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Far Away

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Wild road trip drives emotional story of lies, loss, love.

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A 12-year-old's life on the tour circuit with her aunt who speaks to the dead is just the jumping-off place for Lisa Graff's imaginative, often funny tale of love, loss, forgiveness, and family. Far Away weaves a tangled web of emotions and things that may or may not be true, where characters do a lot of wrong things for what seem to be the right reasons (and vice versa), and there are surprising plot developments along the way. Then there's bright, strong-willed narrator andmain character CJ herself:

"'I'm teaching you to drive stick,' I say.

"'How do you know how to drive stick?' Jax's knuckles are gripped tight around the steering wheel. 'You're, like, ten.'

"'I'm twelve,' I reply. 'Today's my birthday. And your uncle taught me stick, same as he taught you.' I pause. 'Well, way better than he taught you, obviously. You're not giving it enough clutch. You gotta press all the way to the floor.'"

Book Details

  • Author: Lisa Graff
  • Genre: Family Life
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Philomel
  • Publication date: March 5, 2019
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: November 30, 2020

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