Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Between Heaven and Earth” as Want to Read:
Between Heaven and Earth
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Between Heaven and Earth (Seven #1)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  821 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
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)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Between Heaven and Earth, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Between Heaven and Earth

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Martin lyon
Jun 05, 2013 Martin lyon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 06, 2017 Mycoton32 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

16/20 - Un joli voyage aussi bien physique que spirituel en compagnie des personnages !!
Lucas S
Jan 21, 2014 Lucas S rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: redmaple2014
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.
Jan 03, 2013 Missy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
I first heard about the Seven Series after I invited one of its authors (Sigmund Brouwer) to speak to the school I am currently teaching at.

The premise is quite interesting...a grandfather dies, and in his will he gives a letter describing a task for each of his seven grandsons to complete. Seven authors each write one of the grandsons stories.

In this book, Between Heaven and Earth, the story focuses on the oldest grandson, 17 year old DJ. The grandfather has asked DJ to climb Mount Kilimanjar
Feb 08, 2013 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 03, 2016 Khairu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very fast read. This a story about DJ. His grandfather before dying left 7 letters for his 7 grandchildren. Each letter had a task for them to fulfill. DJ is the 7th grandson whose task was to go to climb Kilimanjaro and shatter his grandfathers ashes. Entire journey from Toronto to Tanzania is great.

Along with DJ, even we get to learn some Swahili words. New Language. Learning is everywhere.

There are 7 books in this series written by 7 different authors describing 7 grandsons 7 tasks.

DJ was
Jan 21, 2014 Caleb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: red-maple-2014
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
Oct 15, 2013 Shonna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
James Tucker
Mar 24, 2017 James Tucker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Describe the book in five words:Can't put the book down
Favourite character: My favourite characters is DJ(David Junior)
What I liked:Description
Yes I would recommend it
Sydney Pahl
Mar 19, 2017 Sydney Pahl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story. It is very easy to get through I read it in about 3 hours. It had a good message with this book and was interesting to read. I'm glad I read it. I did find DJ the main character I little bit stuck up and cocky in the first half of the book but towards the end he was much better. Doris was definitely my favourite character. Overall I would give this book 4/5 stars. I would give it 4.5 but that's not really an option ok good reads so... yh
Noah Mccoy
Oct 24, 2013 Noah Mccoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alexander Hobbs
Feb 27, 2017 Alexander Hobbs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cool.
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
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
Nov 28, 2016 Usman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the tragic death of DJ’s grandfather DJ’s mission straight from his late grandfather, he was told to take his grandfather’s ashes up to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Mount Kilimanjaro was a place he never got to even though DJ flew over it because he was going to a family trip or a game with his team, the mountain was in Tanzania Africa, which was a very far from where DJ lived. That's exactly why DJ thought his grandfather chose him to do the job because he was an all-star athlete and ...more
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
Shonna Froebel
Feb 08, 2014 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 17, 2014 Lexi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nicola Mansfield
Oct 13, 2013 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 14, 2017 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*coming tomorrow, because I really need to sleep... yelp*
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
Ethan Eyberg
Sep 28, 2015 Ethan Eyberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David, or D.J’s Grandfather died. D.J and all of his cousins are given tasks to learn more about their grandfathers true life and find out what nobody knew about his true potential. D.J, the oldest cousin is known all his life to be the bravest and most mature. But when it comes to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro his strengths are put to the test. D.J can’t stand being away from home, but also can’t stand letting his grandfather down. Will D.J come through on his task, or will he back down and let th ...more
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
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
Feb 02, 2013 Paula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 03, 2014 Aiyana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Devil's Pass (Seven, #6)
  • Lost Cause (Seven, #2)
  • Jump Cut (Seven, #3)
  • Last Message (Seven, #7)
  • Close to the Heel (Seven, #5)
  • Ink Me (Seven, #4)
  • My Name Is Parvana (The Breadwinner, #4)
  • Counting Back From Nine
  • Running on Empty
  • The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
  • The Tiffin
  • Dragon Seer's Gift
  • The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden
  • Pieces of Me
  • Apparition, (Apparition #1)
  • Baygirl
  • The Last Free Cat
  • Chance to Dance for You
Eric was born in Toronto in 1957, which makes him "real old". But, as Eric says, "Just because I have to grow old doesn't mean that I have to grow up!" In his many roles as parent, teacher, social worker, youth sports coach and writer he is in constant contact with children and young adults. He draws from these experiences and feels that this helps him to capture the realistic interaction between ...more
More about Eric Walters...

Other Books in the Series

Seven (7 books)
  • Lost Cause (Seven, #2)
  • Jump Cut (Seven, #3)
  • Ink Me (Seven, #4)
  • Close to the Heel (Seven, #5)
  • Devil's Pass (Seven, #6)
  • Last Message (Seven, #7)

Share This Book

“strangers were just people he hadn’t become friends with yet.” 2 likes
More quotes…