With You and Without You Liza thought she was prepared to lose her father—but coping is harder than she ever imagined
When Liza’s dad finds out he has less than a year to live, he asks his family to help him make his remaining time as happy as possible. After the initial shock, twelve-year-old Liza, her three siblings, and their mother resolve to make her dad’s last year wonderful—especially on Christmas, his favorite holiday.
Liza tries hard to prepare herself for living without him. But after he’s gone, she finds that she is still not ready—and maybe she never will be. The family, now faced with financial problems, has to move into a smaller home, which adds to their tension and anger. As another holiday season approaches, Liza feels celebrating without her dad is disloyal, and boycotts the holiday.
Liza’s search for the courage to face her grief, anger, and guilt will resonate with readers of any age who have survived the loss of a loved one.
This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Ann M. Martin, including rare images from the author’s collection.
“Readers will share their tears and rejoice when Liza shakes her guilt and emerges stronger.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“[A] poignant and quietly humorous story.” —Publishers Weekly
“[A] skillful exploration of the fear, guilt and confusion that plague adolescents and young children experiencing the loss of a parent.” —School Library Journal
Ann M. Martin grew up in Princeton, New Jersey. After attending Smith College, where she studied education and psychology, she became a teacher at a small elementary school in Connecticut. Martin also worked as an editor of children’s books before she began writing full time. Martin is best known for the Baby-Sitters Club series, which has sold over one hundred seventy million copies. Her novel A Corner of the Universe won a Newbery Honor in 2003. In 1990, she cofounded the Lisa Libraries, which donates new children’s books to organizations in underserved areas. Martin lives in upstate New York with her three cats., with you and without you, with you and without you book, with you and without you lyrics, with you and without you ann m martin, with you and without you images, with you without you chords, with you without you quotes, with you without you mp3, with you without you song, with you without you karaoke