Alice Sebold was born on September 6, 1963. She is 49 years old and she is a famous writer. She has published three books, "Lucky," "The Lovely Bones" and "The Almost Moon." She was born in Madison, Wisconsin. Alice grew up in Philadelphia. She graduated from Great Valley High School in Malvern, Pennsylvania in the year of 1980. She later enrolled in Syracuse University. Alice was raped when she was at Syracuse University and she reported it to the police but there were no suspects found. She returned home to Pennsylvania to live and be with her family for the summer before she began her sophomore year at Syracuse University. After some months of her being at home, she returned to Syracuse to finish her bachelor's degree and to study writing. In 1995, Alice applied to graduate school at University of California, Irvine. When she was at UCI, she began to write "Lucky," as a memoir of her rape. Her second novel was called, "The Almost Moon." The New Yorker called it "Sebold's fixation on terror." The book begins: "When all is said and done, killing my mother came easily."


Genre is a category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter. The genre of the Lovely Bones is Contemporary Fiction.


The Book's setting is mainly in a small town near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Susie Salmon is an average fourteen year old girl, the parents who are tough on her and love her, the younger brother who is annoying but you can’t help but love him, the older sister who you get into arguments with but at the end of the day your best friends, the crush, but what if one day, that all was gone. The story unravels the mystery of Susie’s death and the journey Susie has to go through to get out of the “in between” world while you also go through the familys journey of coping, fighting, and learning to let go of your daughter, your sister, you best friend.


Flat Character- A character who reveals only one personality trait.

ex- Lindsey Salmon, Ray Singh, Ruth Connors and Buckley Salmon.

Round Character- A character who shows a variety of traits.

ex- Susie Salmon, Abigail Salmon, Jack Salmon, George Harvey, Len Fenerman, Samuel Heckler and Ruana Singh.



- Susie has an obsession with Ray in the beginning of the book and this will prepare us for the love scene at the end of the novel.

- Ruth had thoughts about rabbits and stuffed animals in the beginning of the book and it prepares us for the life she leads later in New York City.


- It is ironic that Susie’s charm bracelet is finally found, even when it is no longer needed, not even by Susie herself.

- One summer night, Susie’s mother told Susie that she looked invincible, but later on Susie is murdered.


Susie Salmon got taken in by her neighbor into a hole that he dug so that he could rape/kill her and put her into a safe. This is similar to Jaycee Dugard how she got taken when she was little for a very long time, got raped, but was found after a very long time. This is not exactly like Susie’s story because Jaycee was not killed but they both were kidnapped and raped. You always hear stories on the news about how some little girl got raped or abused so I think that a lot of people can understand what happened to Susie.

1. Susie is murdered and raped in the book and in the movie she is just killed.
2. The book doesn't talk about the "in between" as much as they did in the movie.
3. In the book Jack (Susie's Dad) has a heart attack and thats why Abigail comes back.


“My name is Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered.”

― Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

This quote is one of our favorites because it is the way the movie and the book open and it really grabs the attention of the reader to want to hear what happened to Susie.

“How to Commit the Perfect Murder" was an old game in heaven. I always chose the icicle: the weapon melts away.”

― Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

This quote is one of our favorites because it explains how Susie got revenge at the end of the book.

“These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections-sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent-that happened after I was gone. And I began to see things in a way that let me hold the world without me in it. The events that my death wrought were merely the bones of a body that would become whole at some unpredictable time in the future. The price of what I came to see as this miraculous body had been my life.”

― Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

This quote is one of our favorites because it has the title of the book in the description and it really goes into detail about her decision about her death.


1. Live each day like its your last.

2. Do not talk to strangers.

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Pictures of Characters: (Google Images)-

Jack Susie's Dad..............................................................George Harvey (killer of Susie)
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Susie Salmon......................................................Grandma Lynn
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Susie's Sister Linsey......................................................................Abigail Salmon Susie's Mom

Susie's Younger Brother Buckley