The afterwards / A.F. Harrold ; illustrated by Emily Gravett.

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      Summary: When her best friend, Ness, dies suddenly, Ember finds a way into the Afterworld, determined to bring Ness back.-- Provided by Publisher.
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      HARROLD, A. F.; GRAVETT, E. The afterwards. [s. l.]: Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2019. ISBN 9781547600441. Disponível em: Acesso em: 15 dez. 2019.
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      Harrold AF, Gravett E. The Afterwards. Bloomsbury Children’s Books; 2019. Accessed December 15, 2019.
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      Harrold, A. F., & Gravett, E. (2019). The afterwards. Bloomsbury Children’s Books. Retrieved from
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      Harrold, A. F., and Emily Gravett. 2019. The Afterwards. Bloomsbury Children’s Books.
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      Harrold, A. F. and Gravett, E. (2019) The afterwards. Bloomsbury Children’s Books. Available at: (Accessed: 15 December 2019).
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      Harrold, AF & Gravett, E 2019, The afterwards, Bloomsbury Children’s Books, viewed 15 December 2019, .
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      Harrold, A. F., and Emily Gravett. The Afterwards. Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2019. EBSCOhost,
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      Harrold, A. F., and Emily Gravett. The Afterwards. Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2019.
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      Harrold AF, Gravett E. The afterwards [Internet]. Bloomsbury Children’s Books; 2019 [cited 2019 Dec 15]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 February #1

*Starred Review* It's not uncommon for children's books to explore the intangible concepts of death and grief, and Harrold and Gravett's latest collaboration (after The Imaginary, 2015) gives these abstractions fascinating shape. Ember and Ness are neighbors and best friends until an accident claims Ness' life. Soon after the tragedy, Ember's uncle takes her on a strange, turning walk that leads them to his house, only it is now the black-and-white of an old movie. Ignoring Ember's questions, he leaves her there as a trade to restore his dog's life. Alone, she steps into the desolate, black-and-white world—Ember is the only blip of color—and discovers a faded, uncharacteristically subdued Ness seated on her front stoop. Ecstatic to find her friend, Ember is sure that if she can get Ness back to the living world, everything will go back to normal. Of course, Ember soon learns that there are strict rules governing such acts. Harrold's poetry background results in concise, evocative writing, which often reflects its meaning in text that swirls or fades on the page. When taken with Gravett's winning chapter illustrations, a curious, immersive narrative emerges, where hard truths are tempered with familial love and the wisdom of a scrappy alley cat. Sensitive readers may need a hand to hold for the story's darker moments, but Ember's vibrant personality imbues the book with unfaltering warmth. Grades 3-6. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Fall

Ember's wicked uncle leads her into a world where the dead dwell, but Ember sees this treachery as an opportunity to bring back her deceased best friend Ness. Harrold's spare text invites slow, considered reading, with occasional passages resembling poetry. Gravett's illustrations effectively use color within the shadowy and otherwise black-and-white afterworld. The author/illustrator pair invent imaginatively creepy magic to explore the difficulty, and necessity, of accepting loss. Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2019 #3

Ember (short for December) is heartbroken when her best friend Ness (Happiness) dies suddenly. When Ember's wicked uncle uses a magic map to lead Ember into a world where the dead dwell, hoping to swap Ember's life for that of his beloved just-deceased dog, Ember sees his treachery as an opportunity to bring Ness back to the living world. Harrold's spare text invites slow, considered reading, with occasional passages that resemble, and read like, poetry. Gravett's illustrations, from spot art to double-page spreads, effectively use color within the shadowy and otherwise black-and-white afterworld to make it clear who belongs there and who's out of place. Though this is a standalone novel, readers of the author/illustrator pair's The Imaginary (rev. 3/15) will find familiar their ability to invent imaginatively creepy magic and use it to explore real-life emotions—in this case, the difficulty and the necessity of accepting loss. shoshana flax Copyright 2019 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 December #3

The creators of The Imaginary offer another friendship story that inventively meshes—and blurs—the realistic and the fanciful. The novel's premise involves two fatal accidents: Ember's best friend, Ness, falls from a swing, and her uncle's beloved dog, Betty, is struck by a car. Her grieving uncle furtively leads his niece through a gate into an eerily silent, black-and-white world where the dead reside "for as long as it took them to forget they'd ever been alive." He makes a deal with the supercilious doyenne of the limbo realm to swap Ember for Betty, since "leaving a live person behind" lets him "take a dead one back" to the living world. Ember finds Ness in the Afterwards and is determined to escape with her, so the two—and their friendship—can live on. This requires Ember to strategically oscillate between the worlds of the living and the recently dead, which makes for some repetition and leads to an unnerving encounter between Ember and her long-deceased mother. Aided by Gravett's evocative art, Harrold brings this eerie, Briticism-laced tale about accepting change, letting go, and love's indissoluble bonds to an affecting finale that is very much grounded in real life. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. (Mar.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.