Although this book is a fairly easy reader for older students, it is full of thought-provoking questions and ideas that your students will love to discuss.
This book best fits into a middle or high school English class.
Eddie is responsible for ensuring safe rides for kids at the amusement park. A ride’s cart is left hanging in mid-flight due to some mechanical failure. Here, he meets the Blue Man, an old performer from his childhood days at the pier.
In reality, Eddie dies and finds himself in Heaven. The Blue man is not congenial with Eddie and blames Eddie of his death.
Then the Blue Man tells Eddie how what he was younger he ran in front of the Blue Man’s car causing the Blue Man to have a panic attack that later caused him wreck his car and eventually killing him.
Eddie apologizes frantically but the Blue Man then teaches Eddie the first lesson that he will learn on his journey.The Blue Man used to work as a “freak” at Ruby Pier.The Blue Man tells Eddie that he was responsible for his death, and Eddie denies that he was.After dying Eddie goes on a journey through heaven and along the way he meets five people that teach him of the impact of things he has done during his life.Eddie work for an ocean-side amusement park as the head of maintenance.He does not enjoy his work and bears many regrets in his heart.His knee got injured in the Second World War and limited his options to try other vocations.Use these questions after students have finished reading the novel. We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities.You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree.Eddie is able to rescue his Captain and other prisoners.The Captain then decides to burn the empty village where he was imprisoned. He later dies in an explosion while escorting injured Eddie to safety. Eddie’s father cannot hear or see him as Eddie cannot go inside the diner.