My Diary From the Edge of the World

My Diary From the Edge of the World

Book - 2015 | First Aladdin hardcover edition.
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Told in diary form by an irresistible heroine, this playful and perceptive novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the May Bird trilogy sparkles with science, myth, magic, and the strange beauty of the everyday marvels we sometimes forget to notice.

Spirited, restless Gracie Lockwood has lived in Cliffden, Maine, her whole life. She's a typical girl in an atypical world: one where sasquatches helped to win the Civil War, where dragons glide over Route 1 on their way south for the winter (sometimes burning down a T.J. Maxx or an Applebee's along the way), where giants hide in caves near LA and mermaids hunt along the beaches, and where Dark Clouds come for people when they die.

To Gracie it's all pretty ho-hum...until a Cloud comes looking for her little brother Sam, turning her small-town life upside down. Determined to protect Sam against all odds, her parents pack the family into a used Winnebago and set out on an epic search for a safe place that most people say doesn't exist: The Extraordinary World. It's rumored to lie at the ends of the earth, and no one has ever made it there and lived to tell the tale. To reach it, the Lockwoods will have to learn to believe in each other--and to trust that the world holds more possibilities than they've ever imagined.
Publisher: New York :, Aladdin,, 2015.
Edition: First Aladdin hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781442483873
Characteristics: 419 pages


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Jun 25, 2017

The twist to the world we know as Earth and the wondrous adventure in it has me engaged. Love the book.

ElizF Jun 23, 2016

In an alternate world filled with fantasy creatures and a history similar to our own, Gracie and her family set out in a Winnebago to find the end of the Earth. Gracie is a fun, high spirited character, and leads readers through a fascinating world and adventure full of many touching moments.

KCLS_RobinH Jan 28, 2016

Nothing happens in this book until about page 223. In a world stocked with sasquatches and dragons, it's sad that the author doesn't make better use of these magical elements to flesh out what turns into a dreary road trip to escape death. Little explanation is given for who dies, furthermore. Not worth the paper it was printed on.

martha_w Dec 16, 2015

I loved this middle grade fantasy, set in a sort of alternate world in which Wal-Mart exists, but so do sasquatches and mermaids. It's the story of a family traveling to the ends of the earth (literally) in search of the Extraordinary World (i.e., our world) so they can escape the (again, literal) dark cloud that is following them. Anderson perfectly balances fantasy with family dynamics, and the end result is moving and memorable. At times funny, at others deeply sad, this is a lovely book from start to finish.

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