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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 176
Themes: grief, supernatural
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/01/2003
Lexile Level: 770
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Mike's parents and sister are dead and his legs are gone. The horrific accident that shattered his life continues to haunt him. When he grudgingly returns to school and a life that he no longer understands, Mike is bitter and unwilling to participate in school life.

To avoid one of his classes Mike agrees to put together a 50th Anniversary history of the school. Looking forward to time alone, he is annoyed when a young girl shows up in the archives on a regular basis. Sarah seems too young to be a student in the school, but her resemblance to Mike’s sister and her bubbly personality have him intrigued. She gradually draws him out of his shell and manages to interest him in the archives project, and more importantly, in life itself.

As their relationship grows and changes, Mike slowly becomes convinced that Sarah is more than just another student. When he discovers the shocking secret she is carrying, he sets out to give Sarah the peace that she so desperately needs.

Resource Links - October 1, 2006
"The story is a strange mix of the simple and the haunting...chilling and effective."
KLIATT - March 1, 2004
"This moving, chilling tale of a young man's loss and regaining of self-worth proves an excellent and worthwhile example of supernatural literature."
VOYA - December 1, 2003
"An outstanding job."
The Observer - December 1, 2003
"This is a well-written and gripping book that deals realistically with the depression and emotional turmoil that follows an intense trauma."
Publisher's Weekly - September 29, 2003
"Both halves of the book will engage the target audience."
CM Magazine - September 19, 2003
"High school life is described with pin-point accuracy...A great choice for senior high school fiction collections. Highly Recommended."
Library Media Connection - April 1, 2003
"This is a well-developed novel that shatters the teen perceptions of invincibility, as well as dealing with loss, handicaps, and positive ways to break through grief."

Awards

ALA Best Books for Young Adults  | 2005 | Long-listed
Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award  | 2005 | Winner
PSLA Top Forty  | 2003 | Commended
Red Maple nominee  | 2004 | Runner-up
Stellar Award nominee  | 2006 | Short-listed
Sunshine State Young Reader's Award nominee  | 2007 | Commended

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