Suzanne LaFleur received her MFA in writing for children from The New School. This is her first novel. Originally from Massachusetts, she now lives in New York City, where she teaches in a public school for gifted children.
Gr 5-7-Aubrey, 11, has been left alone in her house by her grieving mother and is running out of food in Suzanne LaFleur's debut novel (Wendy Lamb Books, 2009). Trying not to draw attention to herself, she walks to the grocery store and buys some staples. Aubrey's father and sister were killed in an accident, and her mom was so devastated and depressed that she left home to escape the memories. When the young girl's grandmother arrives and sees the situation, she takes Aubrey home with her to Vermont and tries to create a stable life for her granddaughter. Aubrey is dealing with two deaths and abandonment, and she slowly begins to deal with her memories and her grief with the help of her grandmother and a new best friend. When her mother is found, Aubrey must decide if she can forgive her. Becca Battoe beautifully narrates this sensitive story of love, loss, and forgiveness, allowing listeners to experience a depth beyond what the written word can provide. As Aubrey comes face to face with the tough changes in her life, Battoe's voicing sounds firmer and more decisive. A compelling listen.-Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Starred Review, Booklist, August 1, 2009: "LeFleur proves she is an author to watch in this debut novel."