Before I Leave by Jessixa Bagley


Before I Leave by Jessixa Bagley

How do you say goodbye to your best friend?When a little hedgehog's family tells her they're moving far away, she and her anteater best friend decide to play one last time, like nothing is changing. And though it's hard, they discover that while some things have to change, the most important things find a way of working out.


Praise for Before I Leave

A deeply empathic story with an accomplished sense of place. In beautiful tones of blue and brown, she immerses readers in the coastal world where Buckley and his mother are trying to make sense of their lives. -Publisher's Weekly, starred review The only thing better than this title for anyone who has experienced loss is the redemptive nature of time. -School, Library Journal, starred review The pacing is exquisite as Buckley absorbs and reacts to this information, recognizing and expressing love in return. These two will persevere in the tender journey of life. Reassuring, consoling, and lovely. -Booklist, starred review Heartbreaking and hopeful, innocent and wise, a gentle story about healing and finding connection-both in the past and present. -Kirkus, starred review

About the Author

Jessixa Bagley is an author and illustrator originally from Portland, Oregon. She spent many days in her childhood combing the Oregon Coast for the perfect sand dollar. Now, she lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and son in a castle in the sky.

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40 pages


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Publication date

23rd February 2016



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