Everlost by Neal Shusterman
(Skinjacker Trilogy)

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Nick and Allie don't survive the car accident...

...but their souls don't exactly get where they're supposed to get either. Instead, they're caught halfway between life and death, in a sort of limbo known as Everlost: a shadow of the living world, filled with all the things and places that no onger exist. It's a magical, yet dangerous place where bands of lost children run wild and anyone who stands in the same place too long sinks to the center of the Earth.

When they find Mary, the self-proclaimed queen of lost kids, Nick feels like he he's found a home, but allie isn't satisfied spending eternity between worlds. Against all warnings, Allie begins learning the "Criminal Art" of haunting, and ventures into dangerous territory, where a monster called the McGill threatens all the souls of Everlost.

In this imaginative novel, Neal Shusterman explores questions of life, death, and what just might lie in between.

About Neal Shusterman

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Neal Shusterman, New York Times bestselling author, has written more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including Full Tilt, The Skinjacker Trilogy (Everlost, Everwild, and Everfound), Unwind, UnWholly, Bruiser, and The Schwa Was Here, which won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for fiction. Several of his books are now in development as feature films. Neal lives in Southern California when he’s not travelling the globe, and can be found online at Storyman.com.
Published June 20, 2008 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 385 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Death isn’t an easy subject to write about, but Shusterman handles it deftly, as he explores what happens to two children who are “lost” on their way “towards the light.” Nick and Allie have never met, but both are involved in a fatal car accident.

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Allie's flight from Mary's kingdom of "perfect routines," and her attempt to rescue Nick and Lief from a six-year-old spectral gangster lead her into a conflict with the monstrous McGill (with "sharp, three-fingered talons for hands,...

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Overall, I give Everlost… Plot - 4 bookmarks Character development - 4 1/2 bookmarks Fantasy elements - 4 1/2 bookmarks Villains - 4 1/2 bookmarks Humor - 4 bookmarks Dream cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Elle Fanning (Allie), BooBoo Stewart (Nick), Ivana Baquero (M...

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Nick is more sanguine - he's looking for comfort and safety, and it seems to him that Mary Hightower, who takes care of Afterlights in Everlost's ghostly passed-on World Trade Towers, might offer the security he needs...

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As they struggle to make sense of their new reality, and find a purpose in Everlost, they are captured, outsmarted, but find their gifts and their purpose.

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Night Owl Teen

Everlost is a limbo, a middle place between life and death.

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The Trades

Nick is enamored with Mary, but Allie begins to realize there's something wrong with Mary's philosophy when she notices that children play the same games every day, ending with the same scores and the same arguments.

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