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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (205 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rebecca Rupp Narrator: Todd Haberkorn Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jenny Wade (1843–1863)—shot at the Battle of Gettysburg. Mr. Jonas H. Pilcher (1916–2003)—died of emphysema. Bernie the dog (1990–2003)—died of a broken heart.

Some people die heroically, others accidentally. Some people die for a cause, while others die from making a single bad choice. When Daniel Anderson’s older brother is killed in Iraq, he wonders which category Eli’s death falls into. To deliberately put himself at such risk, to leave Danny—who always depended on him—Eli must have died heroically, to make the world a better place, right?

In an attempt to puzzle out this crushing loss, 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 reason (if any). Then one summer, Danny looks up from his Book of the Dead and notices new things. He discovers that Walter, the brilliant outcast at school, is a good person and great friend. And he can’t help but notice Isabelle, the romantic, utterly different girl from New York City, who has flown into his small rural town on a breath of fresh air. During the long, glorious days and firefly-lit nights he shares with Walter, Isabelle, and Isabelle’s twin siblings, a new world teeming with life and possibility begins to open up before Danny, paving a path that gently guides him forward.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Claire | 2/10/2014

    " Saw this just browsing the digital library catalog and loved it. Easy, quick read, but thoughtful and entertaining. It was really interesting to look at such a modern story of recovering from losing a family member to the war. The relationships in the book were well written and it didn't come across as fake or cheesy at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Penny Peck | 1/26/2014

    " Daniel is a younger high school student, who is missing his brother who died in the Iraq War. This thoughtful story is on the quiet side, but seems very realistic without being maudlin. He realizes he needs to do what he wants to do, and not live his life for his parents (especially his father) or even his brother. Good for a wide age range - 6th - 12th graders, who will relate to the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Miriam | 1/19/2014

    " Danny's family is frozen with grief after his brother is killed by an IED in Iraq. During the course of a summer, Danny falls in love, discovers that he really likes the weird kid in his class and that he might want to be a farmer. Touching, frequently funny and filled with interesting people--especially the twin siblings of the love interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judy Perry | 1/12/2014

    " I would have given this 3 1/2 stars--better than 3 but not quite 4. It would be a great book for a teenager to read, especially if they are struggling with the death of a friend or loved one. I did get choked up a few times, so that makes it a good book. "

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