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The Survival Kit

Donna Freitas

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

When Rose’s mom dies, she leaves behind a brown paper bag labeled Rose’s Survival Kit. Inside the bag, Rose finds an iPod, with a to-be-determined playlist; a picture of peonies, for growing; a crystal heart, for loving; a paper star, for making a wish; and a  paper kite, for letting go.

As Rose ponders the meaning of each item, she finds herself returning again and again to an unexpected source of comfort. Will is her family’s gardener, the school hockey star, and the only person who really understands what she’s going through. Can loss lead to love?

 

When Rose’s mom dies, she leaves behind a brown paper bag labeled Rose’s Survival Kit. Inside the bag, Rose finds an iPod, with a to-be-determined playlist; a picture of peonies, for growing; a crystal heart, for loving; a paper star, for making a wish; and a  paper kite, for letting go.

As Rose ponders the meaning of each item, she finds herself returning again and again to an unexpected source of comfort. Will is her family’s gardener, the school hockey star, and the only person who really understands what she’s going through. Can loss lead to love?

 

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SURVIVAL KIT
JUNEThe Dress Made of Night1CAN'T GO BACK NOWI found it on the day of my mother's funeral, tucked in a place she knew I would look. There it was, hanging with her favorite dress, the one I'd always wanted to wear."Someday when you are old enough," she used to say.Is sixteen old enough?After the last mourners left the house, Dad, my brother, Jim, and I began arguing about Mom's stuff--What were we going to do with it? Who got what? Dad wanted to get rid of everything and I wanted it kept exactly as she left it. After the yelling and the sad, alternating silences became too much,
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REVIEWS

Praise for The Survival Kit

“…a heartfelt…story of loss and love.” --School Library Journal
 
“A worthy addition for a teen coping with her own loss or struggling to help friends or family cope with theirs.” --VOYA
 
“Love and death are always a potent mix, and in the hands of a talented writer like Freitas, this is especially so.” --Booklist

"As fragile and lovely as a rose."--Jenny Han, author of We'll Always Have Summer

"Fans of Sarah Dessen will fall for this deeply moving tale of family, loss, and falling in love."—Melissa Walker, author of Violet on the Runway

"This book was so gorgeous. I loved Rose, I swooned over Will. This is an amazing story about love, loss, and the healing power of music.I adored it!" Morgan Matson, author of Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

“Those who have lost a loved one will recognize a part of themselves in Rose and appreciate her quest to find the inner strength to reconfigure the shattered pieces of her life.” --Publishers Weekly
 
"Rose’s cathartic interactions with her survival kit provide a creative way to show that mother always does know best.” --Kirkus Reviews
 
Advance praise for The Survival Kit

"Fans of Sarah Dessen will fall for this deeply moving tale of family, loss, and falling in love."—Melissa Walker, author of Violet on the Runway

"This book was so gorgeous. I loved Rose, I swooned over Will. This is an amazing story about love, loss, and the healing power of music.I adored it!" Morgan Matson, author of Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

“…a heartfelt…story of loss and love.” --School Library Journal
 
“A worthy addition for a teen coping with her own loss or struggling to help friends or family cope with theirs.” --VOYA
 
“Love and death are always a potent mix, and in the hands of a talented writer like Freitas, this is especially so.” --Booklist

"As fragile and lovely as a rose."--Jenny Han, author of We'll Always Have Summer

"Fans of Sarah Dessen will fall for this deeply moving tale of family, loss, and falling in love."—Melissa Walker, author of Violet on the Runway

"This book was so gorgeous. I loved Rose, I swooned over Will. This is an amazing story about love, loss, and the healing power of music.I adored it!" Morgan Matson, author of Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

“Those who have lost a loved one will recognize a part of themselves in Rose and appreciate her quest to find the inner strength to reconfigure the shattered pieces of her life.” --Publishers Weekly
 
"Rose’s cathartic interactions with her survival kit provide a creative way to show that mother always does know best.” --Kirkus Reviews
 
Advance praise for The Survival Kit

"Fans of Sarah Dessen will fall for this deeply moving tale of family, loss, and falling in love."—Melissa Walker, author of Violet on the Runway

"This book was so gorgeous. I loved Rose, I swooned over Will. This is an amazing story about love, loss, and the healing power of music.I adored it!" Morgan Matson, author of Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

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THE SURVIVAL KIT by Donna FreitasKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of THE SURVIVAL KIT . A story of struggle in which 16-year-old Rose fights to bloom again after her mother's death from cancer.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Donna Freitas

  • Donna Freitas has been a professor at Boston University and at Hofstra in New York. She is currently splitting her time between Barcelona and New York and writing full time.
  • Donna Freitas Allen Murabayashi
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The Survival Kit

Donna Freitas

American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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