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Stories for Grades 4-7
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An Early Winter

Marion Dane Bauer
Published in 1999 by Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, New York, New York

When eleven-year-old Tim's beloved grandfather develops Alzheimer's disease, Tim tries to restore his memory by taking him out fishing at their favorite pond. After the adventure ends in near disaster, Tim comes to a more realistic understanding of the disease’s effects.

 


Horse Whispers in the Air

Dandi Daley MacKall
Published in 2000 by Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Missouri

Part of the Horsefeathers series featuring Sarah Coop (Scoop) and her stable of backyard horses. After Scoop discovers what her grandfather had been collecting in jars that appeared to be empty, she understands that although he had Alzheimer's disease he remembered the past.

 


The Graduation of Jake Moon

Barbara Park
Published in 2000 by Athenaeum Books for Young Readers, New York, New York

As he prepares to graduate from eighth grade, fourteen-year-old Jake looks back on the last four years of his life watching his beloved grandfather descend into Alzheimer's disease. Jake shares his embarrassment at his grandfather’s increasingly erratic behavior and discusses how disagreements about how best to take care of his grandfather strain the family.

 


It Only Looks Easy

Pamela Curtis Swallow
Published in 2003 by Mill Brook Press, Brookfield, Connecticut

On Kat Randall’s first day of seventh grade, her dog Cheddar is hit by a car driven by Mrs. Lawrence, an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s disease. While Cheddar recovers, Kat and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence become friends.

 


 

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