Tag Archives: death and dying

“All the Bright Places”

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven   We meet Violet Markey and Theodore Finch out on the ledge of their school’s clock tower. They haven’t gone there together, but rather accidentally run into one another as they as both … Continue reading

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Adult Fiction: “Skippy Dies”

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray   Skippy Dies has been described by more than one professional reviewer as ‘hilarious and horrifying.’ I would say that it is hilarious for a very long time, and then suddenly horrifying. This is true … Continue reading

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Nonfiction: “Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife”

Spook by Mary Roach  I’m gathering some scary stories for a fall display, and thought I’d add Spook–which is not a scary book at all, but rather an entertaining work of nonfiction that takes a look at life after death. … Continue reading

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“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews    There really is a dying girl in this novel, so to say that most of it is a lot of fun seems weird. But it is fun. You should … Continue reading

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Sci-Fi/Future Dystopias: “Oryx and Crake”

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood   Snowman (as in Abominable), who was once known as Jimmy, appears to be the last human being on earth. His existence doesn’t seem much worth living–the environment is in ruins and he cannot … Continue reading

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“Not a Drop to Drink”

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis   “Lynn was nine the first time she killed to defend the pond.” Those are the first words of Not a Drop to Drink, and they start you on a reading session … Continue reading

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Quick Reads: “Dead End in Norvelt”

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos    What an entertaining mix of fact and fiction about growing up in a small town. Founded by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt during the Great Depression, by the early 1960’s, Norvelt is dying … Continue reading

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