Alicia Afterimage

Alicia Afterimage

By Lulu Delacre

Lee & Low Books, Hardcover, 9781600602429, 135pp.

Publication Date: August 2008

On the evening of September 24, 2004, sixteen-year-old Alicia Maria Betancourt was killed in a car accident. Popular, happy, fun-loving Alicia daughter, sister, and friend to so many gone in an instant. How would those left behind cope with such a sudden, devastating loss? Wrestling with grief, anger, mortality, and spirituality, Alicia's loved ones struggle to create a lasting place in their hearts for someone who is no longer a physical presence. They share joyful and painful memories, and discover the resilient power of enduring friendship and love. In time, each person finds a way to heal while keeping Alicia's vibrant spirit alive for those who knew her, and those who never will. Alicia Afterimage is a remarkable story of loss and recovery, but mostly it is a story of love. In this moving tribute to an extraordinary girl, readers will find a pathway through grief and a road map to remembrance. It is a book of comfort for all teens and adults who seek a way to ease the pain of losing someone they cherished.

About the Author
LULU DELACRE is the illustrator of numerous award-winning books, several of which she also wrote or compiled. Her books range from picture books to chapter books to YA novels. Delacre has been creating books since 1980 and has produced more than thirty-five titles. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Delacre's Latino heritage informs many of her works. A three-time Pura Belpre Award honoree, she was also honored in 1998 as Maryland Woman in the Arts and was a jurorfor the 2003 National Book Awards. Delacre and her husband live in Silver Spring, Maryland.