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It was Saturday, November 15th, but I didn’t know that. I wouldn’t understand the strange countdown of days that formed my existence until later. All I knew then was that I was alive, alone, and trapped in the body of a dead person.
“Mitchell artfully weaves together a heart-racing, page-turning mystery with big questions about identity, love, and family. This is, hands down, the most imaginative and thought provoking novel I’ve read all year. It easily ranks up there with my all-time favorite YA books.” — Laura Resau, author of Red Glass, What the Moon Saw, and The Indigo Notebook series
“This was a powerful book. I read this a few days ago and can’t get it out of my head… I highly recommend it.” — Librarian in a Candy Shop
“Backwards is totally unique in its offerings, with themes and issues that concern teenagers and their adults, told in language that compels the reader to keep going forward while considering the actions of the past. Highly recommended to readers grade 8 and up.” —Dodie Ownes, Librarian
The moment Dan’s life ends, the Rider’s life begins. Unwillingly tied to Dan, the Rider finds himself traveling backwards in time, each day revealing more of the series of events that lead to Dan’s suicide.
As the Rider struggles to figure out what he’s meant to do, he revels in the life that Dan ignores. Beyond the simple pleasures of a hot shower and the sun on his face, the Rider also notices the people around Dan: his little sister, always disappointed by her big brother’s rejection, his overwhelmed mom, who can never rely on Dan for help, and Cat — with her purple hair, artistic talent, and misfit beauty. But Cat doesn’t want anything to do with Dan. While the days move in reverse and Halloween looms, it’s up to the Rider to find out why Cat is so angry and what he must do to make things right.
In his second novel for teens, Todd Mitchell turns time around as the Rider attempts to fix the future by changing the past and experiences the joys and the heartbreak of living backwards.