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Ten-year-old Comfort Snowberger has attended 247 funerals. But that's not surprising, considering that her family runs the town funeral home. And even though Great-uncle Edisto keeled over with a heart attack and Great-great-aunt Florentine dropped dead, just like that, six months later, Comfort knows how to deal with loss, or so she thinks. She's more concerned with avoiding her crazy cousin Peach and trying to figure out why her best friend, Declaration, suddenly won't talk to her. Life is full of surprises. And the biggest one of all is learning what it takes to handle them.

Deborah Wiles has created a unique, funny, and utterly real cast of characters in this heartfelt and quintessentially Southern coming-of-age novel. Comfort will charm young readers with her wit, her warmth, and her struggles as she learns about life, loss, and ultimately, triumph.

©2005 Deborah Wiles; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Succeeds wonderfully in capturing the messy glory of grief and life." (Booklist)
"Sensitive, funny, and occasionally impatient, Comfort is a wholly sympathetic protagonist who learns that emotions may not be as easy to control as she had assumed." (School Library Journal)

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Very beautiful

The drama and sadness and joy and surprises have gave my mouth a smile and my heart more love (I Loved it)

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  • Susan
  • OLNEY, IL, United States
  • 12-30-10

One of my favorite kids' books!

This is one of the sweetest stories I've ever read! You fall in love with all the characters--especially Comfort! Very well written--my fourth-graders loved it!