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Dying to Go Viral.

Dying to Go Viral written by Sylvia McNicoll Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2013 978-1-55455-271-9 (pb) $12.95 for Grades 6 to 9

Fiction / Second Chances / Family

When 14-year-old Jade loses her life in a skateboarding stunt gone wrong, she meets her long-deceased mother in a Japanese garden and begs for a chance to return to earth to try and repair the relationship between her father and her brother. Her mother reluctantly sends her back, but only for a week, and under the stipulation that she's not allowed to tell anyone what's going on. How much can be achieved in a week? As Jade discovers, quite a lot. But when the time comes to die once again, will she be able to let go, or will she try to cheat fate and stay?

Award-winning author Sylvia McNicoll gently explores themes of family, friendship and making the most out of life. Ever since her mom died years ago, Jade's family has been fractured. She, her father and her brother have been existing, but not really living. Ironically, it takes dying for her to realize how important it is to make the most out of life.

Determined to maximize her second chance, Jade creates an intention list of things she wants to experience and accomplish before her week is up, including skydiving, getting her father a girlfriend, and most importantly, repairing the fractured relationship between her father and her brother. As in real life, not all of her actions have the planned result, but Jade is made all the more likeable for her stumbles.

Sensitive, appealing and extremely thought-provoking, this novel will have readers eagerly following Jade through her week, and fervently hoping that things can work out differently the second time around. Highly recommended.

Rachel Seigel

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Author:Seigel, Rachel
Publication:Canadian Children's Book News
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Date:Sep 22, 2013
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