Fiction: Sorry for Your Loss

Author Illustrator Publisher
Joanne Levy   Orca

How do you learn to live when death is so much part of your life? 

Having parents who own a funeral business makes dying an almost everyday experience for Evie, except when it becomes personal.  Then Evie meets Oren, a boy who has just lost both parents in a tragic accident and Evie discovers  new meaning in her life. Tasked with taking care of Oren as he recovers, Evie must learn how to communicate with someone who does not want to talk and eventually, how to deal with her own grief.  


  • Evie is bullied at school. What skills do you need to deal with bullies and is Evie’s reaction to bullies typical?
  • How do Evie and Oren become friends?  What does it mean to be a friend? 
  • How do Evie’s parents help people deal with a death in the family? 
  • What  does Evie do to help Oren in his grief? How does having Oren in her life help Evie with her own grief? 


SD20 Webster Elementary Red Cedar Readers

I really enjoyed reading this book. This is a great fiction book about a girl whose parents run a Jewish funeral parlor. At one of the funerals she meets a boy whose parents died in a car crash and she tries to help him through his grieving process. I liked this book and would recommend it to anyone Grade 5 to 8 who likes fiction and doesn’t mind some sadness.

Sorry for Your Loss was a very good book and I really enjoyed reading it. Although it was a sad book,I liked reading it. It kept me entertained when I had nothing to do at home and when I was bored. I recommend this book for those who are in Grade 7 and up. I rate this book a ⅘ .

Sorry for your loss. It is a very sad book. I thought I would never read a book so sad. I had some connections throughout the book. 

I rate this book a ⅘. It kept me reading for hours. Every time I went to take a break I just couldn’t stop reading. I recommend this book to people who like to read sad stories. I would read this book again.

The book Sorry For Your Loss is a sad book, it was sad but I really enjoyed it. I don’t recommend it to people that get sad easily or to people who have had a loss in their family. I suggest it to Grades 5 and up. Overall, I rate this book a ⅘.

I liked this book. It was sweet and sad. I would recommend this book to everyone. I rate it a 5/5. I didn’t like how it took awhile to get more exciting. Other than that, I really enjoyed it.

This is a really good book. I would honestly say that it is one of the best Red Cedars. This book mostly takes place in a Jewish funeral home. I think that it is a pretty sad book, but it is soooooooo good. I would recommend this book to anyone between the ages of eleven and thirteen who likes a really well written book.