“Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold. When we first meet Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. As she looks down from this strange new place, she tells us, in the fresh and spirited voice of a fourteen-year-old girl, a tale that is both haunting and full of hope. And she explores the place called heaven. It looks like a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. With compassion, longing and a growing understanding, Susie sees her loved ones pass through grief and begin to mend.