TEEN LIBRARIAN'S REVIEW:
"Elsewhere" will be the second book we discuss in our Moms & Daughters Sunday Book Club (see below for more info).
This story is unique. 15-year-old Liz is killed by a hit-and-run driver while riding her bike to the local shopping mall. Before she knows what has happened, Liz is on the USS Nile sailing to Elsewhere. Not quite heaven, not quite Earth, Elsewhere is a place where the dead live, have jobs (and pets!), and form new relationships, all while aging backwards. As you might imagine, Liz has a hard time adjusting to her new existence on Elsewhere, at least until she makes an ill-advised trip to The Well to contact her dad back on Earth about a hidden birthday present. After she is fished out of the water by the adorable Owen Welles (Elsewhere Bureau of Supernatural Crime and Contact), Liz starts to take a different view toward Elsewhere and its inhabitants.
This book is both funny and serious at the same time … after all, it has talking dogs and six-year-old ship captains! This very different take on life after death will make you laugh, but it will also leave you with lots of interesting issues to think about afterward. Definitely recommended.
FROM A KINNELON LIBRARY TEEN REVIEWER:
I liked how you got to see a girl deal with her own death and see her change. This book was also very different from other books I have read.