My Life and Death by Alexandra Canarsie

My Life and Death by Alexandra Canarsie

by Susan Heyboer O'Keefe

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Everything in fourteen-year-old Allie Canarsie’s life has gone wrong until she finds meaning investigating the circumstances behind a young boy’s unexpected death.
The new town, Nickel Park, where Allie has moved with her mother is a big disappointment. The rented trailer where they live now is cramped and depressing. School is a place to waste time and get in trouble, and friends are nonexistent. Worst of all, she has not heard from her father since he walked out on the family. Feeling cut off from those around her, Allie finds herself drawn to the funerals of strangers. Here among the black-clad, sad-eyed anonymous mourners she feels a sense of belonging.
But Allie’s strange new hobby takes an ominous turn when she becomes preoccupied with the death—and former life—of an adolescent boy named Jimmy Muller. Soon she becomes entangled in the lives of Jimmy’s best friend Dennis and Mr. Muller, the dead boy’s father. Allie’s determination to prove that Jimmy’s death was no accident sets into a motion a chain of events that forever alters her life. As she solves the troubling puzzle of Jimmy’s death, she finds some surprising answers to questions in her own life.
In this provocative and affecting novel for young adults, author Susan Heyboer O’Keefe gives voice to adolescent expressions of isolation and confusion that will resonate with young readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561457144
Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 662 KB
Age Range: 12 - 16 Years

About the Author

Susan Heyboer O’Keefe was the author of more than a dozen books for children, including My Life and Death by Alexandra Canarsie, One Hungry Monster, A Bug from Aunt Tillie, Good Night, God Bless, and Love Me, Love You.

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My Life and Death by Alexandra Canarsie 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Kaybowes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really good book about a girl who is looking for love. Doesn't really fit the list, though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alexandra Canarsie (great name) has a very unusual hobby. Reeling from being uprooted once again by her single mom, she arrives in her mother's hometown and entertains herself by attending the funerals of strangers. She's grieving, too -- missing the father she hasn't had since her parents' divorce years earlier. At one funeral however, she realizes the deceased, who died in a swimming accident, is a boy who would otherwise have been in her class at school. Alexandra becomes obsessed with the boy and learns things about him which convince her his death was not an accident. She goes on a quest to prove it was murder. This may sound heavy, but the plot is leavened by Alexandra's sardonic take on life and a lively cast of lovable characters, including Alexandra herself. A very fun read.