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Before the Ever After

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Tween copes with father's illness in touching verse novel.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+


Absolutely LOVED THIS BOOK! A very great book I would recommend to anyone! A short book but amazing! You will enjoy it!

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This touching portrait of a family in crisis gives readers a model for fighting off despair. Author Jacqueline Woodson, whose Brown Girl Dreaming won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the John Newbery Medal, and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature, makes smart use of poetry and the first-person perspective in Before the Ever After to immerse the reader in the intensity of the character's emotional experience. The story is easy to follow and never confusing, yet it delivers the feeling of being confused by unexpected and unexplained life events. This book could be helpful to readers dealing with physical or mental illness of any kind in the family.

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