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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Elsewhere. It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous. It's quiet and peaceful. You can't get sick or any older. Curious to see new paintings by Picasso? Swing by one of Elsewhere's museums. Need to talk to someone about your problems? Stop by Marilyn Monroe's psychiatric practice. 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. But Liz wants to turn 16, not 14 again. She wants to get her driver's license. She wants to graduate from high school and go to college. And now that she's dead, Liz is being forced to live a life she doesn't 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.
©2005 Gabrielle Zevin; (P)2005 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, a division of Random House, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Fascinating. Zevin, in her first novel for young people, bends the laws of physics and biology to create an intricately imagined world." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Arleen on 12-04-05

An interesting concept

I really enjoyed the reading of this book and felt Cassandra Morris was indeed suited to the telling. The thought of aging backwards was an interesting concept and the return of the babies to earth gave food for thought. Ms. Zevin's imagination was in full swing with the lives the inhabitants of Elsewhere were living or not living as the case may be.

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By Natalie on 11-19-05

Great Book, Great Performance!

I thought that Cassandra Morris did a great job reading this title. Her voice was really suited to the material. I also thought it was a great book -- really hopeful and well written -- a great book to discuss for young and old.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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