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The Astonishing Color Of After

ISBN-10: 031646399X
ISBN-13: 9780316463997
Author: Pan, Emily X. R.
Interest Level: 7-12
Publisher: Hachette Book Group

Publication Date: March 2018

Copyright: 2018

Page Count: 480

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Interest Level

Grades 7-12

Reading Level

Lexile: HL670L
Accelerated Reader Level: 4.8
Accelerated Reader Points: 15.0

BISAC Subjects

Suicide; Fiction

Suicide; Fiction

Suicide; Fiction

Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird. Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life. Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color Of After is a heartbreaking novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief and love.