mockingbird (mok’ing-burd) by Kathryn Erskine. YA fiction (for middle-graders) written from the POV of ten-year-old Caitlin with Asperger’s syndrome whose brother dies. Devon had helped her navigate the world, and when in the aftermath, Caitlin has to learn to figure things out for herself.
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones (fiction)
This is a novel in poems and tells the story of a teen whose mother dies and is sent to live with the famous actor father she never knew. Poignant, sad, funny, and awkward–just like it is to be a teen.
Great list of books to help parents talk about tragedy, violence and death with their kids on Media Bistro website.