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Six Feet over It Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Longo, Jennifer
ISBN: 0449818748     ISBN-13: 9780449818749
Publisher: Ember
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: January 2016
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Annotation: Working for her under-motivated father's cemetery business, snarky teen Leigh sells plots to the bereaved only to find her own life challenged by the sudden loss of her best friend and the appearance of Dario, the slightly-too-old-for-her grave digger. A first young adult novel. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Cemeteries; Fiction.
Family life; California; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2015057948
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 0.75" (0.65 lbs) 341 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 174723
Reading Level: 4.4   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 10.0
 
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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Spring)
Moving with her family to the grounds of a cemetery and secretly mourning the death of her only friend back home, Leigh feels like a "friendless parasite in [an] unfamiliar labyrinth" at her new school. An unusual setting and the likable protagonist's caustic humor make Longo's debut stand out. It's heartbreaking to see Leigh suffer, but all the more rewarding to see her transformation unfold.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2014 #6)
Four months ago Leigh's father unexpectedly bought a graveyard and moved his family from their California beach town to live on the graveyard's grounds. While he loves his new business (maybe a little too much), Leigh's not thrilled about having to manage the cemetery office when she's not at her new school -- a place where she remains a "friendless parasite in [an] unfamiliar labyrinth." Leigh's older sister is in remission from cancer and obsessed with running and with a new love interest; their artist mother escapes to the beach whenever she can. On top of all that, Leigh is secretly mourning the death of her only friend, Emily, from back home who, as it turns out, is buried in their cemetery. Leigh thinks that making new friends or having fun will be a betrayal of her friendship with Emily and believes that anyone who gets close to her will disappear, too, so she keeps people at bay. Fortunately the new young Mexican groundskeeper Dario and free-spirited flower-shop girl Elanor are persistent in their support and friendship, and they slowly help Leigh rediscover herself. Longo's debut stands out for its unusual setting and also the sarcasm and caustic humor of its protagonist ("Creepy death/birth? Check. Living in a graveyard? Check…born on the Day of the Dead? The Day of the Freaking Dead?…Check!"). It is heartbreaking to see this likable character suffer, but all the more rewarding to see her transformation unfold. cynthia k. ritter Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 September #2)

In a mordantly comedic coming-of-age story, 15-year-old Leigh believes she's the "patron saint of death." Not only did Leigh's parents move the family away from the California coast to operate a graveyard, but her sister has leukemia, her best friend Emily was killed by a falling tree, and death seems to be everywhere Leigh turns (she works selling gravesites to mourners). Yet after meeting a young Mexican gravedigger named Dario, Leigh's life at the cemetery starts looking up; the quirky graveyard regulars begin to grow on her, and she makes a new friend who reminds her of Emily. Debut author Longo provides Leigh with an offbeat, sarcastic worldview, revealed through Leigh's chatty running commentary about the people and events around her. Leigh's expressive inner monologues and witty observations about life and death vacillate from cynical and disassociated to deeply emotional: "I am the last person to hold her," Leigh muses as she buries a newborn baby. A strong heroine, multicultural cast, and eclectic contemporary setting make Longo's story stand out. Ages 12–up. Agent: Melissa Sarver, Folio Literary Management. (Aug.)

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Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

In a mordantly comedic coming-of-age story, 15-year-old Leigh believes she's the "patron saint of death." Not only did Leigh's parents move the family away from the California coast to operate a graveyard, but her sister has leukemia, her best friend Emily was killed by a falling tree, and death seems to be everywhere Leigh turns (she works selling gravesites to mourners). Yet after meeting a young Mexican gravedigger named Dario, Leigh's life at the cemetery starts looking up; the quirky graveyard regulars begin to grow on her, and she makes a new friend who reminds her of Emily. Debut author Longo provides Leigh with an offbeat, sarcastic worldview, revealed through Leigh's chatty running commentary about the people and events around her. Leigh's expressive inner monologues and witty observations about life and death vacillate from cynical and disassociated to deeply emotional: "I am the last person to hold her," Leigh muses as she buries a newborn baby. A strong heroine, multicultural cast, and eclectic contemporary setting make Longo's story stand out. Ages 12–up. Agent: Melissa Sarver, Folio Literary Management. (Aug.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 June)

Gr 7 Up—Instead of returning home at the end of a summer spent with their grandparents, Leigh and her older sister Kai receive two one-way bus tickets to Hangtown, CA. Their father has bought a graveyard and the family is moving. For the past three years, Leigh has been a stalwart support system for Kia while she battled cancer, and although the cancer is now in remission, Kai's health feels tenuous. And there's Emily, Leigh's best friend, who died over the summer. Her parents are neglectful and disengaged, and her father expects her to work after school in the graveyard office. Longo has crafted a complicated and multilayered narrative, the root of which is the story of a young girl who feels that death follows her. Leigh's aggressive sarcasm is at first off-putting, but soon it becomes clear that it masks a lot of pain. She resists making friends because she feels that being friends with her is to invite the specter of death. Leigh's worst fears are confirmed when Dario, the 20-year-old Mexican immigrant who works at the cemetery (and Leigh's crush), tells her that her birthday, November 1st, is the Day of the Dead in Mexico. Dario says she is like La Caterina, patron saint of the dead. It is through Dario's friendship, Kai's love, and the intrepid perseverance of Elanor, a girl who desperately wants to be her friend, that Leigh emerges from her grief and solidly joins the world of the living. An impressive debut novel—simultaneously hilarious, clever, and poignant.—Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY

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