Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Elsewhere is by Gabrielle Zevin. When fifteen-year-old Liz Hall is hit by a taxi, she wakes up on a cruise ship and discovers she has died. She finds herself in Elsewhere. Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and can return to Earth. But Liz doesn't want to be dead, she wants to get her driver's license and have a boyfriend. She wants to make sure her dad gets the sweater she bought him for his birthday. She does not want to live with her grandmother and she does not want to be a baby again. Can Liz let go of her old life and embrace a new one? Is it possible that a life lived in reverse is no different from a life lived forward? This a strange, yet moving, look at growing up even when you're technically dead.

Ratings: 10th grade - 8 out of 10 - MP (mild profanity).

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