Walking Backward

Walking Backward

Book - 2009
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When Josh's mother dies in a phobia-induced car crash, she leaves two questions for her grieving family: how did a snake get into her car and how do you mourn with no faith to guide you?

Twelve-year-old Josh is left alone to find the answers. His father is building a time machine. His four-year-old brother's closest friend is a plastic Power Ranger. His psychiatrist offers nothing more than a blank journal and platitudes.

Isolated by grief in a home where every day is pajama day, Josh makes death his research project. He tests the mourning practices of religions he doesn't believe in. He tries to mend his little brother's shattered heart. He observes, records and waits--for his life to feel normal, for his mother's death to make sense, for his father to come out of the basement.

His observations, recorded in a series of journal entries, are funny, smart, insightful--and heartbreaking. His conclusions about the nature of love, loss, grief and the space-time continuum are nothing less than life-changing.
Publisher: Victoria : Orca Book Publishers, 2009
ISBN: 9781554691470
Branch Call Number: AUS
Characteristics: 167 p


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StratfordLibrary Mar 08, 2014

Blind Date with a Book comment: 1st impression - 10 (stud); Characters - 10 (stud); Story - 10 (stud). "Loved this one! Very well written, some neat ideas in it and a great read! I was surprised at first there was a YA book in my package but am so happy I read it!"

Dec 15, 2009

Perfect for teenagers and young adults who are trying to deal with pain and hopelessness as a result of loss or death. Ms. Austen writes simply yet with so much emotion. a very good read.

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