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Sneak Peek at “The Distance to Home”

We’re still in the dead of winter but here’s a book that will make summer feel a little bit closer. It’s called The Distance to Home and it comes out June 28, 2016. I received an early look at an advanced reader’s copy as part of my membership in The Sweet Sixteens debut authors club. This is my ten-year-old’s review:

The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop is about a girl named Quinnen trying to find herself after her older sister Haley passes away. {THIS HAS BEEN CENSORED FOR SPOILER ALERT REASONS} When Quinnen played baseball last year, her sister Haley was always cheering for her at the top of the stands. Now Quinnen can’t seem to pull herself back up after her sister’s death and has no interest in baseball.

The author uses the juxtaposition between this summer and last summer to tell the story of Haley’s death and Quinnen’s struggle to right herself. The jumping back and forth in time was confusing at first, but then made a lot of sense. It was an engrossing and interesting way to tell the story.

I think third and fourth graders would really enjoy The Distance to Home. But watch out. It also might make people with soft hearts cry.

1 Comment

  1. […] The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan, Fenway and Hattie by Victoria Coe, and The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop. Here’s his review of  The Rat Prince by Bridget […]

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