discuss that relate to the topic being addressed in the book.  The book provides reassurance and may be a good place to start when families begin discussing divorce.

 

Vigna, Judith. (1997) I Live with Daddy A. Whitman Publishers.

This is a story about a little girl who lives with her father after her parents’ divorce.  This story is a little different in that there is a role-reversal of the traditional mother-father parenting role.  The father tends to his daughter’s everyday needs.  The daughter idolizes her busy, corporate exec type mom, but loves her father, too.

 

 

Winchester, Kent (1998) Magic Words Handbook for Kids

This is a book that helps children find words to identify their feelings, and ways to work through their fears and anxieties.  It is also a resource book for parents that provides suggestions for how to care for children during divorce.  This is a practical, upbeat book.

 

 

Middle Childhood /Adolescence

 

Bode, Janet & Mack, Stan (2001) For Better, For Worse:  A Guide to Surviving Divorce for Preteens and their Families

Bode writes children’s books and Mack has created weekly cartoon columns and written children’s books.  This book gives tips to children and parents on how to survive divorce.  The book is divided into two sections:  one for children and one for parents.  Under ‘Kid Problem, Kid Solutions’, the authors narrate children’s stories and the reader is given several options to consider about how he/she may respond to the situation.  A wide variety of topics are addressed in the individual stories the children tell – from dealing with step-parents to domestic violence to parents bad-mouthing each other. At the end of each chapter, there is a section for ‘What the therapists say’. There is also a section on ‘intact families’ that gives a glimpse into the lives of ‘perfect families’ only to show that they are not so perfect.  Children of intact families share their feelings on divorce – some don’t understand it, others say they wish their parents would divorce, some give observations of others they know who come from divorced families.  This section may help kids who have the notion that there is a ‘perfect family’, and who are discouraged because they don’t have it.

 

 

Bolick, Nancy O’Keefe (1994) How to Survive Your Parents’ Divorce

This book is written by an instructor who is also a freelance writer.  The author interviewed about 2 dozen junior and senior high school kids and selected 11 between the ages of 14 and 19 to tell their stories.  The stories include issues of anger, step-parents, finances, and being caught in the middle of parent battles. The children share their experiences and how they handled their parent’s divorce.

 

 

Kimball, Gayle (1994) How to Survive Your Parents’ Divorce:  Kids’ Advice to Kids  The author is a professor of women’s studies and sociology.  She conducted surveys of 268 young people asking about their parents’ divorce and how they coped.  The book is full of ideas and suggestions for other young people and parents.  One reviewer called this book “a support group in print”.

 

 MacGregor, Cynthia. (2004) The Divorce Helpbook for Kids  Impact Publishers.  The author is a divorced mother who has written nearly 50 books for parents and children.  This self-help book provides scenarios, strategies and techniques, as well as suggestions for teenagers whose parents are divorcing.  It offers help with issues such as feeling depressed and how to say ‘no’ to parents who want to pass messages to the other parent through the child.  The authors dicsuss questions that teenagers have concerning what they can expect next in the divorce process and to whom to turn for support.

 

 

Stern, Ellen Sue. (1997).  Divorce is Not the End of the World.

This self-help book is written by a divorced mother with the help of her daughter and son, Zoe and Evan, age 8 and 6 respectively, when the divorce occurred.  The book begins by explaining the reason for the divorce and evolves into finding the good that can come from parents divorce.  The author discusses feelings children have about divorce and questions they raise, as well as different stages they may go through (bargaining:  if I do this, they’ll get back together).  At the end of each chapter, the author summarizes the chapter, the children give quick tips, and questions are provided for the reader to consider.

 

 

Wagner, Heather Lehr (2002)  Understanding and Coping with Divorce Chelsea House.  The author of this book is a writer and editor, and the editor is a psychologist. The book introduces adolescents to the divorce process.  The author normalizes feelings young people may experience as they go through their parents divorce, defines terms, and asks reflective questions that appear in large boxes throughout each chapter.  The book emphasizes strategies, and problem-solving and coping skills young people can use. At the end of the book there is a glossary, a list of recommended reading and websites, and an index.


 

 

Winchester, Kent, Beyer, Roberta, Verdick, Elizabeth. (2001) What in the World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce?  A Survival Guide for Kids (Laugh and Learn).         This book is written by a divorced father of two children (Winchester), a family law attorney (Beyer), and a columnist and author (Verdick). The authors explain the basic elements and the many emotions that surround divorce, with the underlying message that divorce is not the child’s fault and that families can survive changes.

 

 

Mayle, P. (1979) Divorce Can Happen to the Nicest People Macmillan Publishing.  Mayle’s book offers a simple explanation for why a divorce might happen, and stresses that it’s not the child’s fault or responsibility.  An excellent book!

 

Blume, J. (2001) It’s Not The End Of The World  Atheneum Books for Children  Blume is one of the most popular authors for kids from age 11 or so and up.  Her sympathetic but realistic writing style makes her books not only easy to follow, but very absorbing to the reader.  This is another book that should be available in paperback in any large bookstore.

 

     Willey, Margaret (1993)  The Melinda Zone Bantam Publishers

From Publishers Weekly:
Shuttling back and forth between her divorced parents all her life has left 15-year-old Melinda in an emotional no-man's-land, lacking a sense of identity. For the first time, she spends a summer away from both of them at her cousin's, and by taking time to be alone she forges a new independence and a stronger sense of self in the place she calls the "Melinda Zone." In forthright conversations about the emotional grip of divorce on children, this coming-of-age story provides a sensible and undramatic foothold in that tug-of-war. Though a relatively narrow slice of life is under scrutiny, it is generously explored, and a rather uneventful plot is spiced up by a satisfying teen romance. Ages 10-up 

 

Lyoke, N.  (1999) American Girl Library: A Girl’s Guide to Divorce and Stepfamilies. Pleasant Company Publications.  Good for girls 8-12, this book outlines various scenarios common to divorces, and suggests effective ways of handling them.  Subjects include areas such as “Do you parents put you in the middle?” and “Missing Dad—and Mom” and “How Big Are Your Fantasies?”

 

Wilson, Jacqueline (1997)  The Suitcase Kid Delacourt Press.

Although there are many children's books about divorce, few move beyond bland therapeutic preaching into the realm of well-told stories. This one does. A hard look at joint-custody life, The Suitcase Kid follows Andrea West and her tiny stuffed rabbit, Radish, through the painful adjustment of being a kid with divorced parents. She must leave the home she loves with the mulberry tree in the front yard, and deal with parents who still fight, step parents, step siblings, two different bedrooms (neither of which is really hers), loneliness, and an acute longing for the past. Her grades sink. Her friends drift away. And she's not quite sure how to fix any of it.

 

Wisely, Wilson doesn't offer instant solutions; rather, she chronicles Andy's journey to the beginning of equilibrium in her new life. Things will never be the way they were, but, as the book suggests, they'll get better over time. And because it's well written and honest, The Suitcase Kid will appeal to any child who enjoys realistic fiction, not just those who "need" to read a book about divorce. (The publisher recommends the The Suitcase Kid for ages 8-12, but it could easily serve kids who are a couple of years younger or older.) {As quoted on www.amazon.com]

 

Danzinger, Paula   (1994)  Amber Brown Is Green With Envy  Scholastic Books This is another in a series with this heroine, who is a young adolescent girl.  Written in the entertaining style that have made this author very popular with girls in this age group, Danzinger’s book is sure to be enjoyed by the young reader.