Post­hu­mous

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Paul Aertker, Fly­ing Solo Press (JUNE) Soft­cover $9.95 (200pp), 978-1-940137-99-5

Beau­ti­ful and emo­tional, Post­hu­mous is about El­lie, a twelve-year-old girl try­ing to deal with her mother’s death.

Life in Paris is pretty great for El­lie and her par­ents. El­lie’s father, Calvert, works for the man who would have been the king of France. El­lie’s mother, Etta, writes travel sto­ries for chil­dren, though she has never been pub­lished. Then one day Etta com­plains of bad back pain, and life changes very quickly.

In the first half of the story El­lie de­scribes the process of her mother dy­ing; how Etta tried to stay pos­i­tive, and of the friends and neigh­bors who ral­lied around her fam­ily. Tears are guar­an­teed as the story tracks the fam­ily’s enor­mous grief.

Af­ter Etta passes, El­lie and her father move back to the U.S. El­lie wants to get her mother’s manuscripts pub­lished. She en­lists the help of new friends in this en­deavor, as well as in mak­ing a new home.

The novel is both sad and lovely. El­lie’s re­ac­tions to the loss of her mother are au­then­tic, as are her ex­pressed feel­ings of pow­er­less­ness. Her brav­ery and tenac­ity when it comes to Etta’s manuscripts serve as a pow­er­ful trib­ute to a daugh­ter’s love. Chil­dren who have lost a par­ent will re­late to El­lie and find comfort in shar­ing her story, but em­pa­thy is en­sured for all.

Post­hu­mous is about love and hope and find­ing joy, even through in­cred­i­ble loss. It is a deeply mov­ing story that belongs on any ju­ve­nile book­shelf.

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