Grounded

By Kate Klise
(Feiwel & Friends, Hardcover, 9780312570392, 196pp.)

Publication Date: November 9, 2010

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Winter 2011 Kids' Next List
“Like most children, Daralynn's expression of loss reflects the response of the adults in her life to the same loss. But Daralynn's experience of grief is also unique and her own. This wonderful book explores the experience of loss and the often bewildering behavior of the adults left behind, and how it affects the children around them. A must-read for adults as well as children!”
-- Jane Jacobs, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA


Description

After her brother, sister, and father die in a plane crash, Daralynn Oakland receives 237 dolls from well-wishers, resulting in her nickname: Dolly. But dolls are little comfort to a twelve-year-old girl whose world is rocked by the dramatic changes in her life, including her angry, grieving mother's new job as a hairstylist at the local funeral home.

Dolly gets a job, too, where she accidentally invents a fashionable new haircut. But her real work begins when a crematorium comes to town, and someone has to save a dying business, solve a burning mystery, and resuscitate the broken hearts in Digginsville, Missouri, population 402.




About the Author
Author Kate Klise and illustrator M. Sarah Klise are sisters and collaborators. They started making books together many years ago in their bedroom in Peoria, Illinois. Kate wrote the words; Sarah drew the pictures. Their first book was about an adventure-loving little mouse that traveled around the country. That story was never published. (In fact, it ended up in the garbage can!) But the Klise sisters had so much fun making their first book, they kept writing and drawing. And now they've published more than twenty award-winning books for young readers, including "Regarding the Fountain" and "Dying to Meet You." The Klise sisters no longer share a bedroom. Kate lives in Missouri and travels often to visit schools and libraries. Sarah lives in California. But the two sisters still enjoy working together, especially on their new series about a pair of circus mice. (By the way, Klise rhymes with mice.)
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