THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE
Funky and more fun than a story about grieving has the right to be, Nelson's novel has a light touch that's a joy to read. The tough subject matter makes this an achingly sad story you'll remember long after you've turned the last page.
Lennie's brilliant older sister Bailey has just died, and all Lennie wants is to be left alone with her grief. She's given up her important position in the school band and started leaving poetry all over town. Suddenly, Lennie -- who has always been the quiet sister -- becomes the center of attention. And then there's the new guy who wants more than Lennie has to give. (DIAL, Mar., 288 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780803734951, HC, 14 and Up)