ONE BOOK, ONE HOLLISTON: Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
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After fifteen-year-old Liz Hall is hit by a taxi and killed, she finds herself in a place that is both like and unlike Earth, where she must adjust to her new status and figure out how to "live." 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.
In Elsewhere Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth. But Liz wants to get her driver's license, 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. This moving, often funny book about grief, death, and loss will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned.
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