Meet Comfort. She is a 10-year-old explorer, recipe tester, and funeral reporter, whose family owns, and lives in, the Snowberger Funeral Home in Snapfinger, Mississippi. Comfort is a slightly quirky, easy-to-like character. She writes obituaries (called “Life Notices”) for the local newspaper, can tell you who has the best funeral recipes in town, and has even written the “Top Ten Tips for First-rate Funeral Behavior.”
Although her home life is not-so-typical, (how many friends do you know that live in a funeral home), she is experiencing the unfortunately typical friendship problems. Her best friend, Declaration, has suddenly become very mean to her and is now hanging out with other girls at school that tease Comfort.
To make matters worse, two of Comfort’s relatives die that she had been very close to. On top of that, she is expected to take care of her very annoying cousin, Peach, while all the family is oddly enough, at one of their own family members funeral. While walking to the gravesite with Peach, Declaration, and her dog Dismay, a flash flood strikes. She has to make a choice of who to save. What will happen to them?
Read Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles to find out.
Genre: realistic fiction
Tags: death, family, funeral home, South, friend, dog, grief
Author website: Deborah Wiles
Series: This book is not part of a series.
A/R Reading level: 4.5
Interest level: Grades 4-7
Link to Harvest Park Library catalog: Each Little Bird that Sings