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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.
New Jersey Garden State Teen Book Award, Georgia Peach Book Award Master List, School Library Best Books of the Year, ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List, Delaware Blue Hen Book Master List, Wyoming Soaring Eagle Book Award ML, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, Booklist Editors' Choice, IRA Young Adult Choices, ALA Notable Children's Books, Virginia Young Readers Award Master List, Amazon.com Top 10 Editor's Picks: Teens, TN Intermed Volunt State Book Award ML, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, CT Nutmeg Children's Book Award, Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice
ELSEWHERE (chapter 1)
Elizabeth Hall wakes in a strange bed in a strange room with the strange feeling that her sheets are trying to smother her.
Liz (who is Elizabeth to her teachers; Lizzie at home, except when she's in trouble;...