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Saturday, February 25, 2017

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From Script to Screen

Ways to Live Forever is based on the best-selling children’s novel by Sally Nicholls. Originally published in 2008 by Marion Lloyd Books (Scholastic), Ways to Live Forever was Sally Nicholls’ first novel.  She wrote the book when she was 23 years old while getting her master’s degree at Bath Spa University.  The book has received many awards, including the 2008 Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize, 2008 Glen Dimplex New Writer of the Year Award, 2008 German Luchs des Jahres, 2009 Bristol-based Concorde Children’s Book Award, and shortlisted for the 2009 Brandford Boase Award and Manchester Book Award.  It also has been translated into numerous languages besides English, including Dutch, Portuguese, Indonesian, Brazilian, French, Italian, and German.

Ebook from Scholastic now available.

book artRead an excerpt from the book

Read Sally Nicholls' original opening of the book.

Read about director Gustavo Ron's inspiration to adapt the novel to film.


Critics' Reviews of the Book:

“...an exceedingly poignant read...” - The Bookseller

“Elegant, intelligent, moving...” - Mal Peet, The Guardian

“Handled tactfully, death need not be an inappropriate theme for children. 
On the contrary, it can be quite uplifting” - Amanda Craig, The Times

“I hope it’s a tribute to this book, and to Sally Nicholls, to say that for me it stopped being a work
of fiction after only a few chapters - Sam, and Felix, and their parents took on flesh - you just know that
in real life they are out there, close by.  This is not a book solely about dying and death.  In fact it’s more
about life, and it’s one that stops you in your tracks to make you think, with gratitude, about life.  It’s a
book that reveals a new author of great promise.  And I dare to predict that in time this will become a
children’s classic.” - Chairman of the Glen Dimplex New Writer of the Year judging panel, Gerard Smyth
 

The Publisher


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