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Early Departures

By: Justin A. Reynolds

Jamal’s best friend, Q, doesn’t know he’s about to die…again.

He also doesn’t know that Jamal tried to save his life, rescuing him from drowning only to watch Q die later in the hospital. Even more complicated, Jamal and Q haven’t been best friends in two years—not since Jamal’s parents died in a car accident, leaving him and his sister to carry on without them. Grief swallowed Jamal whole, and he blamed Q for causing the accident.

But what if Jamal could have a second chance? An impossible chance that would grant him the opportunity to say goodbye to his best friend? A new health-care technology allows Q to be reanimated—brought back to life like the old Q again. But there’s a catch: Q will only reanimate for a short time before he dies…forever.

Jamal is determined to make things right with Q, but grief is hard to shake. And he can’t tell Q why he’s suddenly trying to be friends with him again. Because Q has no idea that he died, and Q’s mom is not about to let anyone ruin the miracle by telling him. How can Jamal fix his friendship with Q if he can’t tell him the truth?

ISBN: 9780062748409

JLG Release: Feb 2021

Sensitive Areas: Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use , Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
Topics: Best friends , Death , Grief , Reanimation , Memory , Family , Reconciliation

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Book Details



First Release

February 2021



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Page Count


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Print Book


Hardcover edition


Katherine Tegen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use , Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes


Best friends, Death, Grief, Reanimation, Memory, Family, Reconciliation,

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Book Genres

Science Fiction

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