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Children's Fiction Death & Dying

Planet Grief

by (author) Monique Polak

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2018
Death & Dying, Friendship, Emotions & Feelings
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2018
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2018
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


What a crappy way to spend a weekend. The always-sarcastic Abby would rather be playing soccer, and the cagily quiet Christopher thinks a grief retreat is a waste of time. Neither of them wants to spend two days talking about their feelings. But despite their best efforts to stay aloof, Abby and Christopher are drawn into the lives of the other kids at the retreat. Maybe their stories will make them rethink how they are dealing with their own losses.

About the author

MONIQUE POLAK is a regular contributor to The Montreal Gazette and has been published in many other major publications such as the Globe and Mail, The National Post, and Newsday. She is also the author of the Sports Stories novel Flip Turn, a Canadian Children's Centre Our Choice selection, and the SideStreets novels All In and On the Game, which was also an Our Choice selection. She lives in Montreal with her husband and daughter, where she teaches writing and English Literature.

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  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award

Editorial Reviews

"Good bibliotherapy…Middle school students will enjoy and benefit from this book. The writing is engaging, the topic is important, and the message is well-delivered."

School Library Connection

&quotA compelling narrative…might prove useful to someone struggling to deal with a death.&quot

Kirkus Reviews

&quotThe characters are realistic and relatable…A good general addition to large library collections.&quot

School Library Journal

&quotThe story is engagingly told from the changing perspective of two narrators. It makes for an intimate and sometimes moving view.&quot

January Magazine

"Offers a helpful model to readers struggling with loss and healing in their own lives, particularly the messages that they are not alone and there are many ways to grieve. This is a good choice for readers in need of a quick-moving but informative novel, and, perhaps, a little reassurance."


"Dramas keep the plot of Planet Grief rolling along…Never one to skirt difficult issues, Monique Polak has given us a book that speaks to the people around us of any age who are struggling with the loss of a loved one."

Montreal Review of Books

&quotIt allows the reader to understand that going through the grieving process may be as individual as the person…The story is compelling and one is drawn into the emotions experienced by the kids and their parents who have suffered the death of a parent or sibling.&quot

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