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Elsewhere Paperback – 5 Jun 2006

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (5 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074757720X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747577201
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 103 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A work of powerful beauty. This inventive novel slices right to the bone of human yearning, offering up an indelible vision of life and death as equally rich sides of the same coin."-"Booklist," Starred Review "With an intriguing and well-developed premise, thoughtful characterization, and refreshing style, Zevin's poignant novel rewards readers with a view of death that celebrates the rich complexities of being alive."-"The Horn Book," Starred Review "Intriguing. Surely guides readers through the bumpy landscape of strongly delineated characters dealing with the most difficult issue that faces all of us. Provides much to think about and discuss."-"School Library Journal," Starred Review "Zevin's touch is marvelously light even as she considers profundities, easily moving among humor, wisdom and lyricism. . . . No plot synopsis can convey what a rich, wise spell this book casts."-"The New York "A work of powerful beauty. This inventive novel slices right to the bone of human yearning, offering up an indelible vision of life and death as equally rich sides of the same coin."--"Booklist," Starred Review "With an intriguing and well-developed premise, thoughtful characterization, and refreshing style, Zevin's poignant novel rewards readers with a view of death that celebrates the rich complexities of being alive."--"The Horn Book," Starred Review "Intriguing. Surely guides readers through the bumpy landscape of strongly delineated characters dealing with the most difficult issue that faces all of us. Provides much to think about and discuss."--"School Library Journal," Starred Review "Zevin's touch is marvelously light even as she considers profundities, easily moving among humor, wisdom and lyricism. . . . No plot synopsis can convey what a rich, wise spell this book casts."--"The New York Times Book Review" ""Elsewhere" is a funny, fast-paced, and fascinating novel. The concept is completely out there and yet the emotions are so weirdly realistic. I loved reading the story of Liz's life (death?)."--Carolyn Mackler, author of "The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things" and "Vegan Virgin Valentine" "An unusual premise and a thoughtful treatment make Zevin's first effort at writing for young adults a success. Will captivate teens ready for a thought-provoking read. Hopeful and engaging."--"Kirkus Reviews"" ""Funny and pensive, happy and heartbreaking. Readers from a broad range of beliefs will find this a quirky and touching exploration of the Great Beyond."--"The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"" ""Fascinating. Zevin, in her first novel for youngpeople, bends the laws of physics and biology to create an intricately imagined world."--"Publishers Weekly"" ""A fun and thought-provoking page-turner. Readers . . . will relish Zevin's lively imagination and her fast-moving plot. Buy this book for them."--"VOYA"" ""Great humor and speculation, on pets as well as people."--"Chicago Tribune" "Zevin presents an intriguing concept of the afterlife in her first novel for young adults."--"Cleveland Plain Dealer" (paperback edition review) "A charming story about growing up, "Elsewhere" encourages the reader to look toward the future and to expect the unexpected."--"Armchair Interviews" (paperback edition) "Zevin presents an intriguing concept of the afterlife in her first novel for young adults."--"Cleveland Plain Dealer" (paperback edition review) ""Elsewhere "is a funny, fast-paced, and fascinating novel. The concept is completely out there and yet the emotions are so weirdly realistic. I loved reading the story of Liz's life (death?)." -- Carolyn Mackler, author of "The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things "and "Vegan Virgin Valentine" "" "A work of powerful beauty. This inventive novel slices right to the bone of human yearning, offering up an indelible vision of life and death as equally rich sides of the same coin." -- Starred, "Booklist" "" "With an intriguing and well-developed premise, thoughtful characterization, and refreshing style, Zevin's poignant novel rewards readers with a view of death that celebrates the rich complexities of being alive." -- Starred, "The Horn Book" "" "Intriguing. Surely guides readers through the bumpy landscape of strongly delineated characters dealing with the most difficult issue that faces all of us. Provides much to think about and discuss." -- Starred, "School Library Journal" "" "An unusual premise and a thoughtful treatment make Zevin's first effort at writing for young adults a success. Will captivate teens ready for a thought-provoking read. Hopeful and engaging." -- "Kirkus Reviews" "" "Funny and pensive, happy and heartbreaking. Readers from a broad range of beliefs will find this a quirky and touching exploration of the Great Beyond." -- "The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books " "" "Fascinating. Zevin, in her first novel for young people, bends the laws of physics and biologyto create an intricately imagined world." -- "Publishers Weekly" "" "A fun and thought-provoking page-turner. Readers ... will relish Zevin's lively imagination and her fast-moving plot. Buy this book for them." -- "VOYA" "" "Zevin's touch is marvelously light even as she considers profundities, easily moving among humor, wisdom and lyricism. . . .No plot synopsis can convey what a rich, wise spell this book casts." -- "The New York Times Book Review" "" "Great humor and speculation, on pets as well as people." --"Chicago Tribune" ""Elsewhere "is a funny, fast-paced, and fascinating novel. The concept is completely out there and yet the emotions are so weirdly realistic. I loved reading the story of Liz's life (death?)." -- Carolyn Mackler, author of "The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things "and "Vegan Virgin Valentine" "" "A work of powerful beauty. This inventive novel slices right to the bone of human yearning, offering up an indelible vision of life and death as equally rich sides of the same coin." -- Starred, "Booklist" "" "With an intriguing and well-developed premise, thoughtful characterization, and refreshing style, Zevin's poignant novel rewards readers with a view of death that celebrates the rich complexities of being alive." -- Starred, "The Horn Book" "" "Intriguing. Surely guides readers through the bumpy landscape of strongly delineated characters dealing with the most difficult issue that faces all of us. Provides much to think about and discuss." -- Starred, "School Library Journal" "" "An unusual premise and a thoughtful treatment make Zevin's first effort at writing for young adults a success. Will captivate teens ready for a thought-provoking read. Hopeful and engaging." -- "Kirkus Reviews" "" "Funny and pensive, happy and heartbreaking. Readers from a broad range of beliefs will find this a quirky and touching exploration of the Great Beyond." -- "The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books " "" "Fascinating. Zevin, in her first novel for young people, bends the laws of physics and biology to create an intricately imagined world." -- "Publishers Weekly" "" "A fun and thought-provoking page-turner. Readers ... will relish Zevin'slively imagination and her fast-moving plot. Buy this book for them." -- "VOYA" "" "Zevin's touch is marvelously light even as she considers profundities, easily moving among humor, wisdom and lyricism. . . .No plot synopsis can convey what a rich, wise spell this book casts." -- "The New York Times Book Review" "" "Great humor and speculation, on pets as well as people." --"Chicago Tribune" "This book is amazing: centered around death without being morbid, it's about moving on with your life." --A YALSA Teen YA Galley Reader "It's a fun read that you will keep thinking about long after you've finished the last page." --A YALSA Teen YA Galley Reader "It's an unexpectedly 'feel good' book, and makes the reader feel like those who have died aren't ever gone." --A YALSA Teen YA Galley Reader "This books steps out of the trend and stands on its own. What an original concept." --A YALSA Teen YA Galley Reader ""Elsewhere is a funny, fast-paced, and fascinating novel. The concept is completely out there and yet the emotions are so weirdly realistic. I loved reading the story of Liz's life (death?)." -- Carolyn Mackler, author of "The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things and "Vegan Virgin Valentine " "A work of powerful beauty. This inventive novel slices right to the bone of human yearning, offering up an indelible vision of life and death as equally rich sides of the same coin." -- Starred, "Booklist " "With an intriguing and well-developed premise, thoughtful characterization, and refreshing style, Zevin's poignant novel rewards readers with a view of death that celebrates the rich complexities of being alive." -- Starred, "The Horn Book " "Intriguing. Surely guides readers through the bumpy landscape of strongly delineated characters dealing with the most difficult issue that faces all of us. Provides much to think about and discuss." -- Starred, "School Library Journal " "An unusual premise and a thoughtful treatment make Zevin's first effort at writing for young adults a success. Will captivate teens ready for a thought-provoking read. Hopeful and engaging." -- "Kirkus Reviews " "Funny and pensive, happy and heartbreaking. Readers from a broad range of beliefs will find this a quirky and touching exploration of the Great Beyond." -- "The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books " "Fascinating. Zevin, in her first novel for young people, bends the laws of physics and biology to create an intricately imagined world." -- "Publishers Weekly " "A fun and thought-provoking page-turner. Readers ... will relish Zevin's lively imaginationand her fast-moving plot. Buy this book for them." -- "VOYA " "Zevin's touch is marvelously light even as she considers profundities, easily moving among humor, wisdom and lyricism. . . .No plot synopsis can convey what a rich, wise spell this book casts." -- "The New York Times Book Review " "Great humor and speculation, on pets as well as people." --"Chicago Tribune

Synopsis

How do you describe "Elsewhere"? This is a novel so astoundingly original and carefully crafted that its complexities become common place and the common place resounds with poetry. In this delightful novel death is a beginning, a new start. Liz is killed in a hit a run accident and her 'life' takes a very unexpected turn. At nearly sixteen she knows she will never get married, never have children, and perhaps never fall in love. But in "Elsewhere" all things carry on almost as they did on earth except that the inhabitants get younger, dogs and humans can communicate (at last) new relationships are formed and old ones sadly interrupted on earth are renewed. Full of the most ingenious detail and woven around the most touching and charming relationships this is a novel of hope, of redemption and re-birth. It is a novel that tells of sadness with heart-breaking honesty and of love and happiness with uplifting brilliance.

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