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Welcome to Elsewhere. It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous. Curious to see new paintings by Picasso? Need to talk to someone about your problems? Elsewhere is where fifteen-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died. It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different. Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth. But Liz wants to turn sixteen, not fourteen again. She wants to graduate from high school and go to college.

And it is not going well. How can Liz let go of the only life she has ever known and embrace a new one? Is it possible that a life lived in reverse is no different from a life lived forward? This moving, often funny book about grief, death, and loss will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned. Also available in audiobook from Listening Library.

Read by Cassandra Morris. For school, it was an independent reading book, but so disappointing. The main plot happened in the first 4 chapters or so, and then the problem was resolved. After that the book got incredibly boring. The love story between Liz and Owen is so unrealistic, the fact get younger, but still are in love is so awkward. The boringness dragged on and I was making myself read just to fall asleep.

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'Elsewhere,' by Gabrielle Zevin

Every so often a book comes along with a premise so fresh and arresting it seems to exist in a category all its own. Madeleine L'Engle's "Wrinkle in Time" and Natalie Babbitt's "Tuck Everlasting" come to mind -- marvelous tales concerned with bending or banishing our forward march through time. More than a few young adult novels begin with the sudden death of a family member or friend that the protagonist must emotionally deal with in the course of the story. But Zevin follows year-old Elizabeth Hall, the victim of a hit-and-run driver, into the afterlife, a place known as Elsewhere, where Liz must come to terms with her own death. Elsewhere, on first glance, appears improbably ordinary, with "buildings, houses, stores, roads, cars, bridges, people, trees, flowers, grass, lakes, rivers, beaches, air, stars and skies.


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Please note that this product is not available for purchase from Bloomsbury. A novel so astoundingly original and carefully crafted that its complexities become common place and the common place resounds with poetry? In this delightful novel death is a begining, a new start. Liz is killed in a hit a run accident and her 'life' takes a very unexpected turn. At nearly sixteen she knows she will never get married, never have children, and perhaps never fall in love.

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