Grounded firmly in the real world is Kite Spirit by Sita Brahmachari. Kite’s life is shattered when her best friend, Dawn, commits suicide. Stunned by grief, rigid with shock and swamped by guilt, Kite struggles to continue with the routines of her life. When her Dad’s work takes him to the Lake District for the summer, Kite goes with him and there she finds a way to live her life without Dawn. Sita Brahmachari captures the maelstrom of shock, disbelief, anger and pain that is grief without sliding off into either hysteria or sentimentality in this difficult, but rewarding, book.

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