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Five Minutes More
By author: Darlene Ryan
Selling Points: Grief, family, coping
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2009
Pages: 224
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $12.95
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Every hand I shake, I look into the person's face and wonder what they know. It didn't say in the announcement in the paper. Maybe they think my dad had a heart attack while he was driving. I don't want anyone to know. Because it's not like we really know for sure. I don't want people talking about him and thinking he did something when nobody knows for sure that he did.

D'Arcy's dad is dead. She desperately wants it to have been an accident, but she is not sure. And when she learns the truth, things become even more difficult. Why would her father choose suicide? Why didn't she see the signs? Her father had always helped her get through everything in her life—five minutes at a time. Can she do it alone? And then she meets Seth. When will things get back to normal? Learning to live without her father while her mother struggles with her own pain, D'Arcy finds an inner strength she wasn't aware of. She also finds that almost anything is tolerable for five minutes more.

Canadian Teacher Magazine - November 1, 2009
"Ryan treats this sensitive topic with care and understanding…Readers will readily identify with D'Arcy's emotional turmoil…The imaginative experience of the novel will help them appreciate the meaning of suicide and the ways one can cope with it."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - July 9, 2009
"A very realistic, engaging story. D'Arcy's emotions come flowing through the pages to the reader...The story would offer hope and help to anyone who has lost someone to death - not just suicide. I highly recommend it for the high school library."
VOYA - June 1, 2009
"Ryan presents teenagers living with devastatingly emotional situations...Well written."
Resource Links - April 1, 2009
"[D'Arcy's] discovery of herself as a daughter, friend and person ensues throughout the novel as D'Arcy overcomes numerous obstacles in a journey to find inner strength."
A Patchwork of Books blog - March 3, 2009
"[A] heart-breaking book...but sometimes sadness is necessary in life... it's a process we all go through and it yearns to be written about...The emotional aspect of this was perfect."
CM Magazine - February 20, 2009
"A novel that resonates with complex and realistic characters who exhibit a wide range of emotions...Authentic characters, real passions surrounding both death and life and an interesting plot which revolves around the difficult yet not uncommon issue of suicide: young adult fiction doesn't get much better than this. Highly Recommended."

Awards

YALSA Quick Picks, commended  US  2010
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2009
Ann Connor Brimer Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2010
CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2010

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