Reviews & Honors


“Zevin’s touch is marvelously light even as she considers profundities, easily moving among humor, wisdom and lyricism. . . .No plot synopsis can convey what a rich, wise spell this book casts.”The New York Times Book Review

“Gabrielle Zevin has constructed a fascinating ‘what if?’ Great humor and speculation, on pets as well as people.”—Chicago Tribune

“…this is a book about the fleeting beauty of life, the necessity of love, and the bittersweetness of it all.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

“Powerful and thought provoking in the way that recalls Lois Lowry’s The Giver, this bittersweet tale will move some readers to tears with its devastating beauty and loss.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Zevin offers a dazzling, original novel about anger and forgiveness, about love and healing, about life and death and the meaning of everything.”—Buffalo News

“Add this to Tuck Everlasting when you are looking for a tale to stretch your appreciation of this life and stir your intellect. This book is highly recommended.”—The Tennessean

This is an absolutely wonderful and loving book, perfect for teens.”—The Union-Prospector (Western Nevada County, CA)

“Inventive and intelligent… Elsewhere is an adventure, by turns funny, sad, and — best of all — wonderfully poetic.”—January Magazine

Even the most cynical fourteen year-olds should be captivated by Gabrielle Zevin’s witty dialogue and charming characters.”—Portland Tribune

“…clever and enchanting… a must read.”—Detroit Free Press

“Witty and wise… The beauty of Elsewhere lies in the way it holds up a mirror to our own world.”—

“…in addition to being genuinely funny in places, this lovely novel is truly thoughtful.”—Book Page

“An enchanting fantasy about the world beyond this one that is both poignant and reassuring.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“A work of powerful beauty. This inventive novel slices right to the bone of human yearning, offering up an indelible vision of life and death as equally rich sides of the same coin.”—Starred, Booklist

“With an intriguing and well-developed premise, thoughtful characterization, and refreshing style, Zevin’s poignant novel rewards readers with a view of death that celebrates the rich complexities of being alive.”—Starred, The Horn Book

“Intriguing. Surely guides readers through the bumpy landscape of strongly delineated characters dealing with the most difficult issue that faces all of us. Provides much to think about and discuss.”—Starred, School Library Journal

“Funny and pensive, happy and heartbreaking. Readers from a broad range of beliefs will find this a quirky and touching exploration of the Great Beyond.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 

In 2006, there were posters throughout the UK to promote the release of the British paperback.
In 2006, there were posters throughout the UK to promote the release of the British paperback.

Reviews UK

Elsewhere is a wonderfully quirky subversion of the American Dream. Heartbreaking, without being mawkish, philosophical without being pretentious and so convincing you find yourself wanting to read the book backwards when you’ve finished.”—Sunday Telegraph

Elsewhere is a first novel, breathtaking in its surefootedness. Simply and gracefully delivered, it has a freshness which should intrigue.”—Scottish Sunday Herald

“An exceptional novel that is, at times, heartbreakingly poignant, but also uniquely uplifting.”—Publishing News

“Uplifting, moving, and funny.”—Guardian

“A touching, original debut novel about life and rebirth.”—Irish Independent

“An impressive debut rich in imagination and detail and it completely swept me away.”—Bookseller

“A little gem.”—New Books Magazine

“Better than TV… get ready to blub.”—Sugar Magazine

Awards and Honors Top 10 Editor’s Picks: Teens
American Library Association Notable Children’s Books
American Library Association Teens Top Ten
American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year
Barnes and Noble Book Club Selection
Booklist Editors’ Choice, Top of the List Youth Fiction
Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library
Booksense Notable
Borders Original Voices Award Winner
California Young Reader Medal Nominee
Connecticut Nutmeg Children’s Book Award
Delaware Blue Hen Book Master List
Georgia Peach Book Award, Honorable Mention
Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List
IRA Young Adult Choices
New Jersey Garden State Teen Book Award
Kirkus Reviews Editor’s Choice
Publisher’s Weekly “Cuffies” – Honorable Mention, Most Promising New Author
Quill Awards Nominee
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee
Tennessee Intermediate Volunteer State Book Award Master List
Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List
Virginia Young Readers Award Master List
Wyoming Soaring Eagle Book Award Master List


Sheffield Children’s Book Prize, Winner, Longer Novel Category
Stockport School’s Book Award, Winner, Key Stage Three Category
West Kent Themed Book Awards, Winner
Kingston Libraries Youth Book Award, Runner Up
Highly Recommended, National Literacy Association
Longlist, Carnegie Medal

3 thoughts on “Reviews & Honors

  1. Beautiful book. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read it. It’s the main work of literature that inspired me and helped me grow as an author. Thank you for this beauty, Gabrielle. I owe my inspiration to you.

  2. Loved the book! I have been teaching it to my 10th grade students for over 5 years now, and it is still the ultimate favourite year after year!!! I hope someday there will be a movie! Congratulations!

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