ElsewhereBook - 2007
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 by Gabrielle Zevin is a 2006 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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mauve_ant_91 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 27
Elizabeth Neilson thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 16
indigo_squirrel_11 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over
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CONTINUED 'What's she saying?' Betty asks Liz. 'Sadie says she's named after some Beatles song," Liz translates. 'Oh sure, I know that song.' Betty sings, " ' Sexy Sadie, what have you done?" Or something like that, right?" 'That's the song!' Sadie says. 'That's exactly it!' She places a paw on Betty's shoulder. "Betty you're a genius!' Sadie barks a few bars of the song. Liz laughs again, a pretty, twinkly laugh. 'What a lovely laugh you have, Liz,' Betty says. 'I'm not sure I've ever heard it before.' "
" When Liz leaves work that night, Sadie follows her to Betty's car. 'Who's this?' Betty asks. 'This is Sadie,' Liz says. And then she lowers her voice. 'Is it all right?' Sadie looks expectantly at Betty. Betty smiles. 'Seems like Sadie's already made up her mind' Sadie licks Betty's face. 'Oy! Welcome to the family, Sadie. I'm Betty.' 'Hi, Betty!' Sadie hops into the backseat. 'Did I tell you that I was named for a Beatles song? My full name's Sexy Sadie, actually, but you don't have to call me Sexy unless you want to. I mean, it's a little presumptuous, don't you think?' CONTINUED
"By the way, you do speak Canine don't you?"
"Canine?" asks Liz. "What's Canine?"
"Canine is the language of dogs. Dear me, you don't mean to say that they still aren't teaching it in Earth schools?" Aldous seems truly horrified at the possibility.
Liz shakes her head.
"A pity," says Aldous, "as Canine is one of our most beautiful languages. Did you know that there are over three hundred words for 'love' in Canine?"
Liz thinks of her sweet Lucy back on Earth. "I believe it," Liz says.”
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Liz Hall is 15, but she dies, hit by a car. She wakes up later in a boat, the SS Nile, which takes her to another place, or Elsewhere. There she finds her grandmother, who died 16 years earlier. She learns that there she will age backwards from 15, until she is a baby again and is sent to Earth to begin a new life. Liz learns to let go of her life on Earth and enjoy the time she has in Elsewhere.
A teen dies and finds herself on a boat travelling to an unknown shore and a new "life".
Elsewhere is where 15-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.