I Never Knew Your Name by Sherry Garland

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A small boy is saddened and confused by the suicide of a teenage neighbor he has admired.
 

About Sherry Garland

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Sherry Garland, a fifth-generation Texan and the author of more than twenty-five books, writes of history and tells stories about interesting people. Her books have received many honors, including selection for the American Library Association's Notable Children's Books, Best Books for Young Adults, the Reading Rainbow award, the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, and the California Young Reader Medal Program. Sherry Garland worked with Ronald Himler on Voices of the Alamo, also published by Pelican.
 
Published August 22, 1994 by Houghton Mifflin.
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books.

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Addressing the teenager (who, we learn at the end, has committed suicide), the narrator describes how he watched the older boy make friends with a stray dog, how he heard his own sister make fun of him, and how he sympathized with the other boy's despondency as classmates set out for the prom.

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First-time children's illustrator Greenberg's soft-edged pastels are as redolent of the lethal power of loneliness as is Garland's ( The Lotus Seed ;

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