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Sympathetic, touching, and surprisingly funny, Ways To Live Forever is a fantastic debut from Sally Nicholls. Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it feels to kiss a girl. And because he has leukaemia he wants to know the facts about dying. Sam needs answers for the questions nobody will answer. This diary account of a young boy dying of Leukaemia will pull on heartstrings and have you in fits of laughter at the same time.
Winner of Glen Dimplex Prize for New Writers 2008
Winner of Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize 2008
Winner of Luchs Prize (Germany) for best children’s book published in Germany in the last year
Longlisted for Branford Boase Award 2009
'My name is Sam. I am eleven years old. I collect stories and fantastic facts. By the time you read this I will probably be dead.' Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it feels to kiss a girl. And because he has leukaemia he wants to know the facts about dying. Sam needs answers for the questions nobody will answer.
"A hugely impressive achievement ... elegant, intelligent, moving." Guardian
"Wonderful. Moving and funny and, yes, sad." Eva Ibbotson
"A Jodi Picoult for teens that pulls no punches." Bookseller
"Deeply affecting and life-affirming read. Impressive." Nikki Gamble, Write Away
"Supremely confident and very moving ... a writer with a great future" John McLay
"Handled tactfully, death need not be an inappropriate theme for children. On the contrary, it can be quite uplifting." Amanda Craig, The Times
"I search for novels that send electrical tingles up my spine. Reading this was more like being plugged into a 1000-volt socket. This is a story for everyone, whatever their age." Marion Lloyd, Publisher
|Publication date:||1st September 2008|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories, Romance / Relationship Stories|
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I was born in Stockton-on-Tees, just after midnight, in a thunderstorm. My father died when I was two, and my brother Ian and I were brought up my mother. I always wanted to write - when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I used to say "I'm going to be a writer" - very definite. I've always loved reading, and I spent most of my childhood trying to make real life as much like a book as possible. My friends and I had a secret club like the Secret Seven, and when I was ...More About Sally Nicholls
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