Jenny Angel By Margaret Wild




Jenny Angel is certainly not a light-hearted story and it is not one to read for enjoyment or fun, but it is beautiful and, unfortunately, for some, it may help during unimaginable times.


Jenny is Davy’s big sister. She thinks of herself as his guardian angel and believes that as long as she keeps watch over Davy, the doctors will be wrong, and he will not die.

She keeps her angel wings covered by her big coat, and no one, not even the teachers at school, ask her to remove this coat.

Jenny’s mother tells her that there’s nothing she can do; Davy is going to die, but Jenny holds onto hope and Davy holds on with her. Until he can’t hold on anymore.

Why I love it:

This is a tough one, because I don’t love it; it’s beautifully written and a very necessary book, but it’s not one I enjoy or even one I want to read.

I read Jenny Angel for the first time, a few weeks ago. It made me cry and it made me scared out of my mind. I’ve been debating whether or not to review it and even writing this review, I’m crying again.

It is not a book to love. It is a book to read, if you need it, and I so desperately hope you do not.

Themes to discuss with your child:

  • Life and death
  • Grief
  • Loss
  • Family
  • Belief
  • Hope
  • Illness
  • Kindness
  • Letting go
  • Comfort
  • Support

Questions to ask your child:

Before reading:
  • What do you think this book might be about?
  • Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
  • Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
  • What do you think the gold medal on the cover means? Does this influence the way you feel about reading the book?
  • How do you think the girl on the cover is feeling?
After reading:
  • Did you like this story? Why/why not?
  • How did the story make you feel?
  • Who did you hurt for the most: Jenny or Davy?
  • Do you think Jenny helped Davy? If so, how?
  • What would you say to Jenny Angel, if you had the chance?

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