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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles

Each Little Bird that Sings
ISBN: 0439881765
Publisher's Synopsis:
Ten-year-old Comfort Snowberger has attended 247 funerals. But that's not surprising, considering that her family runs the town funeral home. And even though Great-uncle Edisto keeled over with a heart attack and Great-great-aunt Florentine dropped dead--just like that--six months later, Comfort knows how to deal with loss, or so she thinks. She's more concerned with avoiding her crazy cousin Peach and trying to figure out why her best friend, Declaration, suddenly won't talk to her. Life is full of surprises. And the biggest one of all is learning what it takes to handle them.

"I come from a family with a lot of dead people."

MrsK's Review:
Comfort doesn't have a typical home life. Her family lives in a home above the funeral parlor. For generations her family has taken care so many of the locals in Snapfinger, Mississippi. Each family member has their own truly unique position, Comfort is known for her gifted word choice and her optimistic outlook, that is why she became the one who writes the obituaries for the local paper. At 10, it is rather an important position.

Declaration has been Comfort's best friend forever until school begins and then somethings just aren't as cool as it once was. With such tension between friends, the girls are no longer spending time together, that is until Aunt Florentine's death.

When the rains had swollen Snapfinger Creek, Comfort, Dismay, and her cousin Peach were heading to Listening Rock. That's when life took the most unexpected turn. Comfort will learn courage during the "messy glory" of life.

Crafted with delightful characters, insightful "life" sayings, and a heart-filling journey, this book is an example of life, friendship, and death. It would be a great book study companion to Tuck Everlasting and Bridge to Terabithia.
"When someone you know dies, it's your job to keep on living."
Amazing experience for every student in 3rd-5th grades!
Every school librarian will gladly add this to their shelves...

Meet the Author:
Deborah WIles. high-res photo credit: Sonya Sones  Deborah Wiles was born in Alabama and spent her summers in a small Mississippi town with an extended family full of characters. She writes about them and they live on in her stories.

She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College and taught at Towson University in Maryland, Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at Vermont College.

Deborah has written three novels about growing up in the south. They are known as the Aurora County Trilogy: Love, Ruby Lavender, Each Little Bird That Sings, The Aurora County All-Stars.

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