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Walking Backward - eBook

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<p>When Josh's mother dies in a phobia-induced car crash, she leaves two questions for her grieving family: how did a snake get into her car and how do you mourn with no faith to guide you? Twelve-year-old Josh is left alone to find the answers. His father is building a time machine. His four-year-old brother's closest friend is a plastic Power Ranger. His psychiatrist offers nothing more than a blank journal and platitudes. Isolated by grief in a home where every day is pajama day, Josh makes death his research project. He tests the mourning practices of religions he doesn't believe in. He tries to mend his little brother's shattered heart. He observes, records and waits, for his life to feel normal, for his mother's death to make sense, for his father to come out of the basement. His observations, recorded in a series of journal entries, are funny, smart, insightful, and heartbreaking. His conclusions about the nature of love, loss, grief and the space-time continuum are nothing less than life-changing</p>

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Mourning: a terrible, painful process of grief that occurs after the lose of a loved one. This is the process young Josh describes in Walking Backward by Catherine Austen. Through her young narrator, Austen seamlessly integrates the many different mourning traditions in cultures throughout the world. Her blend of light humor with such a tragic event shows how the loss of a mother so impacts a family. A sad but necessary story of love, loss, and coming-of-age in a situation no one would want to be in. Austen includes small but painful anecdotes that Josh experiences in his mourning process that help him and his family cope with the lose of a mother.

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When Josh's mother dies in a phobia-induced car crash, she leaves two questions for her grieving family: how did a snake get into her car and how do you mourn with no faith to guide you? Twelve-year-old Josh is left alone to find the answers. His father is building a time machine. His four-year-old brother's closest friend is a plastic Power Ranger. His psychiatrist offers nothing more than a blank journal and platitudes. Isolated by grief in a home where every day is pajama day, Josh makes death his research project. He tests the mourning practices of religions he doesn't believe in. He tries to mend his little brother's shattered heart. He observes, records and waits, for his life to feel normal, for his mother's death to make sense, for his father to come out of the basement. His observations, recorded in a series of journal entries, are funny, smart, insightful, and heartbreaking. His conclusions about the nature of love, loss, grief and the space-time continuum are nothing less than life-changing

Walking Backward - eBook

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Language
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Publisher
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Author
Catherine Austen
ISBN-13
9781554695553
ISBN-10
1554695554

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I enjoyed this book. ...

I enjoyed this book. Josh has a clear and unique voice. He is honest and intelligent. It was both amusing and touching, which is a good combination for a book about this subject. The book had good characterization and details while still being action oriented.

Grief at any age is di...

Grief at any age is difficult. Twelve year old Josh has just lost his mother in a car accident. He has no one to show him what he should do next. His younger brother has started sleeping with him. His father has been busy trying to build a time machine. Josh has never felt so alone. At one point Josh wishes he were Jewish because they are organized about death. It is difficult as an adult dealing with death. I've worked with kids as young as five who have lost a parent and it is always tough. There are no set or exact answers to the grieving process. This is what Josh is looking for. I have several friends who will never read this book no matter how good I tell them it is because it is a sad book. However I will definitely recommend this book and especially to those who have lost a loved one.

Grief at any age is di...

Grief at any age is difficult. Twelve year old Josh has just lost his mother in a car accident. He has no one to show him what he should do next. His younger brother has started sleeping with him. His father has been busy trying to build a time machine. Josh has never felt so alone. At one point Josh wishes he were Jewish because they are organized about death. It is difficult as an adult dealing with death. I've worked with kids as young as five who have lost a parent and it is always tough. There are no set or exact answers to the grieving process. This is what Josh is looking for. I have several friends who will never read this book no matter how good I tell them it is because it is a sad book. However I will definitely recommend this book and especially to those who have lost a loved one.

Walking Backward was a...

Walking Backward was a surprise hit for me. I've read a couple of books from Orca Publishing and was underwhelmed by all of them, so I didn't have high expectation for Walking Backwards. This was the second book in a week to make me cry. Walking Backwards should come with a box of tissues. You have to be made of stone not to cry when reading Walking Backward. 12 year old Josh has the world on his shoulder after his mom dies. His father is hiding out in the basement building a time machine, so he must tend to his little brother, and deal with his grief all on his own. Josh also goes to a therapist which results in the journal style of Walking Backward. Josh is a very strong and intelligent 12 year old boy. I love how he would go off on tangents about different types of snakes while trying to figure out who put the snake in the car that caused his mothers fatal car accident. Josh had a unique and compelling voice through the story. I was compelled to keep reading to see how his story would end. The relationship that Josh has with his little brother is touching and overwhelmingly sad. These were the parts of the book that had me in tears. How do you explain to a little boy that his mommy is never coming back? How do you explain it to him when you are just a child yourself? It was fascinating to see how Josh handled this problem. The ending of Walking Backward closes up nicely. Josh gets some answers about what caused his mothers accident and is able to start the healing process. Overall, Walking Backward was a very well written book. With strong interactions among the characters and a solid ending. I would recommended Walking Backward to anyone who likes a good cry.

Mourning: a terrible, ...

Mourning: a terrible, painful process of grief that occurs after the lose of a loved one. This is the process young Josh describes in Walking Backward by Catherine Austen. Through her young narrator, Austen seamlessly integrates the many different mourning traditions in cultures throughout the world. Her blend of light humor with such a tragic event shows how the loss of a mother so impacts a family. A sad but necessary story of love, loss, and coming-of-age in a situation no one would want to be in. Austen includes small but painful anecdotes that Josh experiences in his mourning process that help him and his family cope with the lose of a mother.

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