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Product description

“My name is Sam. I am eleven years old. I collect stories and fantastic facts. By the time you read this, I will probably be dead.”

Sam is dying of leukaemia. He hasn’t got forever, so every second counts. He wants to know about UFOs and horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it feels to kiss a girl. And because he won’t be here for long, he also needs to know the facts about dying. What he wants are answers to the questions that nobody will answer – and a way to live a lifetime in the months that he has left. Winner of the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize, this simple and moving story from a remarkable young talent is a startling look at life in the face of death.

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Date published

January 7th, 2008

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 3.9; Middle years plus; 4.0 points

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  • 224 pages


UK edition


Sally Nicholls

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  1. Avatar owl 761790

    on 9 March 2014

    So incredibly beautiful. From the very beginning you are stunned by the horrifying circumstances characters of the novel face and feel grateful that you are not experiencing what they are. You will become attached to each and every character, whilst the innocence in which Sam views death will make even the toughest readers cry.

  2. Love stargirl 113412

    on 5 March 2013

    This is an amazing read for children aged 9+. I enjoyed reading this book because it puts you in the seat of that person and drags you deep into the book and you don’t want to put it down. I would defiantly read it again.

    5out of 5
  3. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 7 March 2012

    this books cover rely makes me want to read it !!!

  4. Avatar owl 761790

    on 4 June 2011

    worth reading. i just couldn’t put it down. loving sam :’)

    5out of 5
  5. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 19 February 2009

    This is my favie book of all time. It is so so sad and made me tell everyone i know about it. I think you should be around 10 and upwards to relly understand the book.

    5out of 5
  6. Clarice thumb 136

    on 29 February 2008

    This book is great for deep and dramatic people. You can imagine what is happening witjout having to pause and think about it. It’s a bit of a tear-jerker, though (its best to keep a few tissues spare in case!)

    Hannah, 11

    5out of 5
  7. Fairy thumb 11

    on 29 January 2008

    this book is realy good i would advise u to read it

    5out of 5
  8. Wellyphant thumb 19

    on 9 January 2008

    I am half way through this book. It is a really well written book and I am really enjoying it, but it is kind of sad and funny all on one page it is really odd!

    5out of 5
  9. Hungry cat thumb 231

    on 8 January 2008

    The book is really good, but a bit sad.

    5out of 5