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by William Sleator

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When Peter is hit by a car, he is given the ultimate do-over: go back to any point in time before that fateful moment, and alter the events leading up to his death. If he fails, he will die again—this time, for good. Now Peter's racing against time to save his own life, but what should he change? His adoptive parents don't understand him, the school jock

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When Peter is hit by a car, he is given the ultimate do-over: go back to any point in time before that fateful moment, and alter the events leading up to his death. If he fails, he will die again—this time, for good. Now Peter's racing against time to save his own life, but what should he change? His adoptive parents don't understand him, the school jock is out to get him, and no one appreciates his own talents. This may be his last chance—can Peter cheat death, or will he be lost forever?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fans of Sleator's creature features (The Boxes; The Beasties) will find this tale of redemption less grotesque, but satisfying nonetheless. Eleven-year-old Peter finds out he is adopted, strives to gain glimmers of affection from his stoic, insensitive parents and gets killed by a car when he runs out of their home in a tearful rage. "Peter always acted without thinking," says his mother at his funeral. But life is not over yet; Peter is granted three chances to get it right before he is permanently dead. And in the process he learns to make friends, communicate clearly with his parents about his anxieties and follow his dream of being an artist even though his mother finds it a "waste of time" and his father thinks he should do something more manly. Peter is likable, creative and admirable in his ability to change his behavior. Sleator playfully examines the idea of time travel and of consciously tampering with the future. When a silly conflict arises because Peter thoughtlessly predicts the future (having lived through the same days several times), its resolution is simple and emotionally truthful. Adoptees and time- travel fans alike will find fun and fulfillment in this fantasy of second, third and fourth chances. Ages 10-14. (July) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Rebecca Joseph
Unhappy both at home and school, Peter is killed in a car accident. After his death, a strange voice gives him the chance to go back in time and change the events leading to his death. Given 12 hours of plannning time, Peter begins a difficult race against time and fails several more times. With time for only more trip into his past, Peter must confront his feelings about his family, his friends, and his own talents as an artist. An unusual story about the choices we make and the consequences of our actions.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-After Peter is killed in a car accident, he is told that he can go back to try and avoid his death, but he has to do more than simply not run out in front of the car that struck him. The events leading up to and causing him to run are what need to be changed. The first two times, he fails and again dies. He ultimately finds out that how he deals with his family and schoolmates has more to do with his life than just staying out of the way of a speeding vehicle. He becomes more aware of his parents and their feelings and in return they begin to accept him for who he is and not reject him for what he isn't. Peter's character is well-rounded; he thinks in many different directions before figuring out what to change in his life. The secondary characters are more one-dimensional, particularly Peter's parents, who are viewed only from his perspective and often come across as uncaring. A story that shows readers how their behavior affects the people and events around them.-Kendra Nan Skellen, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Horn Book Magazine
When Peter is mowed down by a car and killed after running into the street following a fight with his parents, he learns, in the "great white light," that he has another chance. In fact, he gets three chances to go back and change the events of his life so that the accident never occurs: first, he learns that putting sugar in the gas tank of the car that ran him over is not enough (a taxi runs over him instead); then that not making the puppet show that caused his parents' derision is not enough. It's not until his third try that Peter confronts what's really wrong with his relationship with his parents, and what he must do to earn their respect-and his future. It's too bad that Peter's parents have to be made out to be absolute ogres for the story to work, because it makes you wonder why he even bothers to return. And while the pace is breakneck, the characterization is careless, making you wish that Sleator had hit the rewind button a little more often to make sure his characters were keeping up with the plot. Still, the premise is irresistible, and the suspense crackles.
Kirkus Reviews
Another ingenious but leaky story from Sleator (The Boxes, 1998, etc), likely to leave readers more puzzled than intrigued. Peter, an 11-year-old traffic fatality, finds himself looking down on his funeral as a voice offers him a do-over. He eagerly accepts, only to discover that the past has a stubborn momentum; he's killed again, gets another chance, and blows that one, too. Convinced that the key to survival lies in winning the appreciation of his clueless, cold-hearted parents, Peter displays consideration by waiting hand and foot on his pregnant mother, creativity by putting on an elaborate puppet show to explain his feelings, and cleverness by predicting local events that haven't yet happened, then contriving to shift the resulting public furor onto a bullying classmate. Apparently, all of this makes him a more thoughtful person, so his fatal attraction to passing automobiles ceases. The premise, with its echoes of many books and movies, will only be new to very inexperienced readers, but the cheerlessness of Peter's home life gives the whole story a drab cast, and the internal logic seems more convenient than consistent. Sleator has a following, but he won't win any new fans with this one. (Fiction. 10-12)

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Guest More than 1 year ago
i have read this book and it is one of the best i have read in a while! its about a kid who dies but is in the middle of goin to heav or having a do-over of what happened that was caused to have him die! i suggest this to all middle school readers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book starts out good, but farther into it begins to get dull. It also doesn't end that fantasticly, but I will give it some credit for the first few chapters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much it was awsome.. I finished it in like 2 hours and i was upset when i got to the last page
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It had so much meaning to it. I don't really read that much but it was a great book. My teachr told me i might like it so i started to read it. I was like wow this you can put yourself right there in the book. If you have a kid that loves sad but great storys this is the book for them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book. I would reccomend it to readers who like science-fiction , fantasy, mystery, and those who like suspence. All the William Sleator books are great. These books are a must-read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book a few years ago, but I still can't forget it. I thought that it was very creative and it had something that every other book that I've read didn't. The author did a good job of catching my attention at the beginning because it's interesting to begin a story after the main character is already dead. I really enjoyed his book, you should check it out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is on my top 5 favorite books list....this book will keep you reading on and on...I enjoyed it, and the suspence at the end is really great. this is a must read, for everyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book. Me and my class read it for buddy journals.