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Walk Softly, Rachel

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Fourteen-year-old Rachel remembers little about her brother, Jake, except that he died in a car accident when she was seven and he was seventeen. Her parents rarely talk about him, but his presence in the family can be felt and his room has been left untouched. It's by means of Jake's journal that Rachel begins to know her brother and learns that his death was a suicide. With candor and humor, Rachel filters Jake's anguished journal entries through her own experiences - her relationship with her parents and grandmother; the departure of her best friend, Adrian; and her growing involvement with the likable son of family friends who may be as troubled as Jake. In unraveling her family's secret and examining her own shortcomings, Rachel gains sympathy for her parents, realizing that they are all survivors.

Kate Banks explores inner lives with exquisite sensitivity and precision. Sometimes funny, often sad, but painfully true, Walk Softly, Rachel is a story of love, loss, and letting go.


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Hardback Editions

September 2003 : USA Hardback

Title: Walk Softly, Rachel
Author(s): Kate Banks
ISBN: 0-374-38230-1 / 978-0-374-38230-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

June 2004 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Walk Softly Rachel
Author(s): Kate Banks
ISBN: 1-4025-7607-2 / 978-1-4025-7607-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA