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Ways to Live Forever

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Publisher Comments:

In the wet-hanky tradition of A SUMMER TO DIE, it's impossible to finish this tearjerker with a dry eye.

1. My name is Sam.

2. I am eleven years old.

3. I collect stories and fantastic facts.

4. I have leukemia.

5. By the time you read this, I will probably be dead.

Living through the final stages of leukemia, Sam collects stories, questions, lists, and pictures that create a profoundly moving portrait of how a boy lives when he knows his time is almost up.

Review:

"This year's answer to 2007's Before I Die, this first novel written by a 23-year-old Brit likewise features a young narrator with incurable cancer — and, while it doesn't entirely escape the conventions of the dying-child novel, it skirts easy sentiment to confront the hard questions head-on, intelligently and realistically and with an enormous range of feeling. Sam, facing his third recurrence of leukemia at the age of 11, keeps a journal, and among his entries are facts, questions and lists: 'Questions Nobody Answers No. 1 — How do you know that you've died?'; 'True facts about coffins'; 'Why does God make kids get ill?' Sam starts out with a buddy, another terminally ill boy who shares Sam's sense of humor and who with Sam is taught by a visiting teacher ('No dying at the table, Felix,' she tells him in the opening scene when he is mocking melodramatic portrayals of 'the poor, frail child... struggling bravely'). How Sam and his family cope with Felix's death and Sam's own inevitable decline — ultimately, with humor, grace and generosity of spirit — will bring on tears; more impressively, it will also help readers address the hard questions for themselves. Ages 9 — 12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Living through the final stages of leukemia, Sam collects stories, questions, lists, and pictures that create a profoundly moving portrait of how a boy lives when he knows his time is almost up.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780545069489
Author:
Nicholls, Sally
Publisher:
Arthur A. Levine Books
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Situations / Death & Dying
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Death and Dying
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20080901
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 4 to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 224 pages Arthur A. Levine Books - English 9780545069489 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This year's answer to 2007's Before I Die, this first novel written by a 23-year-old Brit likewise features a young narrator with incurable cancer — and, while it doesn't entirely escape the conventions of the dying-child novel, it skirts easy sentiment to confront the hard questions head-on, intelligently and realistically and with an enormous range of feeling. Sam, facing his third recurrence of leukemia at the age of 11, keeps a journal, and among his entries are facts, questions and lists: 'Questions Nobody Answers No. 1 — How do you know that you've died?'; 'True facts about coffins'; 'Why does God make kids get ill?' Sam starts out with a buddy, another terminally ill boy who shares Sam's sense of humor and who with Sam is taught by a visiting teacher ('No dying at the table, Felix,' she tells him in the opening scene when he is mocking melodramatic portrayals of 'the poor, frail child... struggling bravely'). How Sam and his family cope with Felix's death and Sam's own inevitable decline — ultimately, with humor, grace and generosity of spirit — will bring on tears; more impressively, it will also help readers address the hard questions for themselves. Ages 9 — 12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Living through the final stages of leukemia, Sam collects stories, questions, lists, and pictures that create a profoundly moving portrait of how a boy lives when he knows his time is almost up.
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