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By Gabrielle Zevin
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Publisher Description

From the author of the Birthright series comes Gabrielle Zevin's Elsewhere, a moving, often funny young adult novel about grief, death, and loss that will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.

Is it possible to grow up while getting younger?

Welcome to Elsewhere. It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous. It's quiet and peaceful. You can't get sick or any older. Curious to see new paintings by Picasso? Swing by one of Elsewhere's museums. Need to talk to someone about your problems? Stop by Marilyn Monroe's psychiatric practice.

Elsewhere is where fifteen-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died. It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different. Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth. But Liz wants to turn sixteen, not fourteen again. She wants to get her driver's license. She wants to graduate from high school and go to college. And now that she's dead, Liz is being forced to live a life she doesn't want with a grandmother she has only just met. And it is not going well. How can Liz let go of the only life she has ever known and embrace a new one? Is it possible that a life lived in reverse is no different from a life lived forward?

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin is a 2006 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

90 Reviews

“Wow. This book went above and beyond every single expectation I could’ve had, and believe me when I say that this book is different. The concept is unbelievably interesting and the way it was written is very addicting and I loved every aspect of it. This unique book tells the story of the afterlife of a girl who dies at fifteen. This is all you need to know going into it, after that the pages just turn themselves, trust me.”
“I love love love this book! I have read it only twice, but I want to read it again and again! Such a cute story!”
“Excellent story about life. After reading it, it made me really think about what we really have in life.”
“The premise of this book is that when we die, we go to Elsewhere where we age backwards until we reach babyhood, at which point we are returned to Earth to live another life. It's an interesting idea that is unfortunately applied inconsistently here, to the detriment of the story. In some cases, the aging backward is portrayed as being only physical level, with emotional maturity at least staying constant, if not increasing as the years go on. As the main characters return to young childhood, though, they are portrayed as both looking and acting their "age." This discrepancy wouldn't have bothered me so much except that relative age becomes an issue in the relationships between some of the characters.”
“Overall I liked this book. The idea was really good and I was extremely excited to read. I just thought that the relationship between Liz and Owen was a little strange. It really didn't develop much and I was confused as to how Owen could just leave his wife that he 'loved' so much so quickly. I found liz a little whiney and annoying and the only characters I really liked were Betty and Thandi.”

About Gabrielle Zevin

Gabrielle Zevin is the New York Times and internationally best-selling author of several critically acclaimed novels, including The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, which is now a motion picture, and Young Jane Young. Her most recent novel is Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, one of the best books of the year, according to the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, Entertainment Weekly, the Atlantic, Oprah Daily, Slate, NPR, the Hollywood Reporter, and many other outlets. Her novels have been translated into forty languages. She lives in Los Angeles.

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