In Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur, 11-year-old Aubrey thinks she can live on her own. She pretends everything is fine and survives on Cheerios, Spaghetti-Os, crackers, and cheese and even buys a pet fish to keep her company! In time, her grandmother learns that she is living alone and takes Aubrey back with her to Vermont for some healing, love, and structured family life. While learning how to heal, Aubrey makes a best friend and receives some good advice.
Will she find her mother? Will her physical and mental pain ever subside? Can she overcome the terrible tragedy that has turned her life upside down? This 4-tissue book is heartfelt and beautifully written! Recommended for grades 4-6.
Book reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison