Fall 2022

A Long Way from Home

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Twelve-year-old Abby has a lot to worry about: Climate change. The news. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. And now moving to Florida for her mom’s new job at an aerospace company.

On the Space Coast, Abby meets two boys, Adam and Bix, who tell her they’re “a long way from home” and need her help. Abby discovers they’re from the future, from a time when all the problems of the 21st century have been solved. Thrilled, Abby strikes a deal with them: She’ll help them—if they let her come to the future with them. But soon Abby is forced to question her attachment to a perfect future and her complicated feelings about the present.

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978-1-7284-1670-0
$14.99
978-1-7284-6845-7
$24.99
Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Category Diverse Books: Mental Health & Neurodiversity, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 280
Publication Date 2022-10-04
Text Type Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy
BISACS JUV064000, JUV039240, JUV039220
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 720
Guided Reading Level X
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Reviews

The Horn Book Magazine

“[A] thought-provoking sci-fi novel . . . The tension of the boys’ quest will keep readers invested . . . [b]ut Abby’s situation is equally engrossing.”—The Horn Book Magazine

Karen McQuestion

“A blend of fantasy, science fiction, and coming-of-age…You won’t want to miss this remarkable book.” —Karen McQuestion, author of The Watchful Woods series

Edward Bloor

“Funny, fact-filled, and philosophical. This is an inspiring story for any kid who has been forced to move—to a new school, a new state, or a new point on the space-time continuum.”—Edward Bloor, author of Tangerine and Taken

Author: Laura Schaefer

Laura Schaefer is the author of The Teashop Girls, The Secret Ingredient, and Littler Women: A Modern Retelling. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Laura currently lives in Windermere, Florida, with her husband and daughter, where she enjoys visiting theme parks and watching rocket launches from her front yard. Visit her online at lauraschaeferwriter.com and twitter.com/teashopgirl.

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