Gr 10 Up—Who was Kevin Nicholas? Nine different short stories express the sadness and loss of those close to Kevin, as well as those not so close, as they try to deal with the reality of his suicide while questioning their own purpose in life. Each vignette, written by a different author (including Rita Williams-Garcia, Ellen Hopkins, and Will Weaver), reveals a different side of Kevin from the perspective of the person to whom he was connected—sister, ex-girlfriend, best friend, running partner, gang member, funeral home workers, Facebook friend. In addition to suicide, thought-provoking topics such as premarital sex, gang initiation, peer acceptance, career choices, and dysfunctional family relationships reflect the difficulties faced by today's teens and young adults. Authentic dialogue creates a vivid and realistic listening experience. Narrators Dion Graham and Christina Traister use distinctive voices to delineate each character. The clever writing style will appeal to short story fans.—Alice Davidson, Indianapolis
Nicholas, Kevin. Age 19. Died at York Hospital, July 19, 2012. Kev's the first kid their age to die. And now, even though he's dead, he's not really gone. Even now his choices are touching the people he left behind. Rita Williams-Garcia follows one aimless teen as he finds a new life in his new job—at the mortuary. Ellen Hopkins reveals what two altar boys (and one altar girl) might get up to at the cemetery at night. Will Weaver turns a lens on Kevin's sister as she collects his surprising effects—and makes good use of them. Here, in nine stories, we meet people who didn't know Kevin, friends from his childhood, his ex-girlfriend, his best friend, all dealing with the fallout of his death. Being a teenager is a time for all kinds of firsts—first jobs, first loves, first good-byes, firsts that break your heart and awaken your soul. It's an initiation of sorts, and it can be brutal. But on the other side of it is the rest of your life.
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||15 - 17 Years|