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The Wrong Way Home by Kate O'Shaughnessy
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Apr 02, 2024 | ISBN 9780593650738

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★ ”Gripping. A strong, emotionally intelligent story.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ ”The suspenseful story is immediately intriguing, skillfully conveying the high-stakes situation and effortlessly drawing the audience in. A tremendous testament to the power in plotting your own course.
—Booklist, starred review

★ ”Lovingly crafted with depth and compassion. Nuance suffuses this story of discovery, as Fern’s blind faith grows tenuous.” 
— Bulletin, starred review

“Driven by a growing self-awareness that she can choose who and what she believes, this is a moving portrait of a girl undergoing drastic change.” —Publishers Weekly

“This coming-of-age story centers a girl trying to decide what is right as she struggles to change from one culture to another. The first-person narrative is believable and thought-provoking as Fern reconsiders everything she’s thought to be true.” —School Library Journal

“O’Shaughnessy presents a high stakes situation and zeroes in on a child narrator’s believable emotions. That tight focus on the narrator even when she is misguided or doesn’t have all the facts allows readers to draw their own conclusions.” — The Horn Book Magazine

“Kate O’Shaughnessy is an extraordinarily talented author whose gift is an innate understanding of the inner life of twelve-year-olds.”
—Gennifer Choldenko, Newbery Honor Winner for Al Capone Does My Shirts

“To leave behind a world that seems totally secure and safe and comfortable, for a world in which you make your own decisions and claim your own life—that is one of our great journeys.  In The Wrong Way Home, Fern has to battle her own fear, elaborate illusions, misunderstandings, and the past mistakes of others to get on with that journey—and, dear reader, you will not be able to turn the pages fast enough to see if she makes it.  Plan on reading this in one sitting; matters of the human soul don’t bear interruption.”
—Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor Winner for The Wednesday Wars

“Young readers will cheer for Fern as she finds the courage to confront the troubling doctrines she has been raised with and reinvent her ideas of home.”
—Jacquetta Nammar Feldman, author of Wishing Upon the Same Stars and The Puttermans Are in the House


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