Thorndike Press

Behind You

  • Jacqueline Woodson
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432882473
  • ISBN-13: 9781432882471
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: .65 lbs ( .29 kgs)
  • 166 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released January 2021



A National Book Award-Winning Author
A Hans Christian Andersen Award-Winning Author
An Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award-Winning Author
A Children’s Literature Legacy Award-Winning Author

Miah and Ellie were in love. Even though Miah was black and Ellie was white, they made sense together. Then Miah was killed. This was the ending. And it was the beginning of grief for the many people who loved Miah. Now his mother has stopped trying, his friends are lost, and Ellie doesn’t know how to move on. And there is Miah, watching all of this — unable to let go. How do we go on after losing someone we love? This is the question the living and the dead are asking. With the help of each other, the living will come together. Miah will sit beside them. They will feel Miah in the wind, see him in the light, hear him in their music. And Miah will watch over them, until he is sure each of those he loved is all right.

Age Range: 12 and up | Grade Level: 7 and up | Lexile Measure: HL720L


Customer Reviews

“A tender, existential meditation on grief.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“With tenderness and compassion, the author exposes the characters’ vulnerabilities and offers the hope that they will emerge and grow from this tragic loss. . . . [A] thought-provoking, satisfying novel that offers hope but no easy answers.”

— School Library Journal