The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish

Publication Date: 29th June 2017

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Ethan was game for anything. With Kacey by his side, there was no challenge too big, no dare they wouldn’t take on. And then, his dare killed her. The Ethan he was before was gone, left behind in Boston, as his family move to the tiny sea side town to live with Grandpa Ike. A chance for Ethan to start again.

When Coralee returns to Palm Knot, she’s larger than life and twice as loud, and Ethan finds himself making a new friend, but he still can’t let go of his past. As the two become embroiled in a mystery neither understand, they both need to learn to trust in themselves and each other, if the past isn’t to repeat itself…

A moving tale of friendships lost and found, of blame, grief, acceptance and hope. The effects on the whole family are explored with delicacy, from Mum’s constant watchfulness, to Robbie’s anger, and I loved watching Ethan’s relationship with Grandpa Ike develop. Friendships and families require trust, respect, empathy and compassion. Ali Standish has packed them all into a beautiful story exploring a difficult topic.

Great for fans of Lara Williamson, Tom Avery, and Jo Cotterill.

Ebook proof courtesy of Hatchett Children’s Group via Netgalley.

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