Behind You

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Penguin, Dec 28, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 160 pages
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A moving story of love and loss from a three-time Newbery winning author

You are so light you move with the wind and the snow. . . . And it lifts you up-over a world of sadness and anger and fear. Over a world of first kisses and hands touching and someone you're falling in love with. She's there now. Right there. . . .

Miah and Ellie were in love. Even though Miah was black and Ellie was white, they made sense together. Then Miah was killed. This was the ending.

And it was the beginning of grief for the many people who loved Miah. Now his mother has stopped trying, his friends are lost and Ellie doesn't know how to move on. And there is Miah, watching all of this&150unable to let go.

How do we go on after losing someone we love? This is the question the living and the dead are asking.

With the help of each other, the living will come together. Miah will sit beside them. They will feel Miah in the wind, see him in the light, hear him in their music. And Miah will watch over them, until he is sure each of those he loved is all right.

This beautiful sequel to Jacqueline Woodson's If You Come Softly explores the experiences of those left behind after tragedy. It is a novel in which through hope, understanding and love, healing begins.
  

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Review: Behind You (If You Come Softly #2)

User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

This amazing book is timely, insightful, and impossible to put down once you begin. Students to whom I have suggested it are also enthralled. Read full review

Review: Behind You (If You Come Softly #2)

User Review  - Goodreads

This amazing book is timely, insightful, and impossible to put down once you begin. Students to whom I have suggested it are also enthralled. Read full review

Contents

Jeremiah
Ellie
Nelia
Norman Roselind
Jeremiah
Desire Viola Roselind
Ellie
Carlton
Ellie
Desire Viola Roselind
Ellie
Jeremiah
Carlton
Kennedy
Norman Roselind
Ellie

Norman Roselind
Nelia
Carlton
Jeremiah
Kennedy
Carlton
Kennedy
Nelia
Ellie
Jeremiah

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About the author (2006)

Jacqueline Woodson was awarded Newbery honors for her books Feathers and Show Way and was a National Book Award finalist for her books Hush and Locomotion; the latter also received a Coretta Scott King Honor, as did her books I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This and From the Notebooks Of Melanin Sun. Miracle's Boys won the Coretta Scott King Award.