Every Day and All the Time
By Sis Deans
(Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805073379, 240pp.)
Publication Date: September 2003
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A heartbreaking, honest, and downright funny novel about loss and recovery
"She lay pinned in the back seat listening . . . to the sounds of help that had come too late."
Six months ago a terrible car accident devastated Emily Racine. Not only did she lose her older brother, Jon, but her own injuries pre-vented her from doing the thing she loved best: dancing. Now, just as Emily is getting on her feet again, she receives another blow: her parents want to sell their house, which they feel is too full of sad memories. But the cellar of this house is the only place where Emily can still feel and speak to Jon-and she can't bear to lose him twice.
Emily tries hard to prevent the sale, often with humorous results. Yet as the months pass she comes to realize that change may not always be a bad thing. With lots of love and support she finds a way to say good-bye to her brother and her cherished childhood dream.
By turns heartwrenching and hilarious, Sis Deans's moving novel will resonate long after the last page has been read.
Sis Deans is the author of Racing the Past, which was chosen as a Booklist Editor's Choice, a School Library Journal Best Book, and a CBC-NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. The winner of several regional awards, including the Maine Chapbook Award, Ms. Deans lives in Gorham, Maine, with her husband and three daughters.
"Give this to middle-graders in the mood for a satisfying four-hankie cry." --Booklist
"Deans captures the flavor of a struggling family as she did in Racing the Past and skillfully draws readers into their lives." --VOYA