The Ethan I Was Before

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5.8 X 8.3 X 1.5 inches | 0.97 pounds

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About the Author

Ali Standish is the award-winning author of books for the young and young at heart, including the Carnegie-nominated Ethan I Was Before, August Isle, Bad Bella, Climbers, How to Disappear Completely, Mending Summer, and Yonder. Her books are Junior Library Guild Selections, have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, ALA Booklist, and School Library Journal, have been named as Indie Next titles, and have been nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards. During her years living in a tumbledown Victorian cottage in the UK, she obtained a master's degree in children's literature from the University of Cambridge. She now resides in North Carolina with her husband and son. You can visit her online at


"A moving debut. An uplifting book that explores the way grief evolves through the power of remembrance."--ALA Booklist
"A deft balance between storytelling and accessible reflection for the middle-school reader."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
★ "Debut author Standish boldly tackles themes of death, guilt, and forgiveness in this tender coming-of-age story. Readers will be riveted as Ethan, his family, and other well-developed characters face the somber realities of life head on."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Standish skillfully weaves the events and characters into the fabric of a story that is emotionally charged. A great addition to middle grade collections."--School Library Journal