What do you think happens when you die? What if there were no heaven or hell but just an eternity to remember your life, over and over. That's what happened to Felicia Ward, who died just one day shy of her eighteenth birthday.
I'll sleep when I'm dead. I used to say it a lot. When my dad suggested I turn off the flashlight I thought I so expertly hid under my covers. That time youth pastor Joe told us to pipe down at the church lock-in. The balmy summer night I convinced Autumn to sneak out after midnight so we could dance in Nidda Park, arms outstretched to the stars. But then I died.—Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans (Simon & Schuster / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013, p. 1)
And now I can't sleep.
- Setting: the afterlife
- Circumstances: Felicia learns that death may not be as peaceful as she first thought
- Characters: Felicia; Julian and Neil, whom she knew in life; other characters she meets in death
- Genre: speculative; good vs. evil; life after death
- Miscellaneous: the first entry in the Memory Chronicles; Appelhans also writes picture books with her illustrator husband
Thanks to the generosity of my friend author Lenore Appelhans, I can offer one of my readers a copy of the unabridged audiobook edition of Level 2 read by the fabulous Jenna Lamia. I've listened to the audiobook and can attest to its wonderfulness. This giveaway is open to those of you with a U.S. or Canadian mailing address. To be entered for a chance to win, just fill out the form. I'll pick a winner on March 1 with the help of a random-number generator and will delete all personal information once the winner has been confirmed. Good luck!
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