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Before I Die by Jenny Downham
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May 26, 2009 | ISBN 9780385751834

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Review, NYTBR, October 14, 2007:
"This may sound too depressing for words, but it is only one indication of the inspired originality of Before I Die, by Jenny Downham, that the reader can finish its last pages feeling thrillingly alive … I don’t care how old you are. This book will not leave you."
—John Burnham Schwartz

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2007
"Lucid language makes a painful journey bearable, beautiful and transcendent."

Starred Review, Publisher’s Weekly, August 6, 2007
"The eloquent dying teen can seem a staple of the YA novel, but this British debut completely breaks the mold. Downham holds nothing back in her wrenching and exceptionally vibrant story."

Review, Entertainment Weekly, September 21, 2007
"Bound For Glory: This fall, five young authors deliver breakout books packed with razor-sharp writing."

Review, Entertainment Weekly, September 28, 2007
"In luminous prose that rings completely true, Downham earns every tear she wrings from her readers. I trust there will be many of them—many readers, and of course, many tears. A-"


ALA Best Books for Young Adults Top 10 WINNER

Book Sense Children’s Pick List WINNER

Booklist Children’s Editors’ Choice WINNER

Kirkus Reviews Editor Choice Award WINNER

Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year WINNER

Publishers Weekly Flying Start Author WINNER

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