written by Catherine Austen
Walking Backward is a great book for children who are dealing with a death of a loved one. The narrator is a really perceptive character whose thoughts are interesting to follow along with, as long as one is prepared to be depressed. There are subtle happy moments in the book, but for the most part, it's a serious-toned book with a purpose. There is only one conflict through the entire book--a child and his family dealing with his mother's death. It portrays different coping strategies, but that's pretty much it. There's not much else storywise, and what the readers are given is really predictable. It would have been good as a short story, but as a book, I think I'd only recommend it to kids who are going through a similar point in their lives. It's really not interesting if you don't know the emotions that go along with the death of a loved one.
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