After Eli

By Rebecca Rupp

When Daniel’s brother Eli is killed at war, Daniel considers the history of unusual fatalities to determine what makes a death — or a life — matter.

Some people die heroically, others accidentally. When Daniel Anderson’s older brother dies, he wonders which category Eli’s death falls into. In an attempt to understand, Danny creates a Book of the Dead — an old binder that he fills with details about dead people, how they died, and, most important, for what purpose. Time passes, and eventually Daniel is prompted to look up from his notebook of death and questions to make new friends and be swept into their imaginings. With gentle humor and genuine emotion, Rebecca Rupp examines the questions that arise following a profound loss and the moments that start life rolling again.

  • Rebecca Rupp has found her voice in the realm of the middle-grade realistic novel, exploring big questions and serious issues with intelligence, humor, and utterly guileless humanity.
  • A book about loss and recovery, featuring a male protagonist and told in the first person.
  • References to the war in Afghanistan tell readers that the story is a very contemporary one, exploring the questions they themselves might have about war, about death, and about moving on.

About the author

Rebecca Rupp is the beloved author of more than a dozen books for young readers, among them The Dragon of Lonely Island, Sarah Simpson’s Rules for Living, and Octavia Boone’s Big Questions about Life, the Universe, and Everything. She and her family live in Swanton, Vermont.

ISBN: 9780763658106
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: November 1, 2012
Dimensions: 130 x 193mm, 256pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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