Remembering Mrs. Rossi by Amy Hest

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Mementos from her mother's students help a young girl to grieve in a middle-grade novel by award-winning author Amy Hest.

Eight-year-old Annie lives in a sunny apartment in Manhattan with her father, Professor Rossi. Life would be pretty good if only Annie didn't so achingly miss her mother. When Mrs. Rossi died suddenly, she left not only Annie but also a classfull of students — who pour out their hearts in a scrapbook Annie will treasure forever. With tenderness and humor, Amy Hest reveals the struggles of a father and daughter as they forge a new life together.

About Amy Hest

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Amy Hest is a three-time winner of the Christopher Medal and winner of the BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Award. She lives in New York City. Heather Maione has illustrated several books for children. She lives on Long Island, New York.
Published January 9, 2007 by Candlewick Press. 192 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Mr. Rossi is perhaps as bewildered as Annie by their loss, but keeps up a brave front and a loving, honest relationship with Annie.

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Hest's (The Purple Coat ) moving novel balances humor with poignant moments, such as Annie's feeling that her mother will be home waiting for her ("She's reading on the couch in her fuzzy blue robe as usual, eating coffee ice cream on the couch as usual"), only to be struck anew with the realizat...

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In the first chapter Annie and her father are taking a cold, nighttime walk through the streets of Manhattan, as they do from time to time when the house is too big and too quiet and Annie is waiting forever to sleep.

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Annie cherishes a book of letters, written by Mrs. Rossi's former students, which describe their feelings and experiences with Mrs. Rossi.

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