LEARNING TO HULA
Holly DeJong's husband, Rob, died a year ago. Now, having moved through the stages of grief, she's reached acceptance and is selling the computer company he founded. But when she finds herself in a grocery store smashing the cupcakes she blames for his heart attack, she re-evaluates her progress. Her children, meanwhile, feel that selling the company represents her desire to get rid of the past, and they start acting out. Learning to Hula (4), by Lisa Childs, is a touching and heartwarming look at the pain of loss, leavened with laughter. The kids are realistically obnoxious without being overwritten, and Childs skillfully handles not only Holly's story but also those of other family members dealing with loss, making a richly textured story.