Death Benefits

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Orca Book Publishers, Oct 1, 2010 - Young Adult Fiction - 224 pages
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Royce (aka Rolly) is having a bad year. Not only has his mother dragged him across the country in order to be close to her aged father Arthur, a celebrated cellist, but he's also recovering from mono. When he convinces his mother to let him finish the school year by correspondence, he's left feeling isolated and lonely, and spends his time watching TV and plotting ways to get back to his friends in Nova Scotia. But before his plans can be implemented, his grandfather has a small stroke. Suddenly Arthur needs more care than Royce's mother can provide and, after a couple of hired care aides quit, Royce is pressed into service.

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This is a very good book, it may start off slow at the very start but the author is just taking his time to really explain the characters but this is what really makes the book. If you stick through and read it to the end i can almost guarantee you will live this book. 5 stars for me.

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Death Benefits is a book that is good in its own way. It is about a boy named Royce who is down on his luck. He has just moved to a new town and he hates everything about it. In my opinion the theme of the book is that some time in life you have to do stuff you don’t want to do. I say this because Royce has to take care of his grumpy grandfather. What the author did really well is that she wrote the book like a real teen would have told it. Some thing I read I could relate to it from my life. I would recommend this book to anyone who like drama. 

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About the author (2010)

Sarah N. Harvey is the author of eight books for children and young adults. Some of her books have been translated into Korean, German and Slovenian, none of which she speaks or reads. Her novel, The Lit Report, has been optioned for a feature film. She will not be in it. Sarah works as an editor in Victoria, British Columbia, where she is determined to learn how to salsa dance, speak Italian and overcome her fear of flying (in no particular order).

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