What Comes After

What Comes After

Book - 2011
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A gripping portrait of a teen's struggles through grief and abuse - and the miraculous power of animals to heal us.

After her veterinarian dad dies, sixteen-year-old Iris Wight must leave her beloved Maine to live on a North Carolina farm with her hardbitten aunt and a cousin she barely knows. Iris, a vegetarian and animal lover, immediately clashes with Aunt Sue, who mistreats the livestock, spends Iris's small inheritance, and thinks nothing of striking Iris for the smallest offense. Things come to a head when Iris sets two young goats free to save them from slaughter, and an enraged Aunt Sue orders her brutish son, Book, to beat Iris senseless - a horrific act that lands Book and his mother in jail. Sent to live with an offbeat foster family and their "dooking" ferrets, Iris must find a way to take care of the animals back at the farm, even if it means confronting Aunt Sue. Powerful and deeply moving, this compelling novel affirms the redemptive power of animals and the resilience of the human spirit.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9780763642501
Branch Call Number: YA WAT
Characteristics: 334 p. ; 22 cm.


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Nov 27, 2011

Shortly after Iris’s father dies, she must live on her Aunt Sue’s farm along with her cousin Book in North Carolina. Aunt Sue is the king of tough stubborn woman who wont take no for an answer but Iris is even more stubborn. When Aunt Sue’s goat gives birth to two young Billys, they are useless for milking and Aunt Sue says they are only good for meat. But Iris will do everything she can to save those goats because it’s the only thing she has left in the world. This book was an excellent realistic fiction teen read. It was really interesting to see the reaction of all the characters.

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