« Last post by Margo on Today at 08:41:57 AM »
it depends on what age and what kind of bleak you are looking for, too.
I agree with the suggestions for Coraline and The Graveyard Book, both have fantasy elements but are pretty dark.
The Face on The milk Carton by Caroline Cooney (and its sequels) deals with a girl finding that she may have been abducted as a child, andhits pretty had about the emotional impacts and divided loyalties wthat inspirs.
Cynthia Voight's 'Izzy, Willy Nilly' is told by a girl who loses a leg in a car crash (it has a fairly upbeat ending, but is pretty bleak getting there)
Michelle Magorian's 'Goodnight Mr Tom' (WW2, evacuee, neglect, death)
Sandi Toksvig's 'Hitler's Canary' (child's eye view of the Nazi occupation of Denmark) and Judith Kerr's 'When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit' might also fit the bill.
Do you kno the ages of the children or what specifc type of issues he is looking for, to narrow it down?