When I Die: A Meditation on Death for Children & Their Families, the first non-fiction book by acclaimed children's author Carol Matas, has climbed to No. 37 on Amazon.ca's top 100 Best Seller List in the Teen Health category.
Because the book is so short and simple, not everyone "gets" this book. But author Elle Maxwell certainly did, entitling her review " Tiny Book. Huge Impact":
“The simplicity of the book’s message took root in my mind. It kept resurfacing each day, imprinting on my consciousness. As more time passed, the final sentence of the book gained more and more power. I derived immense comfort from it. I found I could not shake the impact of this book… When I Die may make a similar indelible impression on you, your children, or grandchildren.”
Although When I Die is available in ebook and print, because it is a picture book, illustrated with beautiful photos by Carol's daughter-in-
Carol Matas is an internationally acclaimed author of 43 books for children and young adults, ranging from Holocaust and historical fiction, to contemporary, fantasy and science fiction. Eleven of her best-selling novels, including Daniel’s Story, deal specifically with the Holocaust; they are read in schools as a way of teaching children about this dark period of recent history. Daniel’s Story was commissioned by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., to accompany the museum’s children’s exhibit.
Carol’s many awards include the Sydney Taylor Book Award (Sworn Enemies), the New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age (Sworn Enemies, The Burning Time, After the War, The Garden, In My Enemy’s House and The War Within) and New York Times Book Review Notable Book (Lisa’s War). Dealing with serious and thought-provoking issues, her novels have been published all over the world in more than a dozen languages and are loved by readers of all ages.
Carol Matas lives in Winnipeg, Canada, with her husband Per Brask, an accomplished Canadian poet, dramaturge and author. More about Carol Matas can be found at http://carol.carolmatas.com/