Synopses & Reviews
Welcome to Elsewhere. It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous. Its quiet and peaceful. You cant get sick or any older. Curious to see new paintings by Picasso? Swing by one of Elsewheres museums. Need to talk to someone about your problems? Stop by Marilyn Monroes 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 drivers license. She wants to graduate from high school and go to college. And now that shes dead, Liz is being forced to live a life she doesnt 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? This moving, often funny book about grief, death, and loss will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned. Elsewhere is a 2006 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
“A work of powerful beauty. This inventive novel slices right to the bone of human yearning, offering up an indelible vision of life and death as equally rich sides of the same coin.”—Booklist
, Starred Review
“With an intriguing and well-developed premise, thoughtful characterization, and refreshing style, Zevins poignant novel rewards readers with a view of death that celebrates the rich complexities of being alive.”—The Horn Book, Starred Review
“Intriguing. Surely guides readers through the bumpy landscape of strongly delineated characters dealing with the most difficult issue that faces all of us. Provides much to think about and discuss.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review
“Zevins touch is marvelously light even as she considers profundities, easily moving among humor, wisdom and lyricism. . . . No plot synopsis can convey what a rich, wise spell this book casts.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Elsewhere is a funny, fast-paced, and fascinating novel. The concept is completely out there and yet the emotions are so weirdly realistic. I loved reading the story of Lizs life (death?).”—Carolyn Mackler, author of The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things and Vegan Virgin Valentine
“An unusual premise and a thoughtful treatment make Zevins first effort at writing for young adults a success. Will captivate teens ready for a thought-provoking read. Hopeful and engaging.”—Kirkus Reviews “Funny and pensive, happy and heartbreaking. Readers from a broad range of beliefs will find this a quirky and touching exploration of the Great Beyond.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Childrens Books “Fascinating. Zevin, in her first novel for young people, bends the laws of physics and biology to create an intricately imagined world.”—Publishers Weekly “A fun and thought-provoking page-turner. Readers . . . will relish Zevins lively imagination and her fast-moving plot. Buy this book for them.”—VOYA “Great humor and speculation, on pets as well as people.”—Chicago Tribune “Zevin presents an intriguing concept of the afterlife in her first novel for young adults.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer (paperback edition review) “A charming story about growing up, Elsewhere encourages the reader to look toward the future and to expect the unexpected.”—Armchair Interviews (paperback edition)
Rave reviews for The End or Something Like That
“The End or Something Like That dares you to suspend all disbelief and look at loss, and life itself, in an entirely new way. This is a hilarious and awesomely weird ode to friendship and youth—with the kind of stellar prose that wont let you look away.” - John Corey Whaley, Printz Award winning-author of Where Things Come Back
“The End or Something Like That breaks your heart and mends it back together with hope and humor. After reading this book, I believe.” - Ally Condie, author of the #1 New York Times Bestselling Matched Trilogy
* "The Las Vegas setting powerfully contrasts the absurdity of life against the separation of death, and several truly uncomfortable scenes involving Emmys classmates lays bare just how ill-equipped many people are to handle death. A hard-hitting story about remembering the dead while not forgetting the living." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Ellis skillfully captures what its like to be a kid who flies beneath the radar and is afraid to speak up." - School Library Journal
"The choppy, edgy tone of Ellis dialogue illuminates Emmys longing for her old friend. She practically burns with intensity, even as she gradually begins to move on." - Booklist
“Incredibly funny, sad, magical, and real all at the same time. Count me as a major fan.” - Holly Goldberg Sloan, New York Times bestselling author of Counting by 7s
“Ann Dee Ellis is my own personal J.D. Salinger. Sometimes haunted, sometimes haunting, but always achingly human, she finds truth in a burrito and a pizza boy, a fistful of gummy bears, and a dead science teacher. You will truly love this book.” - Margaret Stohl, New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series
“Ann Dee Ellis has one of the most interesting voices I know. I love the humor, honesty, and restraint with which she explores Emmys complicated relationship with the past, the present, and herself.” - Sara Zarr, National Book Award Finalist for Story of a Girl
Elsewhere is where 15-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.
Is it possible to grow up while getting younger?
For fans of Gayle Forman and Stephen Chbosky, an achingly raw and surprisingly funny novel about coping with loss
Emmys best friend Kim had promised to visit from the afterlife after she died. But so far Kim hasnt shown up even once. Emmy blames herself for not believing hard enough. Finally, as the one-year anniversary of Kim's death approaches, Emmy is visited by a ghostbut its not Kim. Its Emmys awful dead science teacher.
Emmy cant help but think that she's failed at being a true friend. But as more ghosts appear, she starts to realize that she's not alone in her pain. Kim would have wanted her to move forwardand to do that, Emmy needs to start letting go.
About the Author
Gabrielle Zevin is the author of award-winning books for young adults including Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, and books for adults including The Hole Were In and Margarettown. She was also the screenwriter for Conversations with Other Women, which received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Of her writing, The New York Times Book Review said, “Zevins touch is marvelously light even as she considers profundities.” A dog lover and Harvard graduate, she lives in New York City.