Elsewhere

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A&C Black, 2006 - Children's stories - 273 pages
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'Elsewhere' is about the redemptive power of love. When Linz finds herself in a bank bad aboard de SS Nile she thinks she must be dreaming. How else to explain the stranger in the top bunk and the appearance of an oddly precocious seven-year-old dressed as the capitain? When she eventually desembarks she is greeted by her grandmother, Betty, who died before Liz was born. Gradually, Liz comes to understand that she's dead, killed in a hit-and-run accident - she's now living in Elsewhere where no one grows older, only younger until they eventually return to Earth to be born. But admitting it is one thing, acceptance quite another. Liz refuses to get to know her new world, adamant that she wants her old life back, and watches her old world from the Observation Deck at every opportunity. When she gathers her courage and try to take the only route back to Earth, she mets Owen and, with the help of her new friend Sadie, the loveable mutt, begins to see that she's made a new beginning after all.
 

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User Review  - jolerie - LibraryThing

If you have to be dead, it is better to be somewhere, anywhere, than nowhere at all. Page 35 Death came as a surprise and a shock to fifteen year old Lizzie. Just when she thought her life was about ... Read full review

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User Review  - elizabeth.b.bevins - LibraryThing

This is a sweet thoughtful story about what it means to live. I appreciated the uniqueness of the premise. Elsewhere is a study of a life lived backwards. It is always refreshing to find a story line ... Read full review

Contents

In the
1
In Memory of Elizabeth Iarie Hall
21
Welcome to Elsewhere
37
Waking
55
Last Words
77
Lucky Cab
105
Sadie
124
A Piece of String
145
Arrivals
184
The Sneaker Clause
202
To Earth
211
At the Bottom of the Ocean in the Land Between
219
Time Passes
233
The Change
253
ChHdhood
261
What Liz Thinks
268

A IVlystery
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Gabrielle Zevin was born in New York City on October 24, 1977. She received a degree in English and American literature from Harvard University in 2000. She has written both adult and young adult novels. Her debut, Margarettown, was a selection of the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers program. Her other works include The Hole We're In, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, and The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. Her young adult novel Elsewhere was an American Library Association Notable Children's Book. She has also written for the New York Times Book Review and NPR's All Things Considered. She is the screenwriter of Conversations with Other Women starring Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award Nomination. In 2009, she and director Hans Canosa adapted her novel Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac into the Japanese film, Dareka ga Watashi ni Kiss wo Shita.

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