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It's a young adult book about a young boy who wants to go to school to be a healer and he does and is very good at it and for that he is targeted by very powerful people for his gift of healing that's about all I remember and I think his brother dies

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    I highly recommend going to scifi.stackexchange.com/tags/story-identification/info and seeing if you can answer any of the questions there. For example, when did you read this? Do you remember anything about the cover? What language was it in? How long was it? – FuzzyBoots Sep 13 '16 at 20:57
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    You might also want to wander over to How to ask a good story-ID question? and work your way through the checklists there. – Valorum Sep 13 '16 at 20:58
  • What was the setting? What age/ethnicity was the boy? What was the boy's name? Were there any other characters in the book? Did he want to be a magical healer or just a normal doctor? Why were his healing skills special? Who were the "powerful people" targeting him? Why couldn't they just hire him? What did his brother die from? – Valorum Sep 13 '16 at 21:00
  • What aspect of this is Sci-Fi or Fantasy? (Do we assume "healer" refers to magical healer?) – Möoz Sep 14 '16 at 5:08
  • I think it could have definitely been a better question, but it sufficed. – FuzzyBoots Sep 14 '16 at 10:15
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Blind guess from keywords, Secret Sacrament. It's a young adult book with a young boy who becomes a healer. According to the reviews, his brother dies in the course of the book.

Book cover

Terrified, a young Navaron child watches helplessly from his hiding place as a young Shinili woman is brutally beaten and abused by a group of drunken Navaron men. Too frightened to answer her pleas for help, the child runs away, taking with him the sacred bone carving of the Shinili people. In doing so, he forever binds himself and his fate to them. Gabriel is no ordinary boy. His life is now marked out for greatness by powers beyond his understanding...He's never wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and become a wealthy, sea-faring merchant, celebrated by all in the ancient empire of Navora - but cold and distant to his family. Haunted by a terrible childhood secret Gabriel spurns family tradition and duties as the eldest son, to pursue a life of helping others. Derived from a deep sense of guilt and strange mysterious visions Gabriel knows that he is destined to become a healer, with the power to decipher dreams, no matter what his overbearing family argues. But against his will, Gabriel finds himself caught up in the power struggles of a corrupt Empire, endangering all that he loves. His decision to hold true to his destiny is one that will cost him dearly, and one that threatens to tear apart the entire Navoran Empire - but which might just end up saving an entire people.

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  • +1 from me. It's the same one I found when I googled for "young adult fantasy" + "a healer" + "dead brother" – Valorum Sep 13 '16 at 21:03
  • That is the book thank you so much have been looking for this book for a long time – Nick Sep 13 '16 at 21:04
  • @Nick - Such a shame you didn't think to use google. – Valorum Sep 13 '16 at 21:05
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    Eh, sometimes it's a matter of using the right keywords, and recognizing the chaff from the wheat. This was the 4th or 5th book in the list I came up with in my tabs. – FuzzyBoots Sep 13 '16 at 21:07
  • @FuzzyBoots - If you google the question title, this book is fifth on the list – Valorum Sep 13 '16 at 21:09

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