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In a heartbeat
Loretta Ellsworth
Teen Fiction ELLSWOR

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When the life of 16-year-old Eagan, an accomplished figure skater, comes to a sudden and tragic end, 14-year-old Amelia, who suffers from congestive heart failure, gains a chance for survival ("someone else had to die for me to live," she thinks. "...when my family prayed for a new heart for me, we were praying for that to happen"). In straightforward, stirring prose that alternates between the girls' perspectives, Ellsworth (In Search of Mockingbird) explores the intimate and mysterious connection between organ donor and recipient. While Eagan finds herself in a foggy place where she has flashbacks of her past, Amelia, recovering from the transplant, feels different, like the new heart "was sitting in a space that wasn't quite right." Her memories and dreams seem to belong to someone else at times, making her wonder whether she's inherited more than a vital organ. The book's climax-involving a meeting between Eagan's parents and Amelia-feels manufactured and somewhat rushed, but the emotions of the two protagonists are painstakingly fine-tuned. Readers will likely come away teary eyed and inspired to become organ donors themselves. Ages 12-up. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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main characters Eagan
Age: 16
Figure skater; troubled relationship with her mother;.

Age: 14
Waits for a heart transplant;.

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