Oh Reader

Grief and growth take center stage in The Third Mushroom, a middle-grade novel by the talented Jennifer L. Holm that serves as a follow-up to The Fourteenth Goldfish, a book I shared with my first group of sixth graders. 

My essay, Turning the Page: Grief and Growth in Sixth Grade, is about how I got my second batch of students to look at loss head-on, their keen observations and questions, and how my personal experience with grief shaped our classroom culture.

I consider the piece my own follow-up of sorts: another year of teaching, another year of loss, and another year of finding my way through both of those things.

Oh Reader Magazine published the essay in Issue #8. You can view the article here.

Oh Reader is the right home for this piece and I’m grateful a Burlington Writers Workshop participant shared the resource with me. 

Published by Lauren