Welcome to my stop of this tour!
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Libby Lochewood is twelve years old when her grampa dies of a heart attack. She is devastated at losing her best friend. Now that he’s passed on, it’s just her and her father, and he is so overcome by grief that he can barely get out of bed in the morning. The night of the funeral, though, Grampa’s spirit appears in Libby’s bedroom and tells her three important things: first, that she isn’t alone or forgotten-“The dead ain’t never that far from the living,” he says; second, that she has “the Sight”-the ability to see family member who have died; and three, that there is something special just for her in the lake. Something that could help her and her father-if she can find it.
Libby begins her search along with her friends Bobby and Martha, but it’s hard to know if they’ve found what Grampa wanted her to find since they don’t really know what it is. As Libby’s father falls deeper and deeper into depression, Libby and Grampa work together to help her father believe that their loved ones who have died are much closer than he thinks. But it will take all of Libby’s courage and her gift of Sight to convince her father that the dead are never truly gone.
MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:
I am going to take a different approach to this review than normal. More than tell you about the book, I want to tell you what this book did for me.
I have always believed that those who have died are close by. My father use to tell us all the time that when babies are smiling at "nothing" they are smiling at those on the other side who are watching out for us. I loved that. I loved the thought that I wasn't the only one watching out for my family while here on earth.
This book also made me consider how much harder it would be for me to loose someone close to me, if I believed that, that was it. This little book showed me that no matter how long someone has been gone they are always right here with me.
This is a good book to read with someone who has lost someone recently or is going to be loosing someone. Help them understand that even though they are not here, and it hurts, they are really never gone.
I know it sounds so cliche, but it's so true. We can always carry those we love with us in our hearts, minds, and actions. It's such a calming feeling.
This is such a sweet story about a girl trying so hard to help her father realize that life doesn't have to be as hard as he is making it out to be, if he would just accept that there is help from the other side.
Source: I was given this book as part of a blog tour in return for an honest review. I was not compensate in any way for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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Carol Lynch Williams, who grew up in Florida and now lives in the West, is an award-winning novelist with six daughters and one son. She has an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College, and she won the prestigious PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship. The Chosen One was named one of the Ala’s Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and Best Books for Young Adult Readers and was featured on numerous lists of recommended YA fiction. Carol’s other novels include, Messenger, Glimpse, Miles from Ordinary, The Haven, Waiting, and the Just in Time series.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Sarah Cobabe @ Shadow Mountain for this opportunity