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Life is full of sunshine for inseparable friends Violet and Mia. Until one day, Violet leaves school sick and doesn't get better. Without her best friend, Mia slips into a gloomy existence. As she moves through the stages of grief like the colors of a rainbow, Mia wonders if she will ever feel like herself again. When Mia reaches out to her classmates, she remembers what she loved most about Violet.

A sensitive and poignant story about the loss of a friend and experiencing the different stages of grief.


Kelly Swemba has been passionate about big feelings since she was little. She holds a master's degree in psychiatric nursing and has also worked as a preschool intervention aide for children with autism. She's a member of SCBWI, 12x12, and Children's Book Insider. Kelly lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio.

Fabiana Faiallo is a freelance illustrator who has done work for children's magazines, textbooks, and children's books. She was born and raised in Brazil, and still lives there today.


  • Publisher: Beaming Books (January 31, 2023)
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1506483313
  • ISBN-13: 9781506483313
  • Reading age: 4 - 9 years
  • Grade level: 1 - 2
  • Item Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Dimensions: 8.75 x 0.5 x 10.25 inches


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