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FICTION: Tearjerkers: Books to Make You Cry

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Abadzis, Nick.


Laika was the abandoned puppy destined to become Earths first space traveler in the Soviets Sputnik program. Abadzis masterfully blends fiction and fact in the intertwined stories of three compelling lives, giving life to a pivotal moment in modern history.

Chopsticks : [a novel]

Anthony, Jessica, 1974-


In a love story told in photographs and drawings, Glory, a brilliant piano prodigy, is drawn to Frank, an artistic new boy, and the farther she falls, the deeper she spirals into madness until the only song she is able to play is "Chopsticks."

Hanging on to Max

Bechard, Margaret.


When his girlfriend decides to give their baby away, seventeen-year-old Sam is determined to keep him and raise him alone.

Whale Talk

Crutcher, Chris.


The Cutter All Night Mermen, a group of seven misfits who are members of a makeshift swim team, come together to challenge their high school's sports culture and fight for dignity in a world where a moment's inattention can bring lifelong heartache.

Before I Die

Downham, Jenny.


Tessa has just months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, drugs with excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It's her To Do Before I Die list. And guess what number one is?. Released from the constraints of "normal" life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up. Tessa's feelings, her relationships with her father and brother, her estranged mother, her best friend, and her new boyfriend, all are painfully crystallised in the precious weeks before Tessa's time finally runs out.

If I stay : a novel

Forman, Gayle.


While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

Looking for Alaska

Green, John


In a stunning debut novel, Miles "Pudge" Halter befriends some fellow boarding school students whose lives are everything but boring. Pudge falls in love with Alaska, the razor-sharp and self-destructive nucleus. But when tragedy strikes, Pudge discovers the value of loving unconditionally.

The fault in our stars

Green, John, 1977-


Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

The Lottery Rose

Hunt, Irene.


A young victim of child abuse gradually overcomes his fears and suspicions when placed in a home with other boys.

I kill giants

Kelly, Joe.


Barbara is an angry elementary-school girl who is known as a freak and claims to be a killer of giants. She faces bullies and storms with no fear, but cannot face what she hides from at home.

Flowers for Algernon

Keyes, Daniel.


A mentally disabled man is given the chance to try an operation that made a test-subject mouse named Algernon very smart. He doesn't notice any changes at first, but gradually he becomes a genius. And then Algernon's operation starts to wear off... This heartbreaking story told in diary form is one you will not soon forget.

Hold still

LaCour, Nina.


Ingrid didn't leave a note. Three months after her best friend's suicide, Caitlin finds what she left instead: a journal, hidden under Caitlin's bed.

Atonement : a novel

McEwan, Ian.


I'll give you the sun

Nelson, Jandy, author.


"A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah"--

The sky is everywhere

Nelson, Jandy.


In the months after her sister dies, seventeen-year-old Lennie falls into a love triangle and discovers the strength to follow her dream of becoming a musician.

A monster calls : a novel

Ness, Patrick, 1971-


Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.

Freak the Mighty

Philbrick, W. R.


At the beginning of eighth grade, learning disabled Max and his new friend Freak, whose birth defect has affected his body but not his brilliant mind, find that when they combine forces they make a powerful team. An established writer of adult suspense makes a stunning entry into children's literature with this extraordinary novel about two boys--a slow learner too large for his age, and a tiny, crippled genius--who pair up to create on formidable human force.

You are not here

Schutz, Samantha.


Annaleah's grief over the tragic death of seventeen-year-old Brian is compounded by the fact that her friends did not like him, while his friends and both of their families knew nothing of their intimate relationship.

Between shades of gray

Sepetys, Ruta.


In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family, includes a historical note.

A walk to remember

Sparks, Nicholas.


There was a time when the world was sweeter . . . when the women in Beaufort, North Carolina, wore dresses, and the men donned hats. . . when something happened to a seventeen year-old boy that would change his life forever.


Spinelli, Jerry.


Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of " Stargirl, Stargirl." She captures Leo Borlock's heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first. Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal.

Stuck in Neutral

Trueman, Terry.


Shawn McDaniel is a mind trapped in his own body by cerebral palsy. He loves life, the sounds, tastes and feel of it, even if he can not communicate this to anyone else. But his father believes that Shawn is miserable...and Shawn is worried his father might be thinking of killing him to set him free...

Code name Verity

Wein, Elizabeth.


In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

If you come softly and behind you

Woodson, Jacqueline.


If you come softly: After meeting at their private school in New York, fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and whose parents are separated, and Ellie, who is white and whose mother has twice abandoned her, fall in love and then try to cope with people's reactions.

The book thief

Zusak, Markus.


Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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