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Between Heaven and Earth (Seven #1)

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DJ climbs Mount Kilimanjaro to scatter his beloved grandfather's ashes.
ebook, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Orca Book Publishers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Martin lyon
The main character in the book Between heaven and earth is David Juior. I decided to read this book because mum gave me a selection of books to choose from and this book stood out for me because it had an intersting title and has two climbers in the background. This book fits on to a book recommended by a member of your family on the bingo board.I think this is a good catergory to have on the bingo board because your family has a big part in what you read. A character I found intersing was Doris ...more
Lucas S
I liked this book Between Heaven and Earth because it was really exciting and it had a good adventure role to it. I thought it was exciting because D.J. had to climb a mountain for his grandfather and the sidetracks that D.J. had to go on were cool like how he went on the quest to get his stuff back. Even though the book didn't have as much adventure as talking, i though it was a pretty good book and I think it is worth reading.
Heidi
Orca's The Seven Series gives us seven authors each writing the story of one of David McLean's grandsons. During the reading of David's will, four of his daughters and six of his grandsons learn that David left letters instructing each grandson to complete a task. At the same time, they learn there was another daughter and another grandson. This book follows the oldest grandson, DJ, as he journeys from Toronto to Tanzania and attempts to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. There DJ is to scatter some of h ...more
Missy
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Tony Keefer
Between Heaven and Earth is part of a series of books written by different authors. The idea behind the series is that there are 7 boys whose Grandfather, in his will, has given them each a specific quest to fulfill. In this book the protagonist, DJ, is challenged to climb Mt. Kilamanjaro in Africa. The Grandfather's will allots funds for DJ to get to Africa, make the climb and scatter some of his Grandfather's ashes at the top of the mountain. During the trip and the climb DJ learns a great dea ...more
Caleb
I found this book to be pretty good, it was a good aadventure story but it was not very intoresting the main charicter climbs a mountain with a girl named sarah, i found it more people just talking and not a lot of exciting things happening some parts were good but not alot, it was easy to know what was going to happen at the end it was an ok book
Shonna Froebel
This is a great read and part of a very interesting series. DJ is gathered with the rest of the family to hear his grandfather's will being read. His grandfather was a vibrant person, compassionate and genuinely interested in others. He was very present in the lives of his grandsons and cared deeply for their mothers, his daughters. His wife died when his girls were still young, the youngest only four, and he raised them on his own.
He left a video message for his grandsons, and a special task fo
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Christina
The first in the Seven series (although they can be read in any order) takes us to Tanzania and the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, which 17 year old DJ is planning to climb in order to fulfill his late grandfather's last wishes--he wants his ashes spread on the summit of the mountain. DJ, an athlete, strong and cocky in his physical abilities, is sure that this will be an easy task for him to accomplish. But he gets off to a rocky start when his backpack and hiking boots are stolen by street kids, a ...more
Ariel Dolphin
Between Heaven and Earth is a fascinating edge-of-the-seat book. The main character, DJ, a straight A student who never fails, thinks he is going on a leisurely ride up Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, when things start to fall apart. He gets stopped at immigration, he is blackmailed by the first ever female porter, his bags get stolen by homeless kids, his climbing group includes an old lady, and he is forced to go pole-pole (slowly). His grandfather, David McLean, set up the whole trip before his ...more
Isabella
This book was fairly good and was different than what I normally like to read. I like romance and chick-lit like most girls do and this was none of those. I read this book because my teacher librarian Mrs. Gus came in and talked to us about the seven series and most of my grade was interested. I love to read so I decided to give it a try. It was very touching and I thought it was a well thought out book. After reading this book I was determined to read the rest of the series because Eric Walters ...more
Tala
During this week I've been read "Between Heaven and Earth",by Eric Walters. David the main character,is given a request by his dead grandfather. In order to fulfill his grandpa's request, David has to travel across the world to Tanzania, Africa and climb mountain Kilimanjaro. Once David reaches the top of mount Kilimanjaro, he must spread his grandfather's ashes, as his grandfather requested. David struggles in his journey but refuses to quite. He is very determined to reach his goal.

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Katherine Krige
DJ is a self-assured teenager, used to being in control and taking charge of any situation. When his grandfather dies, his world is rocked by the loss. What he doesn't realize though is that his death is more than what it seems. Before his grandfather died, he set some goals for his remaining grandsons. When the lawyer reads out the will, the seven boys are all given tasks to complete. DJ's task is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to spread his ashes.

DJ's first thought, "Easy. I'll climb u
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Caroline
DJ is headstrong, confident, and some might say brash. He's the eldest of his cousins and twin brother, and he feels the most responsible to carry out their grandfather's final wish. Grandpa McLean was such an amazing man who lived a life full of adventure and was well-liked by everyone he met. He never did manage to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, though, which is why he tasked DJ with climbing the mountain and carrying his ashes to the top!

When DJ first reads his instructions, he's sure he can beat t
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Nicholle
I thought this book wasn't great it was kind of slow. it was pretty intense when they weren't climbing the mountain because while they are on the mountain it only talks about his "toilet" problems. this book had some good moments but overall it wasn't as good as devil's pass. this book wasn't great because it was good until he started to climb the mountain then it got boring which should be the exciting par. I gave it three stars because it was better than jump cut but not as good as devil's pas ...more
Shonna
This is a 2014 Forest of Reading - Red Maple nominee. I absolutely loved this book. It was well written. Interesting. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Alicia
This will be a series of seven books, about each of the grandson's of a late man who decided to give each of his grandsons an adventure/quest that teaches them some life lessons, encourages skills and seeks out something new and different. In this one, the oldest, is sent to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to spread part of his grandfather's ashes. In similar style to Roland Smith's outdoor adventure stories, this one has a lot of descriptions and recognizes personal accomplishments.

A nice, family-friend
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Harriette
The events of this book surround climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, but it is really about the development of character. DJ is the first of seven grandsons to carry out a quest given to them in the will of their deceased grandfather. Proudly athletic and known for doing "the right thing," DJ learns about success and failure as well as judging people by their outward appearance. While it held my interest, certain elements did not sit right with me--cliches about DJ's grandfather always being with him an ...more
Victoria
When DJ's grandfather passes away, he leaves each of his seven grandsons a task especially for them. DJ's task seems daunting: CLIMB A MOUNTAIN. And not just any mountain, the TALLEST mountain in ALL OF AFRICA! At first, DJ (David junior) thinks that it will be easy as pie. He soon learns that, boy is he wrong. He learns that, even though he's big and strong at sea level, it's not that easy to climb a mountain, go polepole (slowly), follow orders and learns many other important things along the ...more
Rebecca
17 year old DJ is the eldest of his beloved grandfather’s seven grandsons. After their grandfather’s death, the grandsons learn that he had a separate quest for each of them to complete. For DJ, his grandfather asks that he climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to scatter his ashes. Confident, responsible football player DJ thinks the task won’t take long, and will be pretty easy since he’s an athlete. Of course, he runs into fairly predictable problems from the minute he lands in Tanzania, from get ...more
Nicola Mansfield
This is the second book I have read in this series that proposes that its books can be read in any order. I chose this book because it was about the brother of the boy in the first book I read, Lost Cause. I have to say I probably enjoyed this one more, though they are quite different books; Lost Cause being very historical and Walters' book is pure adrenaline outdoor adventure. About mountain climbing, DJ, the eldest grandson at 17 years old is quested to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Full of action ...more
Tara Kenny
Between Heaven and earth is part of the seven series of books published by Orca. The series can be read in any order, and each book is written by a different Canadian author. The premise of the series is that a grandfather has seven grandsons. In his will he has left each grandson with a different task to complete, each book tells the story of a different grandson.

Eric Walters has published over 70 novels for grade 5-8 students, and I’ve read many of them. I tend to recommend them heartily to st
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Rachel
Walters, Eric. (2012). Between heaven and earth(Seven#1). Victoria, BC: Orca Books.

When David’s grandfather dies the grandchildren are each assigned a task to complete in memory of him. Each grandson and task is a separate book. This one is David’s task, the eldest grandson. He is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and spread his grandfather’s ashes at the top.

I found this book interesting enough with plenty of interesting events, but I did think that the character of David was not built enoug
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Noah Mccoy
Between Heaven and Earth
By: Eric Walters
DJ has mission to accomplish. He has to scatter his beloved grandfather’s ashes at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. He plays football in high school and thinks he can physically take the mountain in a couple of days. He’ll find out what it’s like to sleep in a one man tent 19,000 meters above sea level. Everything that goes on in this book is seen through DJ’s perspective throughout all the situations. The only thing is, will DJ actually follow out his grand
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Jeffrey
1st of the new Seven series from Orca - found the "hero" DJ a very unsympathetic character - so arrogant as to be almost a caricature - that he "changes" and is transformed by his climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro isn't a surprise given the nature of series fiction and his sudden new empathy for everyone seemed totally unrealistic. I'll be interested to see where the series goes next - I hope that Grandpa McLean isn't as big a part of the other books - his cliched words of wisdom got on my nerves! On to ...more
Aiyana
DJ has been given the ultimate challenge. CLIMB A MOUNTAIN. At first, David thinks that it will be a walk in the park. But soon he finds out that it's a lot harder than he thinks to go slowly, to listen to orders, and all in all how difficult it can be even when you're big and strong. DJ learns that it takes a lot more than muscle to complete a challenge.

I picked this book up because it was one of the red maple nominees. I also decided to do this book because I read another one in the series "J
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Armita
Ok, first of all i love the name of the book. The author chose a very good name. I am not good at grammar and i am not complaining about how the book is written. I just didn't like the characters.

Here is a summary of the characters.
DJ: Mom of everyone, bossy, really short-tempered
Steve: Opposite of DJ
Sarah: Wants to experience things, Man type, loves DJ
Doris: Thinks that life is pretty and full of good things and flowers ( Why is she so obsessed with flowers?)

i HATE DJ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Randy
DJ is given a challenge in his grandfather's will. He, like all of his cousins, will fulfill this last request of his grandfather. For DJ, he is asked to scatter some of his grandfather's ashes from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. So he sets off for Tanzania, and the adventure that awaits him. DJ has always worked hard at things, but been successful. Will this trek challenge him in ways he has not thought of? How will he cope, so far away from home and the support he usually has?

I picked this b
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Paula
Of the entire Seven series, this was the one I was most looking forward to...and the most disappointed in. Perhaps because I was expecting so much from it. Climbing Kilimanjaro is something I could do, even with my fat body. I already know I would have the endurance for it. It's the altitude that might be an issue. Anyway, the book was great for African culture and learning more about Kilimanjaro. Of all the books in the series, this was the least dramatic and had the least plot. I've read "Into ...more
Julie
This is one of those books that I just wasn't that terribly impressed by, but I couldn't stop reading it. DJ is so annoying as a first person narrator, but he grew on me. I knew exactly what was going to happen ... the story is so transparent, but I kept reading anyway. I enjoyed learning about Kilimanjaro and the experience of hiking up the mountain. I was reminded of the book Banner in the Sky, which is better written, with meatier characters, but that book kept putting me to sleep. The book m ...more
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