Patricia MacLachlan, beloved author of the Newbery Medal-winning Sarah, Plain and Tall, has crafted another lyrical and touching novel for young readers about finding hope after the loss of a loved one.

Declan O'Brien always had a gentle word to share, odd phrases he liked to repeat, and songs to sing while he played basketball. His favorite song was "Dona Nobis Pacem," "Grant Us Peace." His family loved him deeply and always knew they were loved in return.

But a terrible accident one day changes their lives forever, and Fiona and Finn O'Brien are left without a father. Their mother is at a loss. What words are there to guide them through such overwhelming grief?

At the suggestion of their friend Luke, Fiona and Finn volunteer at an animal rescue shelter, where they meet two sweet dogs who are in need of comfort, too. Perhaps with time, patience, and their father's gentle words in their hearts, hope will spark once more.

* Junior Library Guild Selection *

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year 2019 (9-12) *


Genre: Children's Fiction

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Hardback Editions

October 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: My Father's Words
Author(s): Patricia MacLachlan
ISBN: 0-06-268769-7 / 978-0-06-268769-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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February 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: My Father's Words
Author(s): Patricia MacLachlan
ISBN: 0-06-268771-9 / 978-0-06-268771-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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October 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: My Father's Words
Author(s): Patricia MacLachlan
ISBN: 1-982553-68-5 / 978-1-982553-68-5
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October 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: My Father's Words: Library Edition
Author(s): Patricia MacLachlan
ISBN: 1-982553-67-7 / 978-1-982553-67-8
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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October 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: My Father's Words
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ISBN: 1-982553-69-3 / 978-1-982553-69-2
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Kindle Editions

October 2018 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: My Father's Words
Author(s): Patricia MacLachlan
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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