The Day My Mother Left by James Prosek

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Jeremy's whole life changed the day his mother left.

When his mother leaves with the father of his worst enemy at school, nine-year-old Jeremy seeks to make sense of her abandonment. He throws himself into recreating the Book of Birds, a collection of drawings that his mother took with her on the day she left. While his father fights his own depression and his sister distances herself from their lives, Jeremy turns wholeheartedly to nature, and finds solace in the quiet comfort of drawing.

In this novel, James Prosek tells Jeremy's story without blame, without self-pity, and without excuses. The Day My Mother Left should be read by anyone who has gone through the pain of losing a parent, and by anyone who wants to meet Jeremy, a boy who can see inside himself the person he wants to become.

About James Prosek

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James Prosek is a writer and artist. Dubbed “the Audubon of the fishing world” by the New York Times, his books include Trout, The Complete Angler, and Fly-Fishing the 41st. He lives in Easton, Connecticut.
Published March 10, 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 316 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Prosek (A Good Day's Fishing ) movingly chronicles young Jeremy's emotional upheaval after his mother abandons the family, in this sophisticated novel. Of

Jan 22 2007 | Read Full Review of The Day My Mother Left

USA Today

James Prosek, author of Trout: An Illustrated History, applies his knowledge of wildlife and human nature to this story about a 10-year-old boy, Jeremy, whose mother abandons his family.

Sep 07 2014 | Read Full Review of The Day My Mother Left

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Somewhere in the middle of it all, Jeremy's mom decides to leave and be part of a different family, one that doesn't include Jeremy.

Feb 27 2007 | Read Full Review of The Day My Mother Left

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