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Book Of Living And Dying Mass Market Paperback – Aug 3 2006

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Trophy Canada; 1 edition (Aug. 3 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006393500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006393504
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,276,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

SARAH WAGNER can tell her brother is there before she even sees him. There is the lingering odour of earth and rain, and then he appears, sitting at the foot of her bed, as if everything was perfectly normal. Except John is dead.

Sarah is grieving—and scared. Desperately seeking help, she turns to her best friend, Donna, an angry girl on the fringe of society, and Michael, the dark and mysterious boy in her class, and is thrust on a journey into the mystical realm of the occult. But plagued by headaches and falling into a deepening chasm of drugs and alcohol, Sarah no longer knows what is real and what isn’t. In a climax that is both shocking and satisfying, The Book of Living and Dying proves to be an astonishing YA novel.

Author Natale Ghent creates a gritty teen reality with both sensitivity and unflinching honesty—a multi-layered and mature exploration of life and death, loss and salvation.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Natale Ghent is an award-winning journalist and the author of No Small Thing, soon to be published by Candlewick Press in the US and Walker Books in the UK. Recently nominated for the Silver Birch Award, No Small Thing became a Top Ten Spring Book Pick by Susan Perren at The Globe and Mail and was shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year for Children Award. Her first novel, Piper, was chosen for several "best of" lists, including Our Choice 2001, the Canadian Children's Book Centre's annual guide to children's literature, and the Pennsylvania School Library Association's Young Adult Top Forty. Born in Brookfield, Illinois, Natale Ghent moved to Canada as a small child. She lives with her family in Toronto.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By bookworm on Jan. 5 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was amazing. I loved how the author had so much going on. Usually with books like this I end up just skimming them to find out what happens. But this time, I was so drawn in by Sarah, Michael and the whole cast that I had to digest every word.
There were layers upon layers of detail. There is so much to be learned from this book. The author hooks the reader and yanks you into the storyline, whether you had planned to be interested in this book or not. Sarah is scared out of her mind, not only with grief or from seeing her dead brother's ghost, but because she doesn't know what is happening to her. She doesn't know how to escape the downward spiral of drug use and alchoholism, that she uses to escape from reality and "drown her sorrows" as it is commonly put. I would recommend this book to 13+. (Mature subjects)(Adults, don't put it down as a children's book. It is just so well written that you will most certainly enjoy it.)
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A favourite June 11 2006
By julie - Published on
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up because it looked slightly interesting, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's more mature than most teen novels, with a story and a twist that will send chills up your spine.
A Little Out There Aug. 23 2014
By Sydney Miller - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Very good up until quite a confusing ending. I will say I enjoyed it, but did not fully understand what happened.

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