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My Diary from the Edge of the World
Contributor(s): Anderson, Jodi Lynn (Author)

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ISBN: 1442483873     ISBN-13: 9781442483873
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks
OUR PRICE: $14.44  

Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: November 2015

Annotation: Spirited, restless Gracie Lockwood, twelve, of Cliffden, Maine, living in a world where sasquatches, dragons, giants, and mermaids are common, keeps a diary of her family's journey in a used Winnebago as they seek The Extraordinary World in hopes of keeping her little brother, Sam, safe against all odds.
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BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore - General
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Family - General (see Also Headings Under Social Themes)
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2014039910
Age Level: 8-12
Grade Level: 3-7
Lexile Measure: 1020(Not Available)
Physical Information: 1.3" H x 5.7" W x 8.4" (1.10 lbs) 432 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 178119
Reading Level: 6.1   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 13.0
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Contributor Bio(s): Anderson, Jodi Lynn: - Jodi Lynn Anderson is the bestselling author of several critically acclaimed books for young people, including Tiger Lily and the May Bird trilogy. She lives with her husband and son in Asheville, North Carolina, a city that appears to have been founded by elves.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Spring)
Twelve-year-old Gracie's world is almost like ours--except that the planet is flat, dragons exist, and poltergeists stopped the Industrial Revolution. When the arrival of a Dark Cloud seems to portend her younger brother Sam's death, the family tries to escape fate by leaving for the fabled Extraordinary World. Intricate details of Gracie's world emerge gradually through her sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant diary entries.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2016 #1)
High-spirited twelve-year-old Gracie Lockwood's world is almost like ours—except that the planet is flat, dragons exist (and migrate), and poltergeists stopped the Industrial Revolution from getting very far. When the arrival of an ominous Dark Cloud seems to portend her younger brother Sam's death, there is only one way for the family to escape fate: by leaving for the fabled Extraordinary World from which no one has ever returned. Th Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 September #2)

Living in Camden, Maine, 12-year-old Gracie Lockwood is used to dragons, giants, and vampires. Even her grandmother, a witch living in the Smokey Mountains, keeps ghosts in her backyard. When a Dark Cloud, a harbinger of death, arrives at the family's doorstep, Gracie, her siblings, their parents, and her orphaned friend Oliver escape their beloved town in a Winnebago. They embark on a journey across the country in search of the Extraordinary World, a place without supernatural beings, believed to be a myth by everyone except Gracie's absent-minded father. Anderson (Tiger Lily) infuses the novel, written in the form of Gracie's diary, with effervescent magic and harrowing adventure, and every enticing cliffhanger makes it difficult to put down. Gracie and family weather a soul-stealing genie, phantom ships, and a weak-kneed guardian angel named Virgil in their escape from death, only to discover the necessity in accepting one's fate and the importance of family. Anderson leaves no stone unturned as she creates characters with zest and heart, as well as settings that encompass the best of all imaginary lands. Ages 8–12. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Nov.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 August)

Gr 4–7—Gracie Lockwood is a spirited girl and journal writer, who lives with her parents, brother, and sister right down the street from a T.J.Maxx that was recently burned down by dragons. Her world mirrors ours, in that there is a Wendy's, Taco Bell, and McDonald's off of Route 1. It differs, however, because Sasquatches roam the forests, depressed ghosts linger, and for a pretty penny, one can hire a guardian angel should one require protection. Perhaps the most ominous thing about her world is the fact that dark clouds visit the homes of anyone whose life they're about to take. When such a cloud appears over Gracie's home, the family believes it has come for her ailing younger brother, Sam. Their one chance at outrunning his death is crossing over into the Extraordinary World. Her father, a somewhat unreliable scientist believes that a parallel universe exists, one in which humans thrive without the death clouds and other dangers found in their own world. When the Lockwoods purchase a Winnebago to flee their town in pursuit of the Extraordinary World, readers are taken on a fun-filled, well-paced, modern adventure. VERDICT Fans of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" will enjoy this heartfelt, bittersweet, and ever-so-clever coming-of-age fantasy. It is a must-add to any middle grade collection.—Pilar Okeson, Allen-Stevenson School, New York City

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