The Girl Death Left Behind

The Girl Death Left Behind

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by Lurlene McDaniel

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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.  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.  Things seem to get even worse when she moves in with her aunt and her spoiled


Readers will be touched and inspired by this latest novel from bestselling author Lurlene McDaniel:

Beth's world has been torn apart.  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.  Things seem to get even worse when she moves in with her aunt and her spoiled cousin, Terri.  But with the love and support of her aunt and some unexpected friends, Beth struggles to overcome the despair that threatens to consume her.  Will she be able to move past the painful memories without feeling guilty for being a survivor?

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From the Publisher
Six of Lurlene McDaniel's novels have been Publishers Weekly bestsellers, including Angels Watching Over Me and Lifted Up By Angels.

Praise for The Girl Death Left Behind:

"Readers familiar with McDaniel's writing will be satisfied with the heart-tugging plot."
School Library Journal

VOYA - Bette Ammon
Fourteen-year-old Beth's family seems fairly typical-her little brother and younger sister are troublesome nuisances, and her parents have high expectations of her. Unfortunately, Beth realizes she never appreciated her family enough after they are all killed in a car crash on their way to a Fourth of July picnic (Beth stayed home recovering from the flu). Beth's only relative is her mother's sister and her family, and moving to their home is Beth's only option. Dealing with crushing grief, missing her best friends and familiar neighborhood, being the new kid in school, and living with her incredibly spoiled cousin pretty much sums up Beth's new existence. Her only friends are Jared, the boy her cousin Teri wants; and Sloan, a rebellious loner. After a hastily-decided trip back to her old house, Beth eventually comes to terms with her loss and her new life.

McDaniel's fans will find familiar territory here. The characters are simplistic, the plot is predictable, and the tragic circumstances will pluck the heartstrings of readers who love crisis novels. Many teen readers love McDaniel's books, so libraries can expect the same will be true for this one as well.

VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P M J (Readable without serious defects, For the YA reader with a special interest in the subject, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8 and Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).

School Library Journal
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

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12 - 15 Years

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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?"

Meet the Author

Lurlene McDaniel began writing inspirational novels about teenagers facing life-altering situations when her son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.  Her work has received generous praise from parents, teachers, reviewers, and most importantly, her readers.

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Girl Death Left Behind 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many books by Lurlene McDaniel, and this is just as good as the rest. I cried the whole way through. The main character lost her whole family and ended up moving hundreds of miles away to live with her aunt. Despite that, she overcame the sorrow and in the end, she came to peace with her familys death. It was a great book and made me really think about my family and how much I take them for granted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was crying the whole through this book. Its the most amazing book other than: Breathless Hit and run Heart to heart She writes the best books ever!!
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Colemanstudent-MPJ More than 1 year ago
Sweet kate lost her two beloved parents in a tragic car accident and had to go live with her aunt and uncle and her cousin,she really dont like at first.but when it comes around to winter her and her cousin become sisters almost.will she move on from her parents accident by next summer...?
Erin Bear More than 1 year ago
This was the first book to actually make me sob. I loved it in paperback when I was a teenager and I still love it on my nook, today.
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This is one of my favorite books by far! It's so realistic and I can read it over and over, and I will never get bored! I recommend this to Middle School Kids because you can relate to it in many ways.
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I really do love reading this book and I would reading it again because its a really interesting book, but its also an emotional one because throughout the book , it has a tragic consequences that happens. The author's purpose is for you to move forward with your life and don't question God about why He does these things that we don't fully understand. The story takes place in modern times in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The main characters in this story is Beth and her family. The story does fulfill its purpose very well because this tragic thing happen throughout the book and Beth does think in why God let this thing happened to her family and not her. I do like this book in general because it gives you a message about having faith in God and we don't always understand His ways and why He lets things to happen to people.
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The book that I read The Girls Death left behind, I think it should be a 5 star book. I think this because it was a really good book. I couldn¿t really put it down. It wasn¿t hard to follow either. Beth (the main character of the book) was staying at home while her family went to a picnic. Then on their way back something happened. Something that she would have never expected. So then Beth had to move to Florida with her aunt and cousin. She didn¿t really want to move, she wanted to stay at her house. This book is not in a series. The part I liked about the book was when her cousin Terri invites her to one of her friend¿s parties. What I didn¿t like about the book was when Beth and Terri didn¿t get along at all, when they always fought. I can relate to this book because they were in a car accident, and I was too. People who would probably enjoy this book would be students in 7-9th grade, because you¿ll have to follow how her life is going. If you like to read sad books go to the author Lorene McDaniel because I think that you would surly like this book. I liked how I could barely even put the book down, and you might like that to. She never repeats herself. I thought I liked to, because sometimes when authors repeat themselves they keep repeating. Lorene McDaniel she didn¿t repeat. That¿s what I think that you would like about this author. All you wanted to do was keep reading it. So she has a lot of good books that I liked. Maybe you will like them to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Ones Life Tragedies, Can She Go Back To Her Regular Life?¿ 4stars Have you ever read The Girl Death Left Behind? Well I have and it is a great book. It¿s about a girl named Beth and her family who lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Beth is going to be in Jr. High when school starts. Beth¿s dads work has a party every year for the fourth of July and Beth wasn¿t feeling well, so she stayed at home by herself. Her mom, dad, brother, and sister went to the party. Beth went to sleep, and when she woke up there was a policeman at the door. He said that something bad had happened to her family. Beth went to the hospital and her aunt from Florida came too. They were sitting in the hospital just holding each other when the doctor came out with the news. This would change their lives forever. Beth then had to go live with her aunt for a while in Florida. Beth doesn¿t want to, but she is forced to. When she gets there she has to go to school and her first day was horrible. Then she meets this guy named Jared. They eventually become friends. Beth runs into this mean girl in the bathroom and she tells Beth to get out. Beth then invited her over for Thanksgiving to be nice. So she comes over but then that night her boyfriend comes over and picks her up. Beth realized that he had a car and could take her, to see what her house looked like. So they plan to go see Beth¿s house. When they get there something strange happens. I liked this book a lot. I really liked how I could relate to this book. Also I liked how the book went, and how Beth did a whole bunch of things to get through what she had to go through. There were a few things that I didn¿t really like though. I didn¿t really like the beginning because it started off kind of boring. I thought the book went kind of slow and was just Beth and her sister Alison fighting all of the time. Sometimes the narrator kind of confused me but then I got it. Overall I thought that this book was really good and I encourage you to read it. The Girl Death Left Behind isn¿t part of a series or anything so you can read it at anytime. This book may remind you of the book Wenny Has Wings because it is somewhat similar to this book. I think somebody that would enjoy this book would be someone who could relate to the book, or someone who has lost someone in their life. Some people like to read about girls or boys who have to move and try to live their life with out their family with them. I really think that anyone who reads this book will love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I felt so bad for the main character in this story because all her family members died, so she had to leave everything she'd ever known, and move in with her aunt and uncle in a different city. She felt so out of place and on top of all her grief her cousin was being a snotty brat to her. I mean come on, give her some time to recover. But otherwise it was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After I read this book i realized how much I have to be thankful for. If I was this girl I would have died the minute I found out my whole family was gone and that if I had gone with them to the picnic I would have died too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Girl Death Left Behind' is an amazing book that will sweep you off your feet into an unbelievable and very real setting. If you've lost someone very close to you, you'll be able to understand the way young Beth feels when her entire family is gone with the blink of an eye. If you've never expeirienced loss, this book will enlighten you and open up a new door to feelings and thoughts you've never had before. I cried several times while reading this book. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been reading some of her books now for a long time,my faviotes will always be the One Last Wish series.But I have also found this and a few other of her newer books immensely worth reading.Seriously,this book will transport you into it in less then three or four minutes. ~Melanie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It feels like you have been taken into this book and are one characters and can invision what is happening. Its touching, heart warming, and makes you feel bad because this girl lost her family and is terrified by it. But stays strong and eventually moves on with her life. YOU WILL ENJOY THIS BOOK, AND MADE A GREAT CHOICE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beth Carpenter thought she had the prefect life. She had a loving mother and father and two younger siblings, Allison and Doug. Until one summer day when her family left for a company pinic without her and never returned. Her family was found dead at the scence of the car accident. At 14, Beth had her lift ripped from under her. She had to move Alabama with her Aunt Camille, Uncle Jack, and cousin Terri. She was millions of miles from home dealing with her family's deaths. She felt unwanted because her cousin Terri. Terri was jealous of her friendship with her aunt, Camille. Beth's life long friend, Teddy, helped her through rough times. Without him she would feel like a totally alien.After accepting the things she can not change and live life to the fullest, she was able to live again with the help of her family and friends. She was glad she still had part of her true family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is worth your. If you have lost someone, you will know how she feels. It's a great relative book in this way. Those who read it and have lost someone can can ezzely realate to the main character. She loses and her hole family and then has to move away. Oh, this is also good for people who have moved away from their friends. This is what happens to her. I think that this book is good. It has a good plot. I realy think you should read this book because, it is good. If you like to relateing to the main character, you will.