All That Remains by Bruce Brooks

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Cousins conspire to circumvent state burial laws when their beloved aunt dies of AIDS, and come up with a fiendishly clever plan to keep her out of a pauper's grave.

A slick teen takes his very unhip cousin under his wing -- to make a man of him -- after reluctantly making a promise to his dying uncle to do so, and finds out a lot about being true to oneself in the meantime.

A trio of golfers must take on a fourth player -- a girl, no less -- who surprises them by having a fabulous drive, despite the fact that she refuses to take off her backpack. But that doesn't begin to match their shock when they find out what her backpack contains. Can three strangers help her let go of her past? Is there magic in a foursome?

Astonishing, shocking, and mesmerizing, each story in this collection is singular unto itself, but they all work together in the exploration of how people react to tragedy when it strikes...and how they deal with what's left behind. A daring, thought-provoking collection as only two-time Newbery Honor award­winner Bruce Brooks could write it.

 

About Bruce Brooks

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Bruce Brooks plays golf as long as there is no stroke or time limit to his round, plays pick-up ice hockey as long as no speed or backskating is required, and has never made a sarcophagus. He has written over thirty books, fiction and nonfiction, and has won two Newbery Honor awards, for The Moves Make the Man and What Hearts. He has two sons, Alex and Spencer, and lives in in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published December 1, 2002 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 176 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Grim, funny, poignant, exciting, irreverent, heartening, heartbreaking, and inescapably thought-provoking, these three stories feature teenagers helping each other over rough spots with friendship and respect.

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Publishers Weekly

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In this trilogy of stories, teen protagonists contend with the "remains" of a recently deceased loved one.

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The state wants her buried in a "special graveyard for the 'unclean.' " However, determined to grant Judith's request for cremation, the three take matters into their own hands and, simultaneously, trick the authorities.

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Bruce Brooks' trademarks are his respect for intelligence, both that of the reader and of his characters, leading to the kind of subtle and clever dialogue more often seen on The West Wing than in children's books, and the wicked way he applies that intelligence to sports description.

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