Sonia Belasco - Speak of Me as I Am — in the Children & Teens Dept. **FOR TEENS AND ADULTS
Before losing her battle to cancer, Melanie’s mother was a charismatic and inspiring painter. Now that her mother is gone, Melanie is unsure of how to mourn. Her classmate, Damon, has also lost someone too soon; his best friend recently took his own life. The two meet while participating in their high school’s production of Othello and bond over their grief. They begin engaging in art in order to feel closer to the ones they lost. Speak of Me As I Am urges readers to seek healing in creative spaces, and learn to celebrate the lives of those who have passed away. Ages 14 and up.