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Grade 5-8-In the last six months, life has changed dramatically for Emily. On the way home from a swim meet, her father had an accident in which she was hurt and her older brother, Jon, was killed. Her physician mother withdraws from the family into her work and her author father retreats into his office with more empty liquor bottles than completed writings coming out. For her, Jon's spirit is still in the basement, where the siblings spent most of their time, and where she attempts to keep up with her ballet, which is painful because of her injuries. When her parents decide to sell the house, Emily fears she will lose her brother for a second time. She concocts amazing stories and contrived tricks to fend off prospective buyers. These humorous events lighten the load of grief for readers, while Emily gradually comes to understand that change is not always bad and that letting go is OK. Janey, the loving family housekeeper; Dr. Radke, a therapist Emily gradually comes to trust; and Esther, a nursing-home resident assigned to her for a class project, help her through her grief. Reminiscent of Janet Lee Carey's Wenny Has Wings (Atheneum, 2002), this book shows how one sibling copes with the death of another. The secondary characters are not as fully fleshed out, but the focus is on Emily's road to healing.
Crystal Faris, Nassau Library System, Uniondale, NY
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Gr. 5-8. Although it has been six months since 12-year-old Emily Racine was seriously injured in a car accident that killed her older brother, Jon, she still mourns him every day and all the time. Convinced that his spirit inhabits the cellar, she spends hours there, practicing ballet and conversing with him. Her parents, who have their own adjustment issues, decide that moving to a new house will be best for everyone, a decision that prompts Emily to begin a campaign of subterfuge to prevent the house (Jon's abode) from being sold. In the hands of a lesser author this could have been maudlin, but Deans wisely adds a humorous subplot involving the naive realtor that lightens the goings-on just enough. She also realistically shepherds her characters through their grief, before permitting the closure that allows them to move forward. Give this to middle-graders in the mood for a satisfying four-hankie cry. Kay Weisman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 960L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080507337X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805073379
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,289,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book did not appeal greatly to me and I had to force myself to finish it, but I will readily admit that it is well-written and would encourage you to give it a try if the description interests you. I am also a writer and I am frustrated by one-sentence reviews I read, so I will try to explain why it didn't grab me but it may well grab you. I will also try not to give things away, though there may be minor spoilers.

Oddly enough, this is the second young adult novel in a row I have read where the lead character has thoughts that are sort of witty insults of people around them. Now I try to include a lot of wit and humor in my books, but to me little pot shots at other characters is not the best kind of humor. It makes me like the character less and therefore I am less likely to smile at the jokes. Again, however, maybe that is just me because of my own writing style. I also got a bit tired of the plot device of her talking to her dead brother, since it lasts right up until nearly the final page, though I will admit I like how the situation was resolved in the end.

So it was difficult to really curl up and settle into this book with Emily rubbing me the wrong way, but your heart will probably reach out for her in ways mine did not and cut her a lot more slack. The book takes place in Maine. I lived in Maine for over fifty years and placed some of my novels there, but I usually created a fictional town for my settings, so it seems jarring to hear all of the place names dropped here and there to set this book in the Portland area. At first it felt like there were too many place names and not enough cultural references (the people, way of life, etc.) to the southern Maine I know so well, but as the book moved along, it cumulatively began to feel like home.
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By Heather on February 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Every Day and All the Time by Sis Deans is the story of a young girl who was in a terrible car accident that shattered her dreams of becoming a dancer and took the life of her brother. She is devastated by the loss of her brother and now another blow; her parents are selling her house. In the cellar of the house is the only place that Emily can still feel and "speak" to her brother, Jon. Emily decides that she must do everything within her power to stop the sale of the house she cherishes so very much. She is very creative and uses her powers of persuasion to lure prospective home buyers away from the house. "My mother's good silver got stolen last year. The police never caught the burglars, but we have our suspicions."
As time goes by Emily slowly begins to realize that change is often good. She begins to dance again and in turn begins to heal. She finds a way to say goodbye to her brother and her dream of becoming a dancer.
This is a heartbreaking and honest novel that will not only tug at your heartstrings, but also make you laugh. Sis Deans weaves an honest tale that will keep the reader interested until the very last page.
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Format: Hardcover
A terrible car accident kills Emily's older brother and prevents her from the love of her life: dancing. Now her parents want to sell their house and move away - but it's the only place Emily still feels her brother's presence, so she wants to stay for the very reasons her parents wish to leave. The solution: thwart every sale; the results: hilarious and poignant.
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