After Eli by Rebecca Rupp

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Some people die heroically, others accidentally. When Daniel Anderson’s older brother dies, he wonders which category Eli’s death falls into. In an attempt to understand, Danny creates a Book of the Dead — an old binder that he fills with details about dead people, how they died, and, most important, for what purpose. Time passes, and eventually Daniel is prompted to look up from his notebook of death and questions to make new friends and be swept into their imaginings. With gentle humor and genuine emotion, Rebecca Rupp examines the questions that arise following a profound loss and the moments that start life rolling again.

About Rebecca Rupp

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Rebecca Rupp is the beloved author of more than a dozen books for young readers, among them The Dragon of Lonely Island, Sarah Simpson's Rules for Living, and Octavia Boone's Big Questions About Life, the Universe, and Everything. She and her family live in Swanton, Vermont.
Published August 14, 2012 by Candlewick. 256 pages
Genres: War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But in the course of an idyllic summer spent with the beautiful Isabelle and her younger twin siblings, visiting from New York, Danny comes to terms with his brother’s death, finds a new, true friend in his dorky, formerly despised classmate Walter, and discovers that working on an organic farm i...

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Daniel, a wry and thoughtful narrator, looks back on the summer when he was 14, three years after his older brother, Eli, died in Iraq at age 22.

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"After Eli" is a fun, humorous, and enlightening novel not just for young readers but readers of all ages.

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