“I wrote the Darwin Society and asked them not to nominate Mom for an award….”
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 in the basement. His little brother is talking to a plastic Power Ranger as if it’s their mom. With no faith to guide him, Josh makes death his summer research project.
The dead-parent genre is a busy one, but Austen breaks from the pack with this confident and peculiar debut.” – Booklist
To buy a copy of Walking Backward:
“[An] outstanding debut novel….[Austen’s] writing cuts straight to the heart. She delivers a wise, rich novel, wonderfully compelling for children and adults alike.” – The Globe and Mail
Short-listed for the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children Award and five provincial awards.
Read Walking Backward Chapter One right now to see if you might it.
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