This listing is for 9 hard cover copies of Getting Near to Baby by Audrey Coulombis (a 2000 Newbery Honor Book). It is listed as a 6.1 grade level equivalent reading level on Scholastic. I bought these for literature circles in my classroom, and they were never used before I left the classroom. Books MAY have a label inside front cover that says, “This book belongs to Ms. Erin J Thomas”. Books MAY have a library pocket in back cover with library card that includes title and author of book (for student check-outs).
From School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Audrey Couloumbis' first children's novel (Putnam, 1999) is an exquisitely-crafted story of loss, family love, and new beginnings, with a generous dollop of down-home humor. While their mother is trying to cope with the death of their baby sister, 13-year-old Willa Jo and eight-year-old Little Sister are spending a few weeks with Aunt Patty and Uncle Hob. Everyone is trying to be cooperative and supportive, but Aunt Patty and Willa Jo are often at odds over matters such the girls' playmates and how to deal with Little Sister's grief-induced silence. Everything comes to a head when the girls climb onto the roof to watch the sunrise and remain there throughout the day. Uncle Hob's understanding, Aunt Patty's genuine concern, and Willa Jo's reflections on her feelings turn a potential crisis into a growth experience for all of them. Mischa Barton's soft Carolina cadence conveys the emotional and the ironic moments of the book with grace and power. Sound quality is good, and the cassettes and case are well marked. This is an exceptional recording of an exceptional book that offers meaningful insights on some universal truths about grief and healing.
Ages 10 and up