Such a sad, touching book about a girl whose mother drowned. Sent to the school counselor to help her deal with her grief, Elvis (yes, she is a girl) is troubled by the time frame that each step of her grief is supposed to take. She ends up with a copy of DSM for Kids! Although I’m not a psychologist, I am an elementary school teacher and I know about that book. Add a dysfunctional family—a dad who wears her dead mom’s clothes because it makes him feel better and an older sister who ends up in a mental hospital for her violent sleepwalking, you’ve got quite a story. And the rabbit cake, a three-dimensional cake pan used for birthday cakes proves to be a member of the family as well.

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