The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
Matt’s life started to fall apart the day he learned his mother had terminal cancer. Now that she’s gone, he’s missed several weeks of school and lost out on a job opportunity. His friends don’t know how to act around him. And his dad has started drinking again. He feels like his best opportunity is to work at Cluck Bucket, where at least there’s a cute girl working. But fate steps in and he’s offered a chance to work at a funeral home. It doesn’t seem like an ideal job, but Mr. Ray is kind and fair and pays well. And Matt soon finds another benefit; working at the funeral home gives him a chance to explore his grief through others experiencing the same thing.
This novel is highly recommended for readers in middle school and up who have experienced loss or have friends or family members who are grieving.