Sad Books for Upper Elementary

Books with pictures:
The Faithful Elephants by Yukio Tsuchiya
The Wall by Eve Bunting
Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel
Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
The Greatest Skating Race:
A World War II Story from the Netherlands
by Louise Borden

Alan and Naomi by Myron Levoy
Bambert’s Book of Missing Stories by Reinhardt Jung

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The Cay by Theodore Taylor
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
A Dog’s Life: the Autobiography of a Stray by Ann M. Martin
Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt
Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles
Edward’s Eyes by Patricia MacLachlan
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Foster’s War by Carolyn Reeder
Getting Near to Baby by Audrey Couloumbis
The Giver by Lois Lowry

Hans Brinker, or, the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
Lassie Come-Home by Eric Knight

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Mick Harte was Here by Barbara Park
Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

National Velvet by Enid Bagnold
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
The Peppersalt Land by Marilyn Harris
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’Dell
Something Very Sorry by
Bohlmeijer Arno
Sounder by William Howard Armstrong
Spider Sparrow by Dick King-Smith
The Summer of Riley by Eve Bunting
A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry
You Shouldn’t Have to Say Good-bye by Patricia Hermes
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
The Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963: a Novel by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Compiled by Heidi Snively, Manhattan Beach CA March 2008

Posted on CALIBK12

Sad books for YA:
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
"All We Know of Heaven" by Jacquelyn Mitchard
The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman
Before I Die
by Jenny Downham
Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Cheated by Patrick Jones.
Deadline by Chris Crutcher
Do Angels Sing the Blues by LeMieux
An egg on three sticks by Jackie Fischer
ELSEWHERE by Gabrielle Zevin
Feed by M. T. Anderson
Finder by Emma Bull
The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray
GUARDIAN by Julius Lester
Hanging On To Max by Margaret Bechard
Hard Love by Margaret Bechard
How We Live Now by Meg Rosoff
If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
Imani all mine by Connie Ann Porter
Inexcusable by Chris Lynch

Invincible Summer by Jean Ferris
INSIDE OUT by Terry Trueman
Letters from Wolfie by Patti Sherlock
Marley and Me: life and love with the world's worst dog
Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern by Anne McCaffrey and Michael Whelan
"My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
"Nothing but the truth" by Avi
OF MICE AND MEN by Steinbeck

One True Thing,” by Anna Quindlen
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle
Say Goodnight Gracie by Julie Deaver
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Sex Education by Jenny Davis
Shattering Glass by Gail Giles
Sleeping Dogs by Sonya Hartnett
So B. It by Sarah Weeks
Surrender by Sonya Hartnett
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper
Thirsty by M.T. Anderson

“Three Little Words” by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
A Time for Dancing by Davida Wills Hurwin
Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix
A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Sad Authors:
Lurlene McDaniel
Nicholas Sparks
Robert Cormier: Chocolate War, TENDERNESS, WE ALL FALL DOWN, I AM THE CHEESE, and FADE

The Darkangel series by Meredith Ann Pierce
  • The Darkangel
  • A Gathering of Gargoyles
  • The Pearl of the Soul of the World

FIRE-US trilogy by Jennifer Armstrong
  • The Kindling
  • Keepers of the Flame
  • The Kiln

The Last Herald-Mage Series by Mercedes Lackey
  • Magic's Pawn
  • Magic's Promise
  • Magic's Price

Updated 08/27/08 with postings from YALSA-BK