Don’t know what to read next? Are you ready for an adventure? Try The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. You will not be disappointed with your decision. I sure wasn’t. You are probably thinking that it looks boring and the cover has nothing to do with the title, but don’t let that discourage you from discovering the greatness that lies on its pages. On those pages is an intriguing story of a man who believes that his life is pointless until he arrives in heaven.
Eddie, the main character, loved to go to the pier as a child to ride the rides and play the games. To his dismay, he followed in his father’s footsteps and worked at the pier his whole life. Eddie’s father had made his childhood miserable by abusing and avoiding Eddie. When Eddie’s father passed, Eddie was left with his mother. He went off to war and was taken prisoner in the jungle. When Eddie and the others escaped, Eddie experienced many things that he had no desire to talk about. Once back from the war, Eddie returned to his wife and his maintenance job at the pier. At the pier, Eddie worked very hard to keep everyone safe on the rides, as evidenced during Eddie’s last minutes on earth. During his time in heaven, Eddie saw things that he had never seen while he was alive, and these experiences provided him with a sense of closure.
I know you are interested in meeting the people that Eddie met and learning all about Eddie’s amazing time on earth as well as in heaven.
Recommended for grades 9-12.