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Fantastic NEW range of fiction for the classroom, which cover a range of genres to meet the KS3 English Framework objectives. Text selected by experts to meet national curriculum requirements.FREE downloadable teacher's support material for Y7-9 available on our website, including introductions, glossarys of key words, full schemes of work, lesson plans and photocopiable worksheets. Written by experts in the educational field.Durable PLC hardback format.Fantastic value for money.Elsewhere nominated for the Borders Original Voice Awards in the US, and further award nominations are sure to follow.

About the Author

Gabrielle Zevin is a screenwriter and novelist. Several of her screenplays have been optioned and her screenplay for Conversations with Other Women was recently turned into a film. Elsewhere is her first novel for young adults.

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Even readers who have strong views on what happens after death may find themselves intrigued by the fascinating world of "Elsewhere," the place 15-year-old Liz ends up after she is killed in a bicycle accident. A surreal atmosphere permeates chapter one as Liz awakens on a ship (mostly occupied by elderly people), unaware of its destination. Her situation gradually comes into focus after she arrives at the island of Elsewhere and is greeted by her grandmother, who died before Liz was born. Liz learns that the aging process works differently in this land of the dead: instead of getting older, humans (and animals) grow younger. When they reach infancy, they are sent down the River to be reborn on Earth. In other ways, Elsewhere resembles the world Liz left behind; residents work at jobs (although here, everyone has a chance to pursue an "avocation... something a person does to make his or her soul complete"), celebrate holidays and form friendships. Liz also falls in love for the first time, while her grandmother (who has progressed back to her thirties) becomes engaged to a famous rock star; and readers will likely be intrigued by the "strictly forbidden" Well. Prudently skirting the issue of God's role in Elsewhere (when she asks about God, Liz is told simply "God's there in the same way He, She, or It was before to you. Nothing has changed"), Margarettown author Zevin, in her first novel for young people, bends the laws of physics and biology to create an intricately imagined world. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Gr 7-10-What happens when you die? Where do you go? What do you do? Zevin provides answers to these questions in this intriguing novel, centering on the death of Liz Hall, almost 16 years old and looking forward to all that lies ahead: learning to drive, helping her best friend prepare for the prom, going to college, falling in love. Killed in a hit-and-run accident, Liz struggles to understand what has happened to her, grief-stricken at all she has lost, and incapable of seeing the benefits of the Elsewhere in which she finds herself. Refusing to participate in this new life, Liz spends her time looking longingly down at the family and friends back on Earth who go on without her. But the new environment pulls her into its own rhythms. Liz meets the grandmother she never knew, makes friends, takes a job, and falls in love as she and the other inhabitants of Elsewhere age backward one year for each year that they are there. Zevin's third-person narrative calmly, but surely guides readers through the bumpy landscape of strongly delineated characters dealing with the most difficult issue that faces all of us. A quiet book that provides much to think about and discuss.-Sharon Grover, Arlington County Department of Libraries, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"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, Zevin's 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 "Zevin's 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 "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, Zevin's 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 "Zevin's 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 Liz's 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 Zevin's 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 Children's Books"" ""Fascinating. Zevin, in her first novel for youngpeople, 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 Zevin's 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) "Zevin presents an intriguing concept of the afterlife in her first novel for young adults."--"Cleveland Plain Dealer" (paperback edition 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 Liz's life (death?)." -- Carolyn Mackler, author of "The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things "and "Vegan Virgin Valentine" "" "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." -- Starred, "Booklist" "" "With an intriguing and well-developed premise, thoughtful characterization, and refreshing style, Zevin's poignant novel rewards readers with a view of death that celebrates the rich complexities of being alive." -- Starred, "The Horn Book" "" "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." -- Starred, "School Library Journal" "" "An unusual premise and a thoughtful treatment make Zevin's 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 Children's Books " "" "Fascinating. Zevin, in her first novel for young people, bends the laws of physics and biologyto create an intricately imagined world." -- "Publishers Weekly" "" "A fun and thought-provoking page-turner. Readers ... will relish Zevin's lively imagination and her fast-moving plot. Buy this book for them." -- "VOYA" "" "Zevin's 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" "" "Great humor and speculation, on pets as well as people." --"Chicago Tribune" ""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 Liz's life (death?)." -- Carolyn Mackler, author of "The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things "and "Vegan Virgin Valentine" "" "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." -- Starred, "Booklist" "" "With an intriguing and well-developed premise, thoughtful characterization, and refreshing style, Zevin's poignant novel rewards readers with a view of death that celebrates the rich complexities of being alive." -- Starred, "The Horn Book" "" "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." -- Starred, "School Library Journal" "" "An unusual premise and a thoughtful treatment make Zevin's 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 Children's 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 Zevin'slively imagination and her fast-moving plot. Buy this book for them." -- "VOYA" "" "Zevin's 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" "" "Great humor and speculation, on pets as well as people." --"Chicago Tribune" "This book is amazing: centered around death without being morbid, it's about moving on with your life." --A YALSA Teen YA Galley Reader "It's a fun read that you will keep thinking about long after you've finished the last page." --A YALSA Teen YA Galley Reader "It's an unexpectedly 'feel good' book, and makes the reader feel like those who have died aren't ever gone." --A YALSA Teen YA Galley Reader "This books steps out of the trend and stands on its own. What an original concept." --A YALSA Teen YA Galley Reader ""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 Liz's life (death?)." -- Carolyn Mackler, author of "The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things and "Vegan Virgin Valentine " "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." -- Starred, "Booklist " "With an intriguing and well-developed premise, thoughtful characterization, and refreshing style, Zevin's poignant novel rewards readers with a view of death that celebrates the rich complexities of being alive." -- Starred, "The Horn Book " "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." -- Starred, "School Library Journal " "An unusual premise and a thoughtful treatment make Zevin's 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 Children's 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 Zevin's lively imaginationand her fast-moving plot. Buy this book for them." -- "VOYA " "Zevin's 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 " "Great humor and speculation, on pets as well as people." --"Chicago Tribune

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