Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

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Is it possible to grow up while getting younger?

Welcome to Elsewhere. It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous. It’s quiet and peaceful. You can’t get sick or any older. Curious to see new paintings by Picasso? Swing by one of Elsewhere’s museums. Need to talk to someone about your problems? Stop by Marilyn Monroe’s psychiatric practice.  Elsewhere is where fifteen-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died. It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different. Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth. But Liz wants to turn sixteen, not fourteen again. She wants to get her driver’s license. She wants to graduate from high school and go to college. And now that she’s dead, Liz is being forced to live a life she doesn’t want with a grandmother she has only just met. And it is not going well. How can Liz let go of the only life she has ever known and embrace a new one? Is it possible that a life lived in reverse is no different from a life lived forward? This moving, often funny book about grief, death, and loss will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned. Elsewhere is a 2006 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About Gabrielle Zevin

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Gabrielle Zevin is the author of Elsewhere and Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, as well as two books for adults, Margarettown and The Hole We're In. Of her writing, The New York Times Book Review said, “Zevin’s touch is marvelously light even as she considers profundities.” She lives in New York City.  
Published September 9, 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 304 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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An unusual premise and a thoughtful treatment make Zevin’s first effort at writing for young adults a success.

Sep 09 2005 | Read Full Review of Elsewhere

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"Elsewhere" is a place where practically anything — except death — can happen.

Dec 04 2005 | Read Full Review of Elsewhere

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Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin 288pp, Bloomsbury, £12.99 Tales of the afterlife vary according to the teller, and readers can take their pick.

Oct 29 2005 | Read Full Review of Elsewhere


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