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The girl death left behind
McDaniel, Lurlene.
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Publication Information:
New York : Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1999.
Physical Description:
176 pages ; 18 cm
Numb with grief when an accident kills her entire family, fourteen-year-old Beth suddenly finds herself living with her spoiled cousin Terri and trying to make friends at a new school.
Reading Level:
590 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 3.8 4.0 29363.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.2 9 Quiz: 17017 Guided reading level: NR.
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Readers will be touched and inspired by this latest novel from bestselling author Lurlene McDaniel:

Beth's world has been torn apart.nbsp;nbsp;She cannot figure out how to go on when a car accident claims the lives of her entire family, and she is the only survivor.nbsp;nbsp;Things seem to get even worse when she moves in with her aunt and her spoiled cousin, Terri.nbsp;nbsp;But with the love and support of her aunt and some unexpected friends, Beth struggles to overcome the despair that threatens to consume her.nbsp;nbsp;Will she be able to move past the painful memories without feeling guilty for being a survivor?

Author Notes

Lurlene McDaniel was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 5, 1944. She received a B.A. in English from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Before she started writing young adult books, she wrote a magazine column and promos and commercials at a television station. After her children were born, she turned to freelance advertising. When her son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of 3, she attended a convention for diabetes and met up with the organizer who connected her with a publishing company specializing in children's books.

Her first book was Kickaroo: The Soccer Playing Kangaroo. She soon realized that writing picture books was not what she wanted to do, so she wrote Will Never Dance Again, about a girl who is diagnosed with diabetes. Thus began her career writing stories about teenagers who overcome life altering illnesses and the lessons learned. Her other books include Somewhere Between Life and Death, Too Young to Die, Goodbye Doesn't Mean Forever, Six Months to Live, and The Year of Chasing Dreams. She received a RITA Award for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep and three IRA-CBC Children's Choice Awards.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-Fourteen-year-old Beth must face adult-sized dilemmas when a car accident claims the lives of her immediate family. Within a few hours, she faces a new family, new house, and a new school. Living with her spoiled cousin only adds to her despair. This story charts the efforts of Beth's caring Aunt Camille and Uncle Jack as they help her through the worst time of her life. Always on the brink of tears, Beth finds the strength of character to make new friends and touch the lives of those around her. Readers familiar with McDaniel's writing will be satisfied with the heart-tugging plot. Those who find tears welling up will be thankful for the periods of built-in respite. The writing, infused with imagery and nuance, lends an air of sophistication to the formulaic story line.-Lisa Denton, J. S. Russell JHS, Lawrenceville, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Beth held her aunt's hand, and Faye went with them. The walk down the hall seemed endless. Once they were inside the small cubicle, Dr. Higdon said, "Please sit down." "I don't want to sit," Beth said. She was angry at the doctor who'd kept her waiting so long. "How are my sister and brother-in-law?" her aunt asked. "And their two children. Beth said they were in the accident too." "Yes," the doctor said. "An ambulance brought in all four of them." "I--I stayed home," Beth explained, although no one had asked her why she hadn't been in the van. "I had the flu." "According to the police," the doctor said, "the van swerved from road and careened down a hill, rolled over, and smashed into a tree. The impact was severe. The Jaws of Life had to be used to open the car and extract the passengers." Beth shuddered. "B-But they're all right, aren't they? You fixed them up, didn't you?" Excerpted from The Girl Death Left Behind by Lurlene McDaniel All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.