Monday, June 17, 2013

Father's Day: Missing Dads

The flip side of yesterday's Fathers's Day post about awesome dads is today's post of books where the dads are missing.


The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty. For an English assignment, Emily, Lydia, and Cassie have to have penpals from a neighboring school. Sadly Cassie's penpal is a jerk and likes to play mind games, something she doesn't need as she and her mother try to move on from the death of her father.

The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen. Macy's dad died a year and a half ago and she and her mother have never fully grieved. Her perfect boyfriend is spending the summer at camp and dumps her over email. (Wait, they're on a break.) Her co-workers at the library and mean and dislike her, so she starts hanging out with the Wish Catering crew and working for them after work and everything starts to change...

Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay. Saffy is 8 when she discovers that her siblings are her cousins and her parents are her aunt and uncle. Her deceased mother was the twin of the woman she thought was her mother. Her biological father? No one knows. After her senile grandfather dies and leaves her "Saffy's Angel" she's off to see if she can discover her past. The first in a series, follow it with Indigo's Star.


Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies) by Justina Chen. Patty Ho struggles with her mother who wants her to be a good Chinese daughter, while Patty longs to be white like her absent father. She attempts to figure out life's problems with geometric proofs. While spending the summer at Math camp, she discovers some things that make her see herself, and her parents' relationship in a different light.

Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins. When her father goes to the US to find work, Asha and her family move from Delhi to their grandparent's house in Kolkota. In addition to leaving her home and friends, her grandparent's house is more conservative, and Asha misses her freedom. Her only release is escaping to the roof and writing in her journal.

37 Things I Love (in no particular order) by Kekla Magoon. Ellis's father has been in a coma for years. Four days before the end of her sophomore year, Ellis's mother has decided it's time to take him off life support, something Ellis isn't ready for.


The Daughters Break the Rules by Joanna Philbin. Carina's father is still around, but leaves her alone as he spends all his time working. When she leaks a memo to the press to destroy his reputation, he cuts her off from the large amounts of money she's used to, in order to teach him a lesson. But Carina doesn't want his money, just his time. The second in a series, start with The Daughters.

Bloom by Elizabeth Scott. Technically it's just Lauren and her father, but the reality is it's Lauren and an empty house. A picture perfect life she doesn't enjoy, until her father's ex-girlfriend's son comes back to town.

52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody. Lexington Larrabee has heard her father say he loves her 4 times-- all on national TV. The tabloids may think her dog is a fashion accessory, but he's really her only friend. Her father think's she's a spoiled brat and her father decides that if she wants that $25mil trust fund, it's time she got a job. He picks 52 different minimum wage jobs and she has to work each one for a week.

What are your best books with missing fathers?

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