is reading Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano for November/December Book Club.
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano is an amazing book about a 12-year-old boy, Eddie who is the only survivor of an airplane crash. He becomes known as the "Miracle Boy." The story is loosely based on a true story of an airplane flight from South Africa to Libya that crashed in 2010 in which an 8-year-old Dutch boy was the sole survivor. The story expertly alternates between the time during the flight from Newark on route to Los Angeles, and the time after the devastating crash midway in Colorado. The novel's characters are well developed and vividly authentic. The passengers are introduced in the first chapter and their stories are revealed in subsequent chapters. The aftermath and Edward's recovery are interwoven between. The novel grapples with the heartbreak and healing and the human spirit. I highly recommend this incredible read.
Survivor Found Half-Mile from Plane Crash, CBS News, May 14, 2010
"The air between us is not empty space. ”
― Ann Napolitano, Dear Edward
A Plane Goes Down Killing 191, only a 12-Year-Old Survives
New York Times Book Review, Angie Kim, Jan 6 2020
"While none of the adults in either the real crash or the novel it inspired survive, Napolitano’s fearless examination of what took place models a way forward for all of us. She takes care not to sensationalize, presenting even the most harrowing scenes in graceful, understated prose, and gives us a powerful book about living a meaningful life during the most difficult of times. ” Read more