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After Eli

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  927 Ratings  ·  160 Reviews
When Daniel’s brother Eli is killed at war, Daniel considers the history of unusual fatalities to determine what makes a death — or a life — matter.

Some people die heroically, others accidentally. When Daniel Anderson’s older brother dies, he wonders which category Eli’s death falls into. In an attempt to understand, Danny creates a Book of the Dead — an old binder that he
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Candlewick Press (first published August 1st 2012)
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Judith Weaver
Feb 10, 2014 Judith Weaver rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books, purchase
This book had me hooked by page 15. I was thinking of people to share it with and then wondering how many different ways I could use this with my readers. . .
I have to tell you that the cover almost killed it for me. I nearly put it back on the pile to pick up another more flashy book (thinking like a middle school reader here) and am so glad that I did not.

If I could compare a book to a weaving, I would say that this was very well woven, with threads of humor and sorrow, and one well placed th
Jenni Frencham
Daniel's brother is killed in Iraq, and Daniel's way of grieving is to make a "book of the dead," where he records deaths of famous people and random people from the local cemetery. Meanwhile, his mother is taking his brother's death hard, and Eli feels like he's invisible now that his brother is gone.

Meh. This book was not nearly as good as it should have been. The first 80% of the book was Eli's random life, including his love for Isabelle and the time he spent with her and the twins, interspe
David Etkin
Feb 03, 2013 David Etkin rated it really liked it

Very touching. Don't know how a kid makes sense of losing his brother in war. It was an insightful journey watching Danny and his family wade through the grieving process. I highlighted a bunch of lines to remember. There are some very cool messages lurking in the pages of this book.

The book is told from Danny's POV and his voice is authentic and endearing.

One issue: the cover makes this book look like it's....younger--5th grade-ish?-- and less serious than it is. Don't be misled. There is so
Mar 21, 2016 Joy✌️ rated it really liked it
Seriously one of the few books that almost made me cry...literally I was on the edge of tears. It was such a good book and the author had a good view on how teenagers react nowadays. I loved Eli's character and how he taught Danny. I especially loved Isabelle's character. I feel that she is a girl that you don't find too often in the real world and I respect her for acting different and liking who she was. Recommendation to Realistic Fiction readers.
Happy Reading! :)
Aug 24, 2015 Pauline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Danny is one of those characters whose voice just seems so authentic. When his older brother Eli dies in Iraq Danny’s family flounders with their grief. His mother is chronically depressed, his father is angry and their family has fallen apart. Set over one long summer holiday period Danny makes some new friends in Isabelle, the quirky visitor from New York and Walter, the genius social misfit who is the target of the school’s bullies. Their friendship helps Danny make sense of his feelings of a ...more
Oct 13, 2014 Marie rated it liked it

In this thoughtful middle grade/young adult novel, young Danny struggles to cope with the death of his older brother, Eli, in Iraq. He's not getting much help from his angry father and vacant mother, who grew much more distant after Eli died. Eli had filled the gap of his parents' attention, and now not only was Eli gone, but his parents were even more far away.

Over the summer he befriends two unusual young people: the decidedly "uncool" but extremely smar
Kelly Hager
Aug 09, 2012 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing
Danny's brother Eli was killed overseas in the war (he enlisted after 9/11). Since then, the family's fallen apart. His dad's gotten meaner, his mom's checked out and Eli just misses his brother. He's started a "Book of the Dead," a list of famous people and how they died.

And then one summer, he meets Isabelle. She and her family (parents and younger twin siblings) have moved into town while her dad works on a project and her mom paints. Danny falls for Isabelle pretty much immediately. She's g
"After Eli" is a wonderfully written, heartfelt story about a summer of magic and death for a teenaged boy. After his brother is killed, Daniel tries to sort out his life and his family, along with the school genius dork, a lovely and intriguing girl visiting for the summer, some hippie-type organic farmers, and always Eli, always his big brother guiding him via his memories.

A quick, wonderful read, that is more fun than you might think from reading the synopsis. Recommended. (I wrote a long, a
Feb 18, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: elm-572
I can honestly say that I am not sure what sparked my interest in Rebecca Rupp's novel After Eli. For the assignment, I wanted to choose a book that was out of my comfort zone and that I've never read before. This book, from beginning to end is a doozy. The underlying tones of this novel are death, loss, sacrifice, anger, resentment, love, and forgiveness. See, a doozy! The protagonist of After Eli is Daniel E. Anderson, or Danny for short. The narrative begins shortly after the loss of Eli, Dan ...more
Sophia Batista
Jan 22, 2016 Sophia Batista rated it really liked it
Daniel finally accepted the loss of his brother and fell in love. This book is called After Eli, it is by Rebecca Rupp.
This book is about the summer he came to terms with the death of his brother Eli, he died by driving over a bomb when he was in the military and the summer he fell in love with the beautiful Isabelle. The setting of this book is close to 2001 and 9/11. The plot is helping Daniel deal with the loss of his brother. The characters were Daniel, Eli, their father and mother, Isabell
Albert  Gubler
Jun 18, 2015 Albert Gubler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After Eli follows the story of young Daniel (E.) Anderson who tries to get over the death of his older brother in the Iraq War. He spends a summer hanging out with Walter, a kid the other popular kids ignore and bully and Isabelle, a romantic girl from New York spending the summer in his little town.

After Eli is a very quick read, but nonetheless a very touching story with some important lessons imprinted in it. Like in "Looking for Alaska", the main character collects something death-related,
Mina H.
Feb 03, 2015 Mina H. rated it liked it
"Some people die heroically, others accidentally. Some people die for a cause, while others die from making a single bad choice."

Sometimes I wonder if that'll ever be me.

Daniel (E.) Anderson is the average, typical boy in school whom you don't take a second glance at. Until, that is, you hear his story.

Siblings are annoying, little pests at home, but you still love them with all you have anyway. The “hate” relationship you claim to have is actually love that is expressed in the most weird
When Danny's brother Eli was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq, his world is turned upside down. His mother turns into a shell of what she once was and his already strict father is constantly looking down on him, comparing him to his brother's potential. His friends are mostly jerks, and don't really understand what Danny is going through. To cope, Danny begins to keep a Book of the Dead, recording the names and occurrences of deaths throughout history. Then one magical summer, he meets Isabelle ...more
Paul  Hankins
Review to come as August approaches.

Daniel (E.) Anderson collects stories of the dead in an attempt to make sense of his brother's death in the war. The book takes place over the course of a summer vacation. A very nice coming of age story that has plenty of "ladders" to spare.

If you are on NetGalley, request this book. Then we can talk before August.

Through some cosmic circumstance, I love that this book shares a namesake with another of my favorite Candlewick titles, ELI THE GOOD.
Kristin McIlhagga
May 17, 2012 Kristin McIlhagga rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kristin by: Paul Hankins
After Eli by Rebecca Rupp was recommended by Paul Hankins on either Twitter, GoodReads, or Facebook (likely all three)! This did not disappoint. Daniel is trying to make sense of his brother’s death and growing up. His voice is thoughtful and honest, and brought me to tears a few times. This is the first complete book I’ve read on my new iP*d through NetGalley. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about reading on an e-device, but the story was so fantastic I barely noticed. Release date: Aug. 14, 2012
Jessie SLG3
Apr 28, 2016 Jessie SLG3 marked it as to-read
The Lexile number is 1020L.
Jul 18, 2015 Kacey rated it liked it
This is a pretty decent book featuring a young boy dealing with the loss of his older brother, killed in action while serving in Iraq. In many ways, the story is just about Daniel experiencing life as he works through the process between Eli and after Eli. He meets people who help him through it and he discovers who he is. Admittedly some parts did feel like they were exaggerated (the father's treatment of Daniel and the mother's disconnect from everything in particular) but overall it was decen ...more
Sofia Scanlon
Nov 29, 2015 Sofia Scanlon rated it liked it
This is a very interesting book. It shows you different feeling and points of view on how Danny views life. Danny is a 14-year-old boy who keeps reflecting his life upon his brother Eli. Eli passed away in Iraq. Eli was like Danny's best friend, brother, and dad all put into one. But once Eli passed away, Danny had so many emotions and was so confused, he didn't know what to do. So he started a Book of the Dead. He wrote about people who've passed that he loved or that reminds him of life or his ...more
After Eli by Rebecca Rupp

Not So Brief synapsis: After Eli is a book about death and loss during the Iraq war. Danny loses his brother Eli in the war and faces the devastating effects of his brother’s loss and how it affects his family and himself. Danny learns that grief is channeled in different ways by his mom and dad. Danny feels forgotten and left out and is dealing with his grief on his own. He creates a ‘death book’ that is a journal of about people who have died with categories for the r
Aug 20, 2016 Charese rated it it was amazing
Eyes still swollen from some soft crying that I write this review. Must be the hormones. Sniffs.

This book is just great. It's one of those stories that you'd want to see in a movie. The characters are very lovable - every one of them. And then the author writes this book with just the right humor and drama which makes it such an enjoyable read.

The story deals with the loss of a loved one and the kind of a deeper realization that comes with it. It's a book for young readers but I found myself ea
Jul 31, 2012 Deanna rated it really liked it
I liked this one SO much more than See You at Harry's. The characters were more genuine and their transformations seemed more realistic. If you are looking for a 2012 "grief" book, here it is.
Shaunna Roszell
I thought some parts were good. But some of it was boring.
Isabella parker
May 18, 2015 Isabella parker rated it it was amazing
Most people die as a hero, others on an accident. When Daniel Anderson’s older brother dies, he wonders which category Eli’s death falls into. In an attempt to understand, Danny creates a Book of the Dead an old second-handed binder that he fills with details about the dead people in history, and how they died, and, most important, for what type of purpose. Time passes, and eventually Daniel is encouraged to look up from his notebook of death and questions to make new friends and be carried int ...more
I thought it was a very good book to read if you were going through a rough time in your liofe or just wanted agood read.
Robin Kim
Jan 21, 2015 Robin Kim rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. The characters and the setting is very realistic, and I can sometimes relate to my friends, or sometimes myself. The characters are unique. Eli is a great brother, but sometimes who gets really annoying. And Danny is the brother who stays quiet and gets out of trouble.(view spoiler)
That is what a real brother would teach me. This is why this
Apr 22, 2015 Bethany rated it it was amazing
"When I was a little kid, Eli's being older used to really piss me off. I remember throwing a tantrum when I was maybe five or six.
'Why do you always have to be older than me?' I yelled.
'Live with it, kid. When you're eighty, I'll be ninety-two,' he said. 'I'll be old and irascible, and if you give me any of your pitiful underage eighty-year-old lip, I'll whack your butt with my cane.'
We never thought then that when I was eighty, Eli would still be twenty-two."

Oh my goodness. I cannot b
The shape of this book is interesting, with each chapter headed by the name of a dead person, their date of death, and the cause. Danny, the narrator, deals with time in a fluid manner, moving from past to present and back to tell the story of the effect his brother's death has on him and on his family. He keeps a Book of the Dead, which his father thinks is morbid, but is really Danny's way of coping with the stunning grief he feels. His mother, once a lively, humorous, happy person, has all bu ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jan 14, 2013 Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Danny has struggled with his brother's death for a while. His mother is prostrate with grief, and his father has become more brusque and demanding. Danny has kept a notebook filled with the various ways that people die, but when he meets a few new friends during summer break, he starts to move on. Geeky Walter turns out to be a much more interesting and supportive friend than the diehard jock Peter, and summer resident Isabelle and her frenetic twin siblings make Danny think about the world in n ...more
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3.5-4.0 stars

9/11 happened and Eli wanted to help at ground zero but Eli’s dad said no. Feeling that he had to do something to help he enlisted in the army instead. About a year or so after he dies in Iraq while on duty. Eli’s death has left Danny alone, his dad even less sociable and mom has checked out. While coping with the death of his brother, Danny begins the “Book of the Dead” a book where he records famous people and the cause of their deaths.

I think th
Jul 03, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
"A real friend is someone who likes you for who you want to be and not for who they want you to be."

"It's just hard that moving on sometimes means leaving people behind."

I came to really enjoy this book. I think it kept a good pace throughout and really picked up at the end. The characters are real and likable, and undoubtedly, this is a touching story.

Besides the main character Danny, who is trying to find his place after losing his brother Eli in the war, I also fell for the character Walter.
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