A review by yapha
AfterMath by Emily Barth Isler

emotional reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


Everything about this book is just so, so sad. If you have students looking for sad books, try this one.

Lucy and her parents moved to a new town after the death of her younger congenital heart defect. The town they moved to had a school shooting a few years back, and many of the third graders at the time were killed or injured. They are all in middle school now, and this is the class that Lucy joins. She is the first new student in their grade since the shooting. Lucy, her parents, and her classmates are all processing their grief in many different ways, some of which work better than others. A very powerful book. Recommended for grades 5 & up.