The Deathday Letter

The Deathday Letter

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The clock is ticking...

Ollie can’t be bothered to care about anything but girls until he gets his Deathday Letter and learns he’s going to die in twenty-four hours. Bummer.

Ollie does what he does best: nothing. Then his best friend convinces him to live a little, and go after Ronnie, the girl who recently trampled his about-to-expire heart. Ollie turns to carloads of pudding and over-the-top declarations, but even playing the death card doesn’t work. All he wants is to set things right with the girl of his dreams. It’s now or never...
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  • Simon Pulse | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416996088 | 
  • June 2010 | 
  • Grades 9 and up | 
  • Lexile HL700
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23:59 AND COUNTING

Oliver! Oliver, I need you downstairs right now!”

Listen, the last thing I want while I’m doing my part for population control is to hear my mom’s voice. It’s like a song I can’t get out of my head. But here I am, MMMBoppin’ it under my warm covers before anyone else is supposed to be awake, and she has to go and call my name. I stop and wait, hoping she’ll think I’m still asleep. But I may as well put the wookiee down ’cause I know the next time I close my eyes, she’ll be there floating around the backs of my eyelids, with her blond hair... see more

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Shaun David Hutchinson
Q. how did you come to write The Deathday Letter?

A. I'd recently found out that my mother wasn't doing well health-wise. It was pretty serious and it scared me. I started thinking about how terrible it would be if anything happened to her. That night I was trying to sleep and couldn't stop thinking about my mom. I was thinking that people should have more time before they die. Time to be with their friends and family. That's when the idea of the letter came to me. The Deathday Letters. They give people one precious day to prepare. I sat there in the dark thinking for a while about what I'd do with the concept. Then from the dark, the voice of Oliver Travers began speaking to me. He was pretty insistent and cussed a lot. I got up--it was about one in the morning--and let him tell me about his family and friends. When I finally got to bed it was clear that he had gotten a Deathday Letter, and that the story was his. Six weeks later I finished that first draft and my brother and I went with my mom on her first trip to Europe. We've got another trip planned for next year.

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