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Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls
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Jan 26, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: coping-with-loss, grades-5-8, middle-school-boys
Read in January, 2012

This is a great book, if you can pull yourself through all the sadness. 11-year-old Sam has Leukemia. He knows that he doesn’t have much chance of ever becoming a teenager. But he has a head full of wishes for the future – dreams and discoveries and to-do lists. Anything to keep him connected to whatever is left of his life.

He also has questions. “How do you know that you’ve died?” “Does it hurt to die?” His brash, funny, terminally ill friend, Felix, helps Sam to seek out answers and pursue his dreams.

Another plus, Sam has a wonderful true literary voice. Favorite moments include the escalator, the airship, and the apple tree climb. This is bound to be one of the best books I’ll read all year.
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