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The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner
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Absoultely brilliant book. It is a very real, confronting but totally engaging story of Aaron, a teenager with a troubled past who leaves school for a job opportunity in a funeral parlour. This unlikely experience leads him to kindness, friendship and acceptance, and forces him to confront confused memories from his past which haunt his dreams, to see if he can move beyond them or not. This is currently Ms Hollis's joint favourite library book along with 'The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian'. The funeral parlour aspect does bring some quite shocking descriptions of the dead, but treats the whole subject with respect and is really enlightening. I'd recommend it to 15+/mature readers, in particular for anyone who loves a well-crafted story about trying to overcome life's challenges and find a place in the world.

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