Evie Walman is not obsessed with death.
She does think about it a lot, though, but only because her family runs a Jewish funeral home. At twelve, Evie already knows she’s going to be a funeral director when she grows up. So what if the kids at school call her “corpse girl” and say she smells like death? They’re just mean and don’t get how important it is to have someone take care of things when your world is falling apart.
Evie loves dusting caskets, polishing pews, and vacuuming the chapel—and on funeral days, she dresses up and hands out tissues and offers her condolences to mourners. She doesn’t normally help her parents with the grieving families directly, until one day when they ask her to help with Oren, a boy who was in a horrific car accident that killed both his parents. Oren refuses to speak and Evie, who is nursing her own private grief, is determined to find a way to help him deal with his loss.
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Today, we’re celebrating a Kirkus starred review for Sorry For Your Loss by Joanne Levy, a middle-grave novel out October 12!
★ “A heartfelt and expertly written tale of loss, family, and friendship that will have readers blinking back their tears…Beautiful and sincere.”—Kirkus Reviews
The full review will be published in the September 15, 2021 edition of Kirkus Reviews.
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More advanced praise for Sorry For Your Loss:
“Joanne Levy is a Canadian gem whose writing makes you laugh one moment and cry the next.”—Susin Nielsen, author of Tremendous Things and We Are All Made of Molecules
“What comes after the hardest thing in the world? Joanne Levy answers this question the way a ten-year-old needs it to be answered. Sorry For Your Loss is funny, moving, deeply-researched, deeply felt and, above all, hopeful. Deceptively simple and simply marvelous.”—Adam Gidwitz, author of the Newbery Honoree The Inquisitor’s Tale
“Joanne Levy writes of death, grief, and friendship through the eyes of the delightful Evie Walman as she negotiates both the rather small and very big stuff in her life. A heartfelt glimpse into Jewish family and mourning rituals written with empathy and, of course, humor.”—Lisa Brown, bestselling author/illustrator of The Phantom Twin and The Airport Book