Chapter Books: Divorce

Alvarez, Julia. How Tia Lola Came to Visit Stay J FIC ALV
Although ten-year-old Miguel is at first embarrassed by his colorful aunt, Tia Lola, when she comes to Vermont from the Dominican Republic to stay with his mother, his sister, and him after his parents' divorce, he learns to love her.

Bateson, Catherine. Stranded in Boringsville J FIC BAT
Following her parents separation, twelve-year-old Rain moves with her mother to the country, where she befriends the unpopular boy who lives next door and also seeks a way to cope with her feelings toward her father and his new girlfriend.

Bauer, Joan. A Question of Trust J FIC BAU
After his mother leaves the family, Brad involves his younger brother in a plan to get her to come home and deals with his feelings of rejection by taking care of a newborn kitten.

Bauer, Joan. Stand Tall J FIC BAU
Tree, a six-foot-three-inch twelve-year-old, copes with his parents' recent divorce and his failure as an athlete by helping his grandfather, a Vietnam vet and recent amputee, and Sophie, a new girl at school.

Christopher, Matt. Comeback Challenge J FIC CHR
Mark, center for his middle school's soccer team the Scorpions, must cope with his parents' divorce and a teammate who holds a grudge against him.

Christopher, Matt. Windmill Windup J FIC CHR
Thirteen-year-old Kelly, softball star, has to face new challenges in her life, including assignment to a different softball team and her mother's new boyfriend.

Cleary, Beverly. Dear Mr. Henshaw J FIC CLE
In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.

Cleary, Beverly. Strider J FIC CLE and J PB C
In a series of diary entries, Leigh tells how he comes to terms with his parents' divorce, acquires joint custody of an abandoned dog, and joins the track team at school.

Clements, Andrew. The Landry News J FIC CLE and Jpb C
Angry when he cannot pitch in the season's opening game because of Passover, Danny finally makes some important decisions about loyalty to his divorced parents, his team, his heritage, and himself.

Danziger, Paula. Amber Brown series J FIC DAN and Jpb EASY D
Amber Brown is a feisty, observant fourth grader who deals with lots of lifes ups and downs including her divorced parents, joint custody, and new dates for her parents.

DeFelice, Cynthia. The Missing Manatee J FIC DEF
While coping with his parents’ separation, eleven year old Skeet spends most of spring break in his boat on a Florida river, where he finds a manatee shot to death and begins looking who did it.

Hest, Amy. Where in the World is the Perfect Family J FIC HES
Complications in twelve-year-old Cornie's life, among them divorced parents and a new baby half-sister, help Cornie and her best friend Megan find a theme for the school photojournalism project.

Fitzhugh, Louise. Sport J FIC FIT
When his grandfather dies, eleven-year-old Sport worries that he will be forced to live with his wealthy and greedy mother rather than remain with his kind father and new stepmother.

Hurwitz, Johanna. DeDe Takes Charge J FIC HUR
A year after her father has left home for good, fifth-grader DeDe helps her mother cope with the realities of life after divorce.

Kelly, Katy. Lucy Rose: Big on Plans J FIC KEL and Jpb K
Lucy Rose records in her diary her special summer plans--to make a keychain for her mother, to help decorate the living room, to prevent her parents' divorce, to vanquish some squirrels, and to enjoy a ninth birthday adventure with her father.

Lisle, Janet Taylor. The Gold Dust Letters J FIC LIS
When nine-year-old Angela and her friends begin investigating the letters she has received from her fairy godmother, it helps take Angela's mind off her strained relationship with her father.

Lisle, Janet Taylor. How I Became a Writer and Oggie Learned to Drive Jpb LIS
As sixth-grader Archie and his six-year-old brother Oggie shuttle back and forth between their separated parents' two homes, Archie tries desperately to take care of Oggie and to pretend that everything is normal.

McDonald, Megan. Julie Tells Her Story J FIC AME (also Meet Julie)
In 1974 at her new San Francisco school, nine-year-old Julie does not want to tell her class about her parents' divorce, or to tell her sister about messing up her school assignment, but when she breaks her finger playing basketball and her whole family rallies around her, she realizes the importance of telling the truth.

McKissack, Patricia. A Friendship for Today J FIC MCK
In 1954, when desegregation comes to Kirkland, Missouri, ten-year-old Rosemary faces many changes and challenges at school and at home as her parents separate.

Moss, Marissa. Amelia’s Family Ties J FIC MOS
Ten-year-old Amelia records her thoughts and feelings about flying solo to Chicago to meet the father she has not seen since her parents divorced when she was an infant.

Orlev, Uri. Lydia, Queen of Palestine J FIC ORL
Ten-year-old Lydia describes her childhood escapades in pre-World War II Romania, her struggles to understand her parents' divorce amid the chaos of the war, and her life on a kibbutz in Palestine. Based on the life of the Israeli poet Arianna Haran.

Park, Barbara. Don’t Make Me Smile Jpb PAR
A young boy has trouble adjusting to his parent's divorce.

Parkinson, Siobhán. Second Fiddle, or, How to Tell a Blackbird From a Sausage J FIC PAR
Outspoken Mags decides to help her new friend Gillian, a talented violin student, reconcile with her estranged father so that he will allow her to attend a prestigious music school in England.

Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet J FIC PAU
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.

Schnur, Steven. The Koufax Dilemma J FIC SCH
Angry when he cannot pitch in the season's opening game because of Passover, Danny finally makes some important decisions about loyalty to his divorced parents, his team, his heritage, and himself.

Simner, Janni Lee. Secret of the Three Treasures J FIC SIM
While pretending to be the heroine of her father's adventure novels, Tiernay discovers new friends, buried Revolutionary War treasure, and answers to a long-ago mystery.

Ullman, Barb Bentler. The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood J FIC ULL
After her parents divorce and she moves to the country with her mother, fourth-grader Willa Jane, anxious and unhappy with the changes in her life, discovers a world of little people called Nutfolk living in the woods around her new home.

Voight, Cynthia Bad, Badder, Baddest J FIC VOI
When fifth graders Mikey and Margalo devise a plan to prevent Mikey's parents from getting a divorce, the two friends find their scheme foiled by a new girl at school.

Williams, Vera B. The Scooter J FIC WIL
A child's silver blue scooter helps her to adjust to her new home.

Yee, Lisa. So Totally Emily Ebers J FIC YEE
In a series of letters to her absent father, twelve-year-old Emily Ebers deals with moving cross-country, her parents' divorce, a new friendship, and her first serious crush.