Tell Me Everything by Carolyn Coman

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Up until five months ago, Roz, 12, and her mother, Ellie, lived a secluded, spiritual life together in the mountains. When Ellie suddenly dies trying to rescue a lost hiker, Roz moves in with her uncle Mike, a solitary Vietnam veteran. She floats through school—it means nothing to her. Lacking her mother's religious convictions, the girl struggles to understand death and her feelings of desertion. She is driven to find the boy Ellie lost her life for, and when she does, she demands that he tell her everything he knows about the incident-which turns out to be almost nothing.
 

About Carolyn Coman

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Carolyn Coman is the author of What Jamie Saw, winner of a Newbery Honor, among other highly acclaimed novels. She lives in New Hampshire.
 
Published January 24, 2010 by namelos. 166 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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In the end, Roz takes charge of her own trauma: catching a bus to New Jersey, she confronts a reluctant Nate (his dad fears a lawsuit) and finds that he knows little more about Ellie's death than she does (it's implied, but never stated, that it might have been suicide).

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Coman's first novel has a plot so strong that it virtually tells itself, and prose so articulate that a multitude of emotions almost overwhelms the reader. In the opening scene, 12-year-old Roz respon

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In a starred review, PW wrote that this first novel ""has a plot so strong that it virtually tells itself, and prose so articulate that a multitude of emotions almost overwhelms the reader."" Ages 10-14.

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Most powerful of all is Roz's remembered relationship with her mother, the victim of a violent crime (rape by Roz's unknown father) whose refuge in spirituality earned her the scorn of her community.

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