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Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
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May 04, 11

bookshelves: high-school-books, middle-school-books, fantasy

The first time I read this book, I thought, "Here's a book to give to a student who is looking for something like 'The Lovely Bones' and it will work for middle schoolers as well as high school students." I just reread it to prepare for next year's Battle of the Books, and realize that it works for adults with aging relatives who are returning to their childhoods, too. Liz is almost 16 years old when she is hit by a taxi and dies. She finds herself Elsewhere, with everyone else who has died, including her grandmother Betty, who she never met in life. In Elsewhere everyone ages in reverse until infancy, when they are released to be reborn as someone new. This is a story in which the characters are dead, but the theme is life.
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