After Eli

After Eli

Book - 2012
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When Daniel's brother Eli is killed at war, Daniel considers the history of unusual fatalities to determine what makes a death -- or a life -- matter.

Some people die heroically, others accidentally. When Daniel Anderson's older brother dies, he wonders which category Eli's death falls into. In an attempt to understand, Danny creates a Book of the Dead -- an old binder that he fills with details about dead people, how they died, and, most important, for what purpose. Time passes, and eventually Daniel is prompted to look up from his notebook of death and questions to make new friends and be swept into their imaginings. With gentle humor and genuine emotion, Rebecca Rupp examines the questions that arise following a profound loss and the moments that start life rolling again.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick, 2012.
ISBN: 9780763658106
Branch Call Number: J RUP

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Nothing compares to the loss of a sibling, and for Eli, he knows this all too well. When his brother dies at war, young Eli must face the painful aftermath. A powerful and touching story of loss, the novel authentically addresses issues of moving forward after a devastating loss. An ideal story f... Read More »


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Jul 26, 2018

It took me a couple chapters to really enjoy this book, but by the end I was so glad I picked it up. Some lovely characters.

i LOVED this book! it is breath-taking and captivating; couldn't put it down!

rdl727 Jun 01, 2013

Young teenager Dan and his family are having an extremely difficult time coping with the death of Dan's older brother Eli. Dan has created a Book of the Dead that has the names of people (famous and not) who have died, when and how they died, and more importantly, why they died. This story is not as morbid as it seems. It also chronicles a summer in which Dan meets and fall in love with a beautiful, mesmerizing, visiting New Yorker and befriends Wally, a brilliant nerd that Dan and his old gang have been bullying for years. It's a busy summer for Dan as he searches for closure, hopes for love, and discovers for himself how to keep a friend and be one. Very good book about bereavement in all its' stages and the journey of self-discovery.

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