Closing Down Heaven

October 26, 2016|
Closing Down Heaven by Lesley Choyce
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In this whimsical free-verse novel for young adults, sixteen-year-old Hunter propels himself out of this world — literally — and into the next after pushing his ultralight bike beyond risk. He arrives in what he understands to be heaven, to be met by his celestial guide, name of Archie, who tries to interpret for Hunter the rules of this rather confusing realm.

It's not long before Hunter meets a girl he used to know in Grade 6, name of Trinity, and from this point on his mission is to love her and protect her. Protect her from herself — and also from the nasty character she became involved with before she died of a drug overdose. As part of this mission, Hunter is able to take advantage of a new policy in heaven that allows some recently deceased to return and pick up their lives again. In this way, Hunter tries to prevent the death of Trinity — but it doesn't work.

Complications multiply until both Hunter and Trinity find a redemptive path which gives them both back their real lives and new opportunities. Lesley Choyce has woven a sometimes comic, sometimes moving narrative, focusing on the kinds of mixed-up teens he seems to know so well. In the end love conquers almost everything, but the twists and turns are engaging and illuminating, as Hunter and Trinity find their way to happiness.

Lesley Choyce''s words are sparse, vivid, and very accessible for teenage readers. He is the author of many novels for young adult readers including Random, Book of Michael, Dumb Luck, The End of the World as We Know It, and Living Outside the Lines. Lesley lives in Nova Scotia.
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Title:Closing Down Heaven
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:176 pages, 7.5 X 5.25 X 0.45 in
Shipping dimensions:176 pages, 7.5 X 5.25 X 0.45 in
Published:October 26, 2016
Publisher:Red Deer Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780889955431

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