Books on Separation and Divorce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two of Everything

Author Babette Cole
Illustrator Babette Cole
Reading age 6+
Interest level 5-8

Review This quirky picture book follows the misfortunes of Demetrius and Paula Oglebutt who have problem parents.

The two children decide to take action and have the inspirational idea of organising an ‘un-wedding'.

An extremely original, effective and comical approach to the difficult subject of divorce.

Publisher Red Fox
Published 2000
Price £5.99
ISBN 9780099220626

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Dinosaurs Divorce

Authors Laurene Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
Illustrators Marc Brown and Laurene Krasny Brown
Reading age 4+
Interest level 4+

Review This is not a story, but a book of practical information explaining why parents divorce, what children might feel about it and what might happen afterwards.

Illustrated with dinosaur characters, it has lots of reassuring, non-judgmental advice for children whose parents are splitting up and who may have to adapt to new family arrangements.

Publisher Little, Brown
Published 1993
Price £5.99
ISBN 9780316109963

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Amazing Grace

Author Mary Hoffman
Illustrator Caroline Binch
Reading age 7+
Interest level 5-8

Review This best-selling book has a great message for all children - you can be whatever you want, if you try. Grace is desperate to play Peter Pan in the school play, but she's told she can't because she's a girl, and because she's black. Fortunately, although her father is absent, Grace has a supportive mum and a wise Nana, who encourage her to go for her goals after all.

The astonishing illustrations complement an appealing and inspiring story. This book is also available in a number of dual-language editions: English-Urdu, English-Punjabi, English-Gujarati and English-Bengali.

Publisher Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Published 2007
Price £6.99
ISBN 9781845077495

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Grace and Family

Author Mary Hoffman
Illustrator Caroline Binch
Reading age 8+
Interest level 5+

Review In this sequel to ‘Amazing Grace', Grace is invited by her father to visit him in Africa.

Grace's journey to The Gambia, and her attempts to come to terms with a newfound relationship with her father, a different culture and a large extended family, are sensitively and realistically portrayed.

Once again, the story is illustrated with stunning paintings by Caroline Binch.

Publisher Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Published 2007
Price £6.99
ISBN 9781845078065

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The Suitcase Kid

Author Jacqueline Wilson
Illustrator Nick Sharratt
Reading age 8+
Interest level 7-12

Review Distraught at her parents' divorce, Andy cannot decide who she wants to live with. She spends one week at Mum's house, the next at Dad's, but never really feels that she belongs anywhere.

This difficult situation, which is worsened by animosity between Andy and her new stepfamilies, has no simple solution.

Approached with humour and understanding, this is a very readable tale of confusion, guilt and ultimately optimism, with which many children (and adults) will identify.

Publisher Corgi Yearling
Published 2006
Price £5.99
ISBN 9780440867739

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