Lulu Delacre Alicia Afterimage

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Alicia Afterimage

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On the evening of September 24, 2004, sixteen-year-old Alicia Marķa Betancourt was killed in a car accident. Popular, happy, fun-loving Alicia daughter, sister, and friend to so many gone in an instant. How would those left behind cope with such a sudden, devastating loss? Wrestling with grief, anger, mortality, and spirituality, Alicia's loved ones struggle to create a lasting place in their hearts for someone who is no longer a physical presence. They share joyful and painful memories, and discover the resilient power of enduring friendship and love. In time, each person finds a way to heal while keeping Alicia's vibrant spirit alive for those who knew her, and those who never will. Alicia Afterimage is a remarkable story of loss and recovery, but mostly it is a story of love. In this moving tribute to an extraordinary girl, readers will find a pathway through grief and a road map to remembrance. It is a book of comfort for all teens and adults who seek a way to ease the pain of losing someone they cherished.

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Lulu Delacre is the illustrator of many award-winning children's books, several of which she also wrote or compiled, and a nonfiction novel for teens. A native of Puerto Rico, Delacre lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband and their daughter.

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In her first YA book, picture book artist Delacre seizes upon an intimate subject: the death of her 16-year-old daughter, Alicia, in a car crash. Writing of herself as Mamá, she views Alicia through the eyes of friends, classmates and other girls on the Poms dance squad, all of whom Delacre interviewed. . . . Alicia's friends express their grief realistically and without platitudes: one pretends that she and Alicia have simply lost touch; another finds that talking about Alicia makes it worse. Bereaved readers will be encouraged that whatever their approaches, all of the individuals (including the driver responsible for the crash) eventually begin to feel better without forgetting their friend. --Publishers Weekly

Readers of this young adult, truth-based novel don't discover until the end that [Lulu] Delacre is the real Alicia's mother, who was so struck by the grief of her daughter's friends that she interviewed them to find out how they coped. Fictionalizing and merging their stories, she brings 'solace to others who must endure grief.' Teen readers will identify with these friends, whose messages to Alicia, along with Alicia's own art, illustrate the book. Grief counselors, teachers and parents will appreciate this resonant discussion-starter that includes driver safety and grief resources. --Youth Today

The spare interior monologues create a vivid collage portrait of the dynamic teen. The friends speak about how they met her and what they did together, from text-messaging to dancing, as well as the mementos they have of her mischief and loving support. The memories are of both small moments and big events, such as Alicia's quinceañera. Mamá feels guilt (how does a parent balance freedom and protection?), and also anger at 'The Driver,' a teen date who is never named and whose recklessness caused the crash. . . . With its messages about healing and a list of appended resources, this is an excellent title for grief counseling. --Booklist

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