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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (7 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141327049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141327044
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up in America in the suburbs of Boston, quite happily, reading, writing, playing outside, and swimming with my parents and three younger siblings. When I got a little older, I went to college (Washington and Lee, BA in English and European History), and a little older still, to grad school (The New School, MFA in Writing for Children).

Now I split my time between Natick, MA and New York City. I have written two children's books, Love, Aubrey and Eight Keys.

My interests include:
Crackers and cheese
Swimming 50 yards with one breath
Collecting dishes that don't match, and a few that do
Wearing a different-colored sock on each foot
Taking out too many books from the library
Writing letters
Planning travels to Europe
Reminiscing
and
Wondering how my desk got so cluttered.

You can learn more about these problems and other things at:
http://www.suzannelafleur.com/.

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About the Author

At a very young age, Suzanne LaFleur fell in love with stories. She loved stories so much that she decided that if she had to grow up, she would write new stories for kids to read. Love, Aubrey is her first book. Suzanne works with children in New York City and Boston.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By L on 18 Dec 2009
Format: Hardcover
Some people have a particular weakness for books that tug at their heartstrings: I don't. I don't like crying and I don't enjoy feeling emotionally drained. Last year, I actually stopped reading a very well-written YA title because I had realised that the ending was going to be too sad for me to bear. And yet somehow I found I could cope with Love, Aubrey, possibly the most heartbreaking novel I've ever read. It's the story of an eleven-year-old girl who, having survived the car accident that killed her father and her little sister, is abandoned by her mother. The kind of story that usually has me bailing out at the first sign of (my own) tears.

Not this time. Love, Aubrey is different. It's not melodramatic. It's not clichéd. It's matter-of-fact and intimate. Suzanne LaFleur communicates what's happened to Aubrey - this terrible, almost unimaginable loss and abandonment - by evoking childhood memories we all have. The brief moment of panic that time when your parent was late to pick you up from school, the day your sibling was taken to hospital with some injury that later turned out to be minor - that's Aubrey's life, every minute of every day. We've all had a tiny glimpse of it, and that's why it hurts.

At eleven, Aubrey is a very young protagonist compared to those in most of the books I read. I was slightly apprehensive about this, but my concerns evaporated in the first few pages. I connected with her instantly, and somehow she was both believable as an eleven year old and complex enough to engage me throughout the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 10 Jan 2011
Format: Paperback
I loved this book! It has a good storyline and is full of strong feelings. A young girl named Aubrey is left alone, abandoned by her mother. Her father and sister are dead after a car accident. She is found by her gran and lives with her while they search for her mother!

A sad page turner but I would without a doubt reccommend it!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 20 Feb 2011
Format: Paperback
Love Aubrey is a very touching book which makes the reader really think about the book for quite some time afterwords. However, I do feel that at the beginning, the book doesn't give that much information in order to suss out what is going on. Other than that, it definitely deserves to be on every 11 year old's bookshelf!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 30 Jan 2011
Format: Paperback
This book was amzing, i dont usually go for books like this one, but when i read the blurb i though i should give it ago! this is such a moving story about a girl called aubrey who was ababdoned by her mother and has to start a whole new life but she is frequently traumatised by her past and the memories of lost ones.......

this book is so fantastic, and rwally hard to put down. I love the way aubrey explains about her life so simply. I REALLLY LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED the whole story and really want susanne lafleur to write more books, because this was fab x x
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Peggy BLIN on 8 Aug 2010
Format: Paperback
I started to read this book on Saturday night and finished on Sunday morning. I was afraid it would be a story that would make me cry every few pages, but it was not this kind. I felt I was tiptoeing around Aubrey's grief, respecting it all the time. Respecting the way she was dealing with all the changes in her life and the incredible drama of being left behind by her mother. It is not a book where everything is black at first & ends in the pink... It is a book of mending broken hearts, broken minds, broken lives slowly, realistically. It is a story of making your life continue when you think all is over. All seen through a child's eyes & mind. All put in such simple words in all her letters. Very nice book. Easy to read and to get into. It's going to take some time before Gram and Aubrey step out of my mind..
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Jun 2009
Format: Hardcover
Love, Aubrey is one of my favourite books of 2009. It's heartbreaking yet uplifting, and covers a spectrum of emotions.

Aubrey is a lovely character, and is one that I didn't expect to identify with at all, seeing as I'm double her age. She's brave and tough, and although she's experiencing the worst time of her life, she never complains or feels sorry for herself. She gets on with her life by surrounding herself with new friends and family, and is honestly one of the most inspirational protagonists I've ever encountered.

Besides Aubrey, my favourite part of the book is the family next door, including Aubrey's best friend Bridget and her younger sister Mabel. I loved their relationship, and the way Aubrey always advised Bridget to spend more time with her sister. Like the old saying goes, you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone, and Aubrey really hammers this point home.

Suzanne LaFleur writes about loss and grief brilliantly, and her words reduced me to tears on several occasions. Aubrey's shattered innocence really affected me, because no eleven-year-old should have to go through what she does. The letters Aubrey writes to her missing family and friends are heart-rending and beautifully written, and I had to read a couple of them twice before I could continue with the story.

Love, Aubrey is a fantastic debut novel, and I really cannot wait to see what LaFleur writes next. The front of the book doesn't lie: Aubrey made me cry, she made me smile, and she'll definitely stay with me forever.
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