(1) Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett -- A young mother dies and leaves behind her husband and two daughters. We see the story through the younger daughter's eyes; she is age ten when the story opens. The family struggles with their collective and individual grief, trying to get a handle on their new normal. The young girl carries the reader along as she works through her questions and struggles. These are obstacles that every family faces. The story is poignant, endearing, and very true-to-life. You won't be sorry you picked up this book.
(2) Cody and the Fountain of Happiness by Tricia Springstubb -- This is a book for the 7-10 year-old age group. I bought it to give away, and then decided it was good enough for me to read, too. Cody is a spirited young girl, curious and a lover of all animals, especially... ants. She says the most darling things and made me laugh. I even read bits out loud to my husband. There are other books in the Cody series. If I were a kid in that age group I would be gobbling up these endearing books.