Publication Date: September 2012
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '12 Kids List
“Personal Effects portrays a teenager dealing with the loss of his brother who was killed in Iraq. Matt and his father are each dealing with the loss in different ways, making it hard for Matt to come to terms with T. J.'s death. Increasingly, Matt becomes obsessed with questions about his brother's past. In learning more about T. J., Matt grows and matures. This is a powerful book, full of many timely issues.”
-- Sue Richardson, Maine Coast Book Shop, Inc., Damariscotta
Seventeen-year-old Matt Foster thought that if he could only get his hands on his brother's stuff from Iraq, he?d be able to make sense of his death. He wasn't expecting T.J.'s personal effects to raise even more questions about his life. Now, even if it means pushing his dad over the edge . . . even if it means losing his best friend . . . even if it means getting expelled from school . . . Matt will do whatever it takes to find out the truth about his brother's past. With compassion, humor, and a compelling narrative voice, E. M. Kokie explores grief and self-discovery in this powerful first novel.