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Michael Rosen's Sad Book

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And it is also Cassie’s story—Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, even as she learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect. Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J. Ally wrote: "Canary wrote: Odd, I had added it along with 7 other depressing books but then deleted it as I was only supposed to chose one.

Under Robbins’s tutelage, Henry becomes proprietor of his own plantation—as well as of his own slaves. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life—someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.One of our favorites, Applegate certainly tugs on our heartstrings with her story of a captured gorilla, Ivan, told from his perspective.

Their relationship, while rocky at first, eventually grows into something more fulfilling than either expected, making the book’s inevitable end even more upsetting. Cat is quickly drawn into Marlena’s orbit and as she catalogues a litany of firsts—first drink, first cigarette, first kiss, first pill—Marlena’s habits harden and calcify. Just before his release from service inthe Israeli army, Ora’s son Ofer is sent back to the front for a major offensive.

One of the most gut-wrenching stories, Push doesn’t just join the ranks of other sad books, it pushes the boundaries of them. In New Moon Bella suffers a major depressive episode so bad that her father thinks about putting her in the hospital.

The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Navigating between the Indian traditions they’ve inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri’s elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations. Somehow, in her mind, she has become Chana, a Jewish girl fighting for her own life in the ghettos and concentration camps of World War II.Susie’s spirit ascends to her own personal heaven, where she watches the aftermath of her murder, including what it does to her parents. This 2003 novel about a wealthy merchant and his servant is set against the backdrop of the final days of the Afghan monarchy—and will make you seriously cry as you watch an unlikely relationship torn asunder.

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