The Great Blue Yonder

The Great Blue Yonder You ll be sorry when I m dead That s what Harry said to his sister right before he went off on his bike and got hit by a truck And now he s just that dead and he s gone to the Other Side Harry s not q

  • Title: The Great Blue Yonder
  • Author: Alex Shearer
  • ISBN: 9780618212576
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Hardcover
  • You ll be sorry when I m dead That s what Harry said to his sister right before he went off on his bike and got hit by a truck And now he s just that dead and he s gone to the Other Side Harry s not quite sure how he fits in there, where the sun is always setting but never quite disappears and people wander about seemingly without direction, waiting to move on to the You ll be sorry when I m dead That s what Harry said to his sister right before he went off on his bike and got hit by a truck And now he s just that dead and he s gone to the Other Side Harry s not quite sure how he fits in there, where the sun is always setting but never quite disappears and people wander about seemingly without direction, waiting to move on to the Great Blue Yonder Moreover, he wishes he could take back what he said to his sister, or at least tell her he s sorry And he wouldn t mind being able to say good bye to everyone else he left behind Then he finds a way to go back, and though what he discovers is not quite what he expected, he is given the chance to make peace with his sister, and important, with himself.This moving, often funny, book about grief, death, and loss will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned.

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    1. I'll warn people reading this review; I has been a while since I have read The Great Blue Yonder. This is mainly because I got rid of it extremely quickly after I finished it, because I disliked it so much. After I finished, my sister asked me if she would like it. I had just declared to myself that it was the worst book I had ever read. But I still told her to give it a chance. My exact words were that you spent the entire book waiting for something explosive and engaging to happen, but it neve [...]

    2. It's probably unfair of me to give this 2 stars because it isn't written for me, but I have read and enjoyed many many children's books, and I really didn't think much of this one. After about 20 pages, once the premise was well established, I found myself skimming pages rather than reading them. I looked for narrative hooks or interesting episodes and only came across one or two. While it was interesting to see where the author went with the idea of a ghost boy returning to the earth to settle [...]

    3. Touching, moving, great book for understanding and coming to terms with death without being overly maudlin or even depressing. The protagonist Harry is a recently deceased young boy with an engaging voice readers will instantly bond with. Favorite quote from this book. p. 112"It didn't bear thinking about, all the things that could happen to my tree. I put them out of my mind. Why imagine the worst? I thought. The worst that can happen is that you'll die, and I had. So I might as well look on th [...]

    4. Although this is a children's book, it is one of those books that appeals to a all ages. Considering it is a book about death it is not overly sad. The book has lots of humor in mixed in with the sadness which I feel reflects real life. It's probably not intended as a book to help people grieving over the loss of a loved one but I feel that it could bring some comfort to those grieving. The story is told from the point of view of a 12 year old Harry who describes what Heaven is like and what bei [...]

    5. Really good children's books are never really just for children - they can be enjoyed by adults too. For me, "The Great Blue Yonder" falls into this category. I found it by turns funny and moving, and it sets one thinking about life's larger issues, and about what an afterlife might be like, assuming there is one.The book may be offensive to conventionally religious folks - Shearer's vision of the afterlife is actually not exactly cheery, and surely not quite in line with Judaeo-Christian ideas. [...]

    6. To be honest, this is the first Mandarin audiobook I've listened to in more than 10 years, and it is definitely one of the best. The narrator's voice is soothing, and the background music is quiet and melancholy. More than once through the audiobook, tears brimmed in my eyes. I'll definitely be seeking an English copy of the book and explore the deep and touchy emotions all over again.

    7. - Summery: Harry went to another world beacause of a car accident.He is waiting to go to the other side of the blue sky,but he still misses his father,mother,sister,teacher and classmate. He doesn't know how to come his feelings,uni he eegs Arthur,a ghost.Arthur helps harry bac to the earth,back to his relatie and friendsNow he I dead,harry doesn't know how the time flies,he also doesn't know how to kill the time.His journey is not finished,he wishes he didn't be mean to hi sister before the acc [...]

    8. I've read several books this year that I found childish, immature, boring and that made me question the taste of everybody else who liked them and who was older that 18 years old which then again made me question my own taste since so many people over 18 years old and older than me seemed to love those books (for example, "Lola and the Boy Next Door" that I read recently). Guess what?I was wrong. There was absolutely nothing wrong with my age but there was plenty wrong with the books because whe [...]

    9. This story is not only about death, it is a book in which it teaches you how to live. The Great Blue Younder is a very inspiring book. It is a book that reveals solemnity in changes using an interesting tweens voice, creating one of the most enjoyable novels. This book is great for kids.A boy named Harry, at the age of 12 dies in a bike accident with his last words to his sister. On the day of the bike accident he and his sister had a fight, in which he told her she'd be sorry when he was dead. [...]

    10. MACMILLAN7/12 30min, 7/13 30min-regret-dead-incident-coincidently-meaning-life-considerQ. Do you believe heaven and hell? Please explain what you think.A. I think we go to either of them, heaven or hell, after we die.I believe that people who did good things (e.g. helped someone, or never hurted anyone etc) can go to heaven, and people who did bad things (e.g. deprived money, or murdered someone etc) must go to hell.I knew the Japanese version of this book (it's called "Aozora no mukou") and thi [...]

    11. MACMILLAN The Great Blue Yonderby Alex Shearer1to84page~January 13 (120min)7 words: dead-sister-regret-friend-visit-school-pegDiscussion Question: Harry visited to do his unfinished business from the other world. If you died today, do you have any unfinished business? And what is that. Answer: Yes,I have a lot. I have to do filial piety, study more and meet new people more, and so on! it was not big deal to die for Harry, but I really don't want to die now. It took time to read this book and I'm [...]

    12. I felt very lukewarm about this book most of the way through. I could hear the (adult) author's voice in the child's narration far too often, and it began to grate on me rather quickly. I was also increasingly irritated by the repeated "War Hammer", which should be one word, but this might have been an editorial issue.Plus points: the friendship between Harry and Arthur is quite well-drawn and believable; the encounter with Eggy, and the Wall at school. The ending was quite charming, too.Not bad [...]

    13. 12/4 60min harry go heven we yhink about death Qhave you thought about death?no i cant think about daeth it is everybody can not knowQif Have you ever experince to go to funeral? what did you feel?i is ver sad. then i feel if i dead wehere will i go??12/11 60min harry think sister friend feel sad heaven Q if you go to heven, do you think you can meet somebody? no because i cant imange about to go to heven Q do you have good friend? if this friend death can you recerve about it?it is very sad thi [...]

    14. Grades 3rd and upShearer uses first person and repetition to tell the story of Harry and his afterlife experiences. This chapter book has some use of humor while serious. This book will draw in children with the suspense of what will happen to Harry and how he will find closure after his death.Science/ArtLesson idea:. Students can draw a picture of what they think the great blue yonder is like

    15. After a fatal bike accident, Harry awakes to discover himself on the "Other Side". The afterlife turns out to be a world where the sun never sets, and the dead make pilgrimages to "The Great Blue Yonder". Harry refuses to leave until he can return to earth as a ghost to give his sister a message.It's "Elsewhere" for the younger crowd. It feels a little more dreamlike and magical but not quite as interesting to an older reader.

    16. Twelve year old Harry is killed in an accident, but before he can make it to The Great Blue Yonder, he has some unfinished business with his family and friends. This story might be difficult for some American children to understand the Australian terms, but the message about never go to bed angry or be careful with your words and never miss an opportunity to let someone know you love them is outstanding. Also, a great way to think about how those that have passed on are still with us.

    17. I read this book because several of my students read it themselves. I enjoyed it but the narrative was a little too predictable. The pieces of wisdom about dying and living make it a highly quotable book though especially now that I'm reading Stumbling on Happiness. I guess this book could be a light introduction to Tuesdays with Morrie.

    18. time 30 minitus7 word summarydead boy traffic accident ghost apologize sister1-Do you have sibling?- Yes, I do. I have two sisters and a brother.2-If you were dead now, do you have anithing to apologize?- I'm not sure, but I have something to regret.

    19. The Great Blue Yonder is a sorrow, yet witty, tale about death. As you experience the death of a young boy, you want to know what happens to his family. The Great Blue Yonder give experience of loss and grief. I highly recommend you read this novel.

    20. This is a moving tale told from the point of view of a boy who has died and how he wants to settle some unfinished business before moving on to the great blue yonder It made me think about how it might comfort younger children who have lost a sibling or a loved one.

    21. Sad story. A boy dies and goes to heaven. I cried a couple of times but it was pretty good overall. These books leave me feeling empty and upset so it only got a three. It's about his life in heaven and what he sees and goes through and how he misses his family and all his regrets.

    22. I think it is one of hidden treasure for young spirits :)I had read this 3 years ago but the feeling is still inside me.warm and sad feeling.

    23. About a young boy who dies and his experiences in the afterlife. I really liked it and actually did a school project on it a few years ago.

    24. I quite enjoyed this book. It's a quick read, but the humour in it was so well done, that I found myself actually laughing out loud in places. Definitely worth the read.

    25. Re-reading, since I didn't finish it the first time. I am enjoying the slightly dark sense of humour, the Brittish-ness, and overall a great book.Loved it, glad I finished it. :)

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