Excerpt - Too Far Away to Touch
"Why did the man in the Planetarium call the sky the heavens?" I asked
"I don't know, Zoe."
"Is that where people go when they die?"
"Are you going to die, Uncle Leonard?" I looked at his face in the moonlight.
Uncle Leonard didn't answer for a minute, but I felt his hand squeeze my shoulder tight.
"Everyone has to die sometime, Zoe," he said. "There is no cure for AIDS yet, so I may die soon. But I hope not. I'd like to live for a long, long time."
I looked up at the stars again. "But where will you go when you die?"
"I don't know where I'll go," Uncle Leonard said, "but I know where I'll be.
Too far away to touch, but close enough to see."
As soon as he said it, I
knew he was right, because even with my eyes closed I could picture Uncle
Leonard sitting at the cafe near the Planetarium, smiling his sad kind of
© 1995 Lesléa Newman
Reviews - Too Far Away to Touch
"Exceptionally thoughtful...Newman's treatment of her subject is
singularly sensitive....it's hard to imagine a more appropriate book
that deals so gently and insightfully with such an important
topic." --Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
"An important book in which a young girl comes to an understanding of death, and more importantly, of love." --The Horn Book Magazine
"This is a beautifully done quiet tale that will be meaningful to all children who have lost a beloved relative to any illness, but especially to AIDS. A special story of the enduring nature of love." --School Library Journal