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by Jacqueline Woodson

A moving story of love and loss from National Book Award winner , Jacqueline Woodson. Great for fans of Angie Thomas and Nic Stone.Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s LiteratureYou are so light you move with the wind and the snow. . . . And it lifts you up-over a world of sadness and anger and fear. Over a world of first kisses and hands touching and someone you're falling in love with. She's there now. Right there. . . .

Miah and Ellie were in love. Even though Miah was black and Ellie was white, they made sense together. Then Miah was killed. This was the ending.

And it was the beginning of grief for the many people who loved Miah. Now his mother has stopped trying, his friends are lost and Ellie doesn't know how to move on. And there is Miah, watching all of this--unable to let go.

How do we go on after losing someone we love? This is the question the living and the dead are asking.

With the help of each other, the living will come together. Miah will sit beside them. They will feel Miah in the wind, see him in the light, hear him in their music. And Miah will watch over them, until he is sure each of those he loved is all right.

This beautiful sequel to Jacqueline Woodson's If You Come Softly explores the experiences of those left behind after tragedy. It is a novel in which through hope, understanding and love, healing begins.
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ISBN: 0142415545
ISBN13: 978-0142415542
Category: Children
Subcategory: Geography & Cultures
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Language: English
Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (July 8, 2010)
Pages: 176 pages
ePUB size: 1387 kb
FB2 size: 1799 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 640
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As an heirloom micro farmer, Doctor of Divinity and trauma survivor I understand the devastating loss of life about as much as anyone. However I have never read or seen a movie with an accurate depiction of it. That is until I read Jacqueline Woodson. Betty and I just realized that women didn't really used to faint like in the movies and now I don't believe there are many histrionics duronr trauma either. It's more silence, shock, and disbelief at the realization that the rest of the world goes along laughing; not even knowing your entire crop is ruined because it's more like San Diego in the Midwest when it should be like Death Valley. Thanks for stopping global warming trump.
In If You Come Softly, Jeremiah Roselind was shot down by two policemen in a case of mistaken identity. Behind You continues where If You Come Softly left off, showing how Jeremiah's passing affected the lives of the people who were close to him. But it's not only family and friends who are dealing with the loss of Jeremiah; Jeremiah also has to come to grips with the fact that he's no longer with the ones he loves. He has moved on to a better place, yet he keeps watching the world and those who now have to live without him; unable to put it all behind him.
I'm not really into reading books where a character who has died is still hanging around with something to say, but Jeremiah was so likable in the first novel that I was glad he was a part of this one. This story was so touching.
It was sad it made me depressed
Jeremiah has died from a cop's mistaken bullet. Now, those he has left behind try to figure out how to go on with their lives in this very moving story by Jacqueline Woodson, author of the award-winning LOCOMOTION and HUSH. The 2002 hit by Alice Sebold, THE LOVELY BONES, concerned a young girl watching her family from the afterlife after a violent death. In a similar way BEHIND YOU takes readers into the lives of Jeremiah's mother, father, ex-girlfriend and two friends, along with Jeremiah, as he views life on Earth from the afterlife.

Jeremiah ("Miah"), an African-American prep-school star athlete, left a large hole in many lives. Ellie, his Caucasian girlfriend, finds that her pain does not lessen after months. No one else in her school understands this and tells her that she "is such a widow." Nelia, his mother, is finding it hard to get out of bed. Ellie and Miah's father start visiting her to offer and receive comfort. Kennedy is now the big athlete at the prep school and is tired of people comparing him to Miah. Carlton, a longtime neighborhood friend of Miah's, now has no one to share his secrets with and feels utterly alone.

In between glimpses of the pain-filled people on earth are wonderful scenes of Miah in the afterlife. He finds his beloved grandmother and tries to learn to let go of the connections he maintains to earth.

While sadness is prevalent in this book, hope emerges as Miah's beloved people on Earth find ways to connect to and help each other in surprising ways. Demonstrating her excellent writing skills again, Woodson evokes strong emotion with well-chosen words and characters in BEHIND YOU.

--- Reviewed by Amy Alessio
Behind You is a book that is depressing, yet one of the most happily written books I've ever read. The story of this marvelous book begins with a young teenage boy Jeremiah seeing his dead body from the after-life after being shot by two cops when they mistake him for a criminal. A lot of people know Jeremiah, and every one of them is affected by his death in different ways.

Now normally, I would take my time reading a book like this simply because of how depressing it becomes, but not only will you keep reading Behind You, you will read it about five times. The book has a way of sucking you into the atmospheric world that Jacqueline Woodson has created, and even when it feels like there is no reason to go on, you'll still keep reading because of the hope you have that something good will happen.

There are a few flaws like how the author takes you through the perspective of multiple characters. It's a good idea, but you never really get to know each of the characters that well. Also the book is pretty short. Besides that, this is a must have for those of us who find every day life dull. Treasure it, take care of it. It's smart, it's original, and it breaks your perspective on how life works. It, in short, is a masterpiece that makes reading worth reading. The book isn't the best thing out there, but it comes pretty close.