Lolo's Light

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Pub Date 04 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 04 Oct 2022

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This poignant and profound coming-of-age story portrays a tragic experience of responsibility and its poisonous flip side: guilt. Emotional, powerful, and important, this is an honest and empathetic portrait of a girl at her most vulnerable—a mess of grief, love, and ultimately, acceptance—who must reckon with those most difficult of demons: death . . . and life.


This poignant and profound coming-of-age story portrays a tragic experience of responsibility and its poisonous flip side: guilt. Emotional, powerful, and important, this is an honest and empathetic...


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ISBN 9781797212944
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I received this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

As someone who feels easily guilted, this synopsis caught my eye. A great read for self introspection! I wish other books had honest confrontations like this.

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"Lolo's Light" tackles a topic that is difficult for most people to grapple with, death. Scanlon crafts a heartbreaking, poignant story of a young girl sorting through her emotions after the tragic, sudden death of an infant she was babysitting. Millie was a happy-go-lucky kid taking improv classes and cracking jokes and she is suddenly faced with stunning grief.

The book honestly demonstrates how loss affects each person differently and how individuals vary in how long it takes to process and come to terms with it. I would recommend it to grades 5 and up.

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This is a tough topic to put in a middle-level book, but I think the author does a nice job of writing where this age is going to be. SIDS and self blame will be understood by many that babysit at this age - that fear that someone else's child is in your hands. The walk through overcoming her grief was done so well in first person - helping someone outside of the situation to understand not only what it looked like from her friends' and family's point of view, but from her own. This was a hard topic and I think the balance of keeping a serious tone while also keeping it readable to this age group was well done. I will keep this on my shelf for kiddos are handling grief this big.

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Touching book about guilt, responsibility, resilience, and hope as Millie copes with consuming grief when the baby she had been babysitting for dies. As time passes, Millie doesn’t feel like any of what’s happened is real. When she realizes she’s been sad, she knows there’s hope and that it’s okay to be sad, that it’s part of growing up. Her teacher had said even when “you’re doing you’re best you’re not in control of what happens in the end.”

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I honestly cried a lot while reading this book. Young kids who have dealt with tough topics like death in their own lives will relate heavily to this book. The author really did an incredible job of exploring these sensitive themes and making them age appropriate. I would lend this book to students in upper middle grades and lower high school grades with care.

The main character Millie grapples with the loss of the infant she was babysitting. SIDS can be hard to understand and Millie places a lot of blame on herself. This story shows her journey with understanding death and overcoming her grief. Finding the way back to yourself is not easy!

Thank you NetGalley for the ARC of this book!

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