Grounded (Hardcover)

By Kate Klise

Feiwel & Friends, 9780312570392, 196pp.

Publication Date: November 9, 2010

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
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Description

A middle grade novel about a 12-year-old girl dealing with loss, who uncovers a rather grisly scam involving a crematorium.

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 in Grounded by Kate Klise, 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

KATE KLISE is the author of the 43 Old Cemetery Road series (Dying to Meet You and Over My Dead Body) of epistolary novels, illustrated by her sister, M. Sarah Klise, as well as the picture book Shall I Knit You a Hat? (Holt). Her standalone fiction includes Deliver Us from Normal, which School Library Journal praised as "a superb psychological novel." She lives in Norwood, Missouri.


Praise For Grounded

"This improbably lighthearted mystery, told from Daralynn's entertainingly candid perspective, deals with death and its aftermath in a straightforward style that puts the ‘fun back in funeral.’” --Horn Book Magazine

 

“In the sentimental end, this salty-sweet, nut-sprinkled novel underscores the “grounding” that comes with caring for people, whether it’s flashy-trashy Aunt Josie and her boardinghouse gentlemen, senile Mamaw poignantly nurturing her dolls or, most powerfully of all, Daralynn and her mother finding their way back to each other.” --Publishers Weekly

 

“In the sentimental end, this salty-sweet, nut-sprinkled novel underscores the “grounding” that comes with caring for people, whether it’s flashy-trashy Aunt Josie and her boardinghouse gentlemen, senile Mamaw poignantly nurturing her dolls or, most powerfully of all, Daralynn and her mother finding their way back to each other.” --Kirkus Reviews

 

“This quiet story illuminates and celebrates the human need for connection beyond the grave.” --Booklist

 

“While her subject matter is serious, author Kate Klise brings humor and warmth to this heartfelt story of healing and hope.” --BookPage

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