My father's words / Patricia MacLachlan.

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    • Publication Information:
      First Edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Declan O'Brien always had a gentle word to share, odd phrases he liked to repeat, and songs to sing while he played basketball. His favorite song was Dona Nobis Pacem, "Grant Us Peace." His family loved him deeply and always knew they were loved in return. but a terrible accident one day changes their lives forever, and Fiona and Finn O'Brien are left without a father. Their mother is at a loss. What words are there to guide them through such overwhelming grief... Perhaps with time, patience, and their father's gentle words in their hearts, hope will spark once more." -- Publisher's description.
    • ISBN:
      9780062687692
      0062687697
    • Accession Number:
      2018900201
    • Accession Number:
      on1037894948
      1037894948
    • Accession Number:
      fay.584832
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      MACLACHLAN, P. My father’s words. [s.l.] : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2018. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 22 out. 2019.
    • AMA:
      MacLachlan P. My Father’s Words. Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.584832. Accessed October 22, 2019.
    • APA:
      MacLachlan, P. (2018). My father’s words. Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.584832
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      MacLachlan, Patricia. 2018. My Father’s Words. Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.584832.
    • Harvard:
      MacLachlan, P. (2018) My father’s words. Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.584832 (Accessed: 22 October 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      MacLachlan, P 2018, My father’s words, Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, viewed 22 October 2019, .
    • MLA:
      MacLachlan, Patricia. My Father’s Words. Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2018. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.584832.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      MacLachlan, Patricia. My Father’s Words. Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.584832.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      MacLachlan P. My father’s words [Internet]. Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; 2018 [cited 2019 Oct 22]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.584832

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 September #1

*Starred Review* Newbery-medalist MacLachlan is known for writing heart-tugging stories in spare style, as she did in Sarah, Plain and Tall? (1985). And that's what she does here as readers meet Fiona and Finn and, briefly, their psychologist father. But before the first chapter ends, Declan O'Brien is dead, hit by a truck as he swerved to avoid a toddler in the street. The family attempts to right itself, with Mrs. O'Brien continuing her course work and Fiona trying to fill in. But Finn is struggling. Thomas, a patient of Dr. O'Brien, asks if he can call Fiona for 10 minutes each week and tell her something about her father. It's Thomas who suggests Finn find someone or something to help, and it's next-door neighbor Luke who takes them to volunteer at the animal shelter. Finn's special charge is Emily, a dog whose owner has died. He takes it upon himself to figure out what Emily needs and where she belongs, and in saving Emily, he begins to save himself. None of these children seem much like real kids. In word or deed, all display wisdom far beyond their years, and Dr. O'Brien is perfection personified. Yet there's nothing cloying here, nor does this purity affect the story's emotion or the way it connects to readers. Instead, it testifies to the resilience of life. Deeply moving and uplifting in unexpected ways. Grades 4-6. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Spring

Siblings Fiona and Finn grieve the sudden death of their beloved psychiatrist father with the help of Duke, the preternaturally wise boy next door; their father's former patient, Thomas; and--best of all--their daily interactions with dogs from the nearby animal shelter. With sensitivity and understanding, MacLachlan depicts the varying forms and routes that grieving can take for different people. Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 August #4

Key relationships in her own life inspired this characteristically taut and resonant novel by Newbery Medalist MacLachlan (Sarah, Plain and Tall). Life as Fiona has known and loved it comes to a screeching halt over runny eggs one morning when Fiona's psychologist father—her guiding light, singer of "Dona Nobis Pacem" and player of driveway basketball—dies in a car accident after swerving to avoid hitting a child. Since her overwhelmed mother has been pursuing a degree, it falls to Fiona to keep her suddenly withdrawn younger brother, Finn (and herself), afloat over the summer. She receives rock-solid help from Luke, a remarkably intuitive neighbor; Emma, the rescue dog to whom Finn reads and sings at the local shelter; and one of her father's former patients, who pays the doctor's kindness forward by calling Fiona for two minutes each week and passing on her dad's indelible sayings ("Let the whole thing float down the river on a little boat"). MacLachlan masterfully mingles core themes in this slim volume: the power of words and song, memories and family, the mutually redemptive human-canine bond, and "the eternal fitness of things." Ages 8–12. Agent: Rubin Pfeffer, Rubin Pfeffer Content. (Oct.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.