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Lessons from a Dead Girl

Lessons from a Dead Girl

  • Author: Jo Knowles
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • ISBN: 0763660027
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 224
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Leah Greene is dead. For Laine, knowing what really happened and the awful feeling that she is, in some way, responsible set her on a journey of painful self-discovery. Yes, she wished for this. She hated Leah that much. Hated her for all the times in the closet, when Leah made her do those things. They were just practicing, Leah said. But why did Leah choose her? Was she special, or just easy to control? And why didn’t Laine make it stop sooner? In the aftermath of the tragedy, Laine is left to explore the devastating lessons Leah taught her, find some meaning in them, and decide whether she can forgive Leah and, ultimately, herself.

Lessons from a Dead Girl

Lessons from a Dead Girl

  • Author: Jo Knowles
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
  • ISBN: 0763644854
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 215
  • View: 1992
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Believing herself to be somewhat responsible for the death of Leah Greene, a girl she hated with every fiber of her being, Laine must come to terms with her guilt in order to forgive Leah--and, ultimately, herself. Reprint.

Lessons from a Dead Girl

Lessons from a Dead Girl

  • Author: Johanna Beth Knowles
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
  • ISBN: 9780763632793
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 215
  • View: 6967
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After her former friend Leah dies in an automobile accident, Laine remembers their troubled relationship, dating back to elementary school when Leah convinced Laine to "practice" in the closet with her, and Leah controlled her every thought.

Jumping Off Swings

Jumping Off Swings

  • Author: Jo Knowles
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • ISBN: 0763651729
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 240
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Tells, from four points of view, the ramifications of a pregnancy resulting from a "one-time thing" between Ellie, who feels loved when boys touch her, and Josh, an eager virgin with a troubled home life.

Living Dead Girl

Living Dead Girl

  • Author: Elizabeth Scott
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1416960600
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 176
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After being abducted when she was ten and abused for five years by her kidnapper, Ray, Alice's only hope of freedom is in death, but her only way to achieve such an escape is to help Ray find the next girl for his collection.

Living with Jackie Chan

Living with Jackie Chan

  • Author: Jo Knowles
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • ISBN: 0763667161
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 384
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After fathering a baby, a teenager moves in with his karate-loving uncle and tries to come to terms with his guilt — and find a way to forgive. This isn’t how Josh expected to spend senior year. He thought he’d be hanging out with his best friends, Dave and Caleb, driving around, partying, just like always. But here he is, miles from home — new school, new life, living with his Jackie-Chan-obsessed uncle, Larry, and trying to forget. But Josh can’t forget. So many things bring back memories of last year and the night that changed everything. Every day the pain, the shame, and the just not knowing are never far from his thoughts. Why is he such a loser? How could he have done what he did? He finds some moments of peace when he practices karate with Stella, the girl upstairs and his one real friend. As they move together through the katas, Josh feels connected in a way he has never felt before. He wonders if they could be more than friends, but Stella’s jealous boyfriend will make sure that doesn’t happen. And maybe it doesn’t matter. If Stella knew the truth, would she still think he was a True Karate Man? Readers first met Josh in Jumping Off Swings which told the story of four high school students and how one pregnancy changed all of their lives. In this companion book, they follow Josh as he tries to come to terms with what happened, and find a way to forgive.

See You at Harry's

See You at Harry's

  • Author: Jo Knowles
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • ISBN: 0763659940
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 320
  • View: 7011
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Starting middle school brings all the usual challenges - until the unthinkable happens, and Fern and her family must find a way to heal. Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. It seems as though everyone in her family has better things to do than pay attention to her: Mom (when she's not meditating) helps Dad run the family restaurant; Sarah is taking a gap year after high school; and Holden pretends that Mom and Dad and everyone else doesn't know he's gay, even as he fends off bullies at school. Then there's Charlie: three years old, a "surprise" baby, the center of everyone's world. He's devoted to Fern, but he's annoying, too, always getting his way, always dirty, always commanding attention. If it wasn't for Ran, Fern's calm and positive best friend, there'd be nowhere to turn. Ran's mantra, "All will be well," is soothing in a way that nothing else seems to be. And when Ran says it, Fern can almost believe it's true. But then tragedy strikes- and Fern feels not only more alone than ever, but also responsible for the accident that has wrenched her family apart. All will not be well. Or at least all will never be the same.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

  • Author: Caitlin Doughty
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 0393245950
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 256
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“Morbid and illuminating” (Entertainment Weekly)—a young mortician goes behind the scenes of her curious profession. Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty—a twenty-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre—took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. Thrown into a profession of gallows humor and vivid characters (both living and very dead), Caitlin learned to navigate the secretive culture of those who care for the deceased. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters and unforgettable scenes. Caring for dead bodies of every color, shape, and affliction, Caitlin soon becomes an intrepid explorer in the world of the dead. She describes how she swept ashes from the machines (and sometimes onto her clothes) and reveals the strange history of cremation and undertaking, marveling at bizarre and wonderful funeral practices from different cultures. Her eye-opening, candid, and often hilarious story is like going on a journey with your bravest friend to the cemetery at midnight. She demystifies death, leading us behind the black curtain of her unique profession. And she answers questions you didn’t know you had: Can you catch a disease from a corpse? How many dead bodies can you fit in a Dodge van? What exactly does a flaming skull look like? Honest and heartfelt, self-deprecating and ironic, Caitlin's engaging style makes this otherwise taboo topic both approachable and engrossing. Now a licensed mortician with an alternative funeral practice, Caitlin argues that our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and she calls for better ways of dealing with death (and our dead).

Read Between the Lines

Read Between the Lines

  • Author: Jo Knowles
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
  • ISBN: 0763663875
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 329
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A collection of interrelated stories follow nine teens and one teacher through a seemingly ordinary day, with uncertainties, traumas, heartbreak, and revenge.

Down Among the Dead Men

Down Among the Dead Men

A Year in the Life of a Mortuary Technician

  • Author: Michelle Williams
  • Publisher: Catapult
  • ISBN: 1593763883
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 274
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Michelle Williams is young and attractive, with close family ties, a busy social life . . . and an unusual occupation. When she impulsively applies to be a mortuary technician and is offered the position, she has no idea that her decision to accept will be one of the most momentous of her life. “What I didnt realize then, she writes, “was that I was about to start one of the most amazing jobs you can do. To Williams, life in the mortuary is neither grim nor frightening. She introduces readers to a host of unique characters: pathologists (many eccentric, some utterly crazy), undertakers, and the man from the coroners office who sings to her every morning. No two days are alike, and while Williamss sensitivity to the dead never wavers, her tales from the crypt range from mischievous to downright shocking. Readers wont forget the fitness fanatic run over while doing nighttime push-ups on the road, the man so large he had to be carted in via refrigerated truck, or the guide dog who led his owner onto railway tracks—and left him there. The indomitable Williams never bats an eye, even as she is confronted—daily—with situations that would leave the rest of us speechless.

Dead Girls Don't Write Letters

Dead Girls Don't Write Letters

  • Author: Gail Giles
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 0689866240
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 128
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From the acclaimed author of "Shattering Glass." When Sunny Reynolds's sister, Jazz, dies in a fire, the family falls apart. Soon, "Jazz" comes home, and everything returns to normal. But Sunny knows this girl is not her sister. Who is she? And what does she want?

Hannah's Gift

Hannah's Gift

  • Author: Maria Housden
  • Publisher: Bantam
  • ISBN: 0553897721
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 240
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Every once in a while a book comes along that can change your life–a book so special, it is destined not just to be read but to be cherished, to be passed from one reader to another as a precious gift. Filled with wisdom and grace, tears and laughter, Hannah’s Gift is one such book. Within these pages Maria Housden shares the transformative lessons in living she received from her three-year-old daughter Hannah, who brought courage, honesty, and joy to her struggle with cancer. During the last year of her short life, Hannah was fearless in the way she faced death–and irrepressibly joyful in the way she approached living. The little girl who wore her favorite red Mary Janes into the operating room changed the life of everyone who came in contact with her. Now, in a book that preserves Hannah’s indomitable spirit, Maria Housden offers the gift of her daughter’s last year to all of us. In a lyrically told narrative, both moving and unforgettable, Housden recounts Hannah’s battle with cancer in simple, straightforward language that transcends grief and fear to become a celebration. From Hannah’s story emerge five profound lessons–of truth, joy, faith, compassion, and wonder–that have the power to change our lives. During her illness Hannah showed how we can truly live in the moment and break free from lives suffocated by too many unlived joys. Even more memorable is the message Hannah delivered after her death to those she loved–a message of hope for anyone faced with the deepest questions of life and death. Hannah’s Gift nourishes the soul with an ageless wisdom all the more invaluable for having come from someone so young. A remarkable story, remarkably told, it will bring comfort to anyone touched by loss, and renewed faith in the power of love. Closing her eyes and extending her arms, Hannah began to dance. Oblivious to everything but the shoes on her feet, she skipped and clicked across the floor, twirling in circles, faster and faster. There was something about her pure joy and the defiant nobility of the red shoes that caught everyone’s attention.... The true measure of a life is not its length but the fullness with which it is lived From the Hardcover edition.

Forget Me

Forget Me

  • Author: K. A. Harrington
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0147509416
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 288
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Posting a photo of her recently deceased boyfriend on her social networking page only to learn that another boy who looks exactly like him lives in a nearby town, Morgan uncovers secrets that implicate her parents and community. Simultaneous eBook.

Never Suck A Dead Man's Hand

Never Suck A Dead Man's Hand

Curious Adventures of a CSI

  • Author: Dana Kollmann
  • Publisher: Trade Paperback
  • ISBN: 0806531592
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 272
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Informative, witty. . .Kollmann delivers terse commentary and gory detail while puncturing common misconceptions about forensics. --Booklist Step past the flashing lights into the true scene of the crime with this frank, unflinching, and unforgettable account of life as a crime scene investigator. Whether explaining rigor mortis or the art of fingerprinting a stiff corpse on the side of the road, Dana Kollmann details her true, unvarnished experiences as a CSI for the Baltimore County Police Department. "Riveting." --M. William Phelps, author of Murder in the Heartland Unlike the popular crime dramas proliferating on today's television networks, these forensic tales forgo glitz for grit to show what really goes on. Kollmann recounts stories that the cops and the CSI's usually leave in the field, bringing the sights, smells, and sounds of a crime scene alive as never before. "Raw and real." --Connie Fletcher, author of Every Contact Leaves a Trace Unveiling the process and science of crime scene investigation in all its can't-tear-your-eyes-away fascination, Never Suck a Dead Man's Hand takes you into the strange world behind the yellow tape, offering a truly eye-opening perspective on the day-to-day life of a CSI. "Gritty, witty, and heartfelt . . . a must-read." --Aphrodite Jones, New York Times bestselling author of A Perfect Husband

Girl Parts

Girl Parts

  • Author: John Cusick
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • ISBN: 0763649309
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 218
  • View: 2991
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The lives of David, wealthy and popular but still lonely, and Charlie, a soulful outsider, intersect when Rose, the female Companion bot David's parents buy to treat his dissociative disorder, forms a bond with Charlie.

Where the Heart Is

Where the Heart Is

  • Author: Jo Knowles
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
  • ISBN: 9781536200034
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 304
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If home is where the heart is, what would happen if you lost it? Compassion and humor infuse the story of a family caught in financial crisis and a girl struggling to form her own identity. It's the first day of summer and Rachel's thirteenth birthday. She can't wait to head to the lake with her best friend, Micah! But as summer unfolds, every day seems to get more complicated. Her "fun" new job taking care of the neighbors' farm animals quickly becomes a challenge, whether she's being pecked by chickens or having to dodge a charging pig at feeding time. At home, her parents are more worried about money than usual, and their arguments over bills intensify. Fortunately, Rachel can count on Micah to help her cope with all the stress. But Micah seems to want their relationship to go beyond friendship, and though Rachel almost wishes for that, too, she can't force herself to feel "that way" about him. In fact, she isn't sure she can feel that way about any boy -- or what that means. With all the heart of her award-winning novel See You At Harry's, Jo Knowles brings us the story of a girl who must discover where her heart is and what that means for her future.

The Rules of Survival

The Rules of Survival

  • Author: Nancy Werlin
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 110157626X
  • Category: Young Adult Fiction
  • Page: 304
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This National Book Award Finalist is a thought-provoking exploration of emotional abuse, self-reliance and the nature of evil. A heart-wrenching portrait of family crisis, this is perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak and Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why. For Matt and his sisters, life with their cruel, physically abusive mother is a day-to-day struggle for survival. But then Matt witnesses a man named Murdoch coming to a child’s rescue in a convenience store; and for the first time, he feels a glimmer of hope. Then, amazingly, Murdoch begins dating Matt’s mother. Life is suddenly almost good. But the relief lasts only a short time. When Murdoch inevitable breaks up with their mother, Matt knows that he’ll need to take some action. Can he call upon Murdoch to be his hero? Or will Matt have to take measures into his own hands? A gripping, powerful novel that will stay with you long after you’ve read it. Nancy Werlin, the New York Times Bestselling author of Impossible, shows why she is a master of her genre. “[A] dark but hopeful tale, with pacing and suspense guaranteed to leave readers breathlessly turning the pages.”—Booklist (starred review) “Beautifully framed as a letter from Matthew to his younger sister, the suspense is paced to keep Matthew’s survival and personal revelations chock-full of dramatic tension. Bring tissues.”—Kirkus (starred review) “Grace and insight.”—School Library Journal (starred review) National Book Award Finalist LA Times Book Prize Finalist ALA Best Books of the Year ALA Quick Pick

Pearl

Pearl

A Novel

  • Author: Jo Knowles
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
  • ISBN: 9781429975056
  • Category: Young Adult Fiction
  • Page: 224
  • View: 4281
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Bean (née Pearl) and Henry, misfits and best friends, have the strangest mothers in town. Henry's mom Sally never leaves the house. Bean's mom Lexie, if she is home, is likely nursing a hangover or venting to her friend Claire about Bean's beloved grandfather Gus, the third member of their sunny household. Gus's death unleashes a host of family secrets that brings them all together. And they threaten to change everything—including Bean's relationship with Henry, her first friend, and who also might turn out to be her first love.

Muchacho

Muchacho

A Novel

  • Author: LouAnne Johnson
  • Publisher: Ember
  • ISBN: 0375859039
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 197
  • View: 3637
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Living in a neighborhood of drug dealers and gangs in New Mexico, high school junior Eddie Corazon, a juvenile delinquent-in-training, falls in love with a girl who inspires him to rethink his life and his choices.

Mortician Diaries

Mortician Diaries

The Dead-Honest Truth from a Life Spent with Death

  • Author: June Knights Nadle
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • ISBN: 9781577318576
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 152
  • View: 2626
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After 50 years in the funeral business, 80-year-old grandmother-undertaker June Knights Nadle has seen it all — at least all of what goes on before, during, and after life’s ultimate challenge. In Mortician Diaries, she combines equal doses of charm, humanity, humor, and reality to tell it like it is on this taboo subject. A kind of Prairie Home Companion set in a mortuary, the book features memorable stories of regret — “I wish I had kissed him on the morning he had the accident” — and renewal, as the lesson of facing life’s last great event is learned, or not. Some of the accounts here are funny, some sad. Some are haunting in their strangeness as they reveal the many ways in which people cope. Along the way, the reader is drawn into Nadle’s own life story as an unconventional woman who devoted herself to the dead and to those they left behind.