YA/Children's Book - Blackberries? and Boy who's father or mother dies
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The first is about a young boy and girl... its summer... they pick wild blueberries or blackberries... the young boy dies when he is stung by bees. It sounds like the movie "My Girl" but I remember reading a book many years before the movie came out.... any thoughts???
The second book is about a young boy whose father or mother dies (I think father) and he and his mother and a younger sibling move into a new house. At one point in the story the boy finds a dead bird and cradles it in his hands (I remember being very moved by that). At another point, the mother is working on a craft with the 2 boys and glitter is spilled... the mother turns to the older boy, the narrator, and says SOS...a code she had with the father... and he realizes she needs him as much as he needs her. ???
Mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird! by Jean Little
Any help with the first book would be really appreciated!
Here is the answer. A Taste of Blackberries Doris Buchanan Smith. Maybe I should read it one day since it seems so memorable, even if sad.
My Girl is a great movie, I've seen it several times and now have it and My Girl 2 on DVD. They're worth watching. Both have novelizations too.