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Children's Fiction Death & Dying

Dying to go Viral

by (author) Sylvia McNicoll

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Apr 2013
Death & Dying, Adolescence
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2013
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2013
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12


On CCBC's Best Books for Kids and Teens list 2013

Ontario Library Association Best Bets List 2013 Honourable mention

On Resource Links? Best of 2013 list

What would you do if you only had one week to live? A skateboarding accident claims 14-year-old Jade's life when she skitches (hitches herself to a car) in order to appear on youtube; she neglected to wear the helmet she promised her father she would always use. In a Japanese garden she meets her mother who died when Jade was eight. She begs for the chance to return to earth if only to improve relations between her brother and father and Mom negotiates a one week do-over for her.
What can she achieve? A date for her father? A new job for her brother? Her first kiss? Jade can't tell anyone what is going on, which is bad enough, but after discovering a love for life that she's never known, will she be able to let go? Or will she try to cheat fate?

About the author

Sylvia McNicoll wrote her first book, Blueberries and Whipped Cream, as a project for a college writing course in order to explore a tragedy that occurred in her own high school. She went on to teach creative writing at that same college for nine years, edit a parenting magazine for another eight years and write 29 more novels for a variety of age groups.
Most acclaimed are her three dog guide fostering stories: Bringing Up Beauty, Beauty Returns and A Different Kind of Beauty, which won and were nominated for many children's choice awards. Last Chance for Paris, her adventure book set on the ice fields of Columbia, explored ecological issues with glaciers before climate warming became a popular issue.
Her recent novel, Crush. Candy. Corpse, tells the story about a teen on trial for the manslaughter of an Alzheimer's patient. Reviewers and bloggers have declared it a must read for all high school students. In her thirtieth book Death Goes Viral, already a blockbuster hit in Norway, Sweden and Finland, Sylvia returns to the theme of life and death and the values our own mortality inspires in us.

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Editorial Reviews

"Sensitive, appealing and extremely thought-provoking, this novel will have readers eagerly following Jade through her week, and fervently hoping that things can work out differently the second time around.
Highly recommended."
Canadian Children's Book News

"Sylvia McNicoll expanded my horizons with this one-of-a-kind, awe-inspiring, dramatic book, Dying to Go Viral. With a captivating, interesting, and saddening plot Sylvia made this book well worth my time; it's definitely worth the time of day to read."
Elizabeth (age 15), Reader Views Kids

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