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Nowhere Feels Like Home: (A Misfit McCabe Novel) Paperback – November 23, 2009

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Book 2 of 3 in the Misfit McCabe Series

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About the Author

Born in Seattle, WA and raised & living in southern California with her husband Denny, and their three wonderful, miniature, long-haired dachshund's, Gryphon, Phoenix and Elsa, LK Gardner-Griffie is definitely a west coast girl, but loves to travel. The love of writing and travel were fostered very young by reading Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and deciding that she and Jo had a great deal in common. While she didn't have 3 sisters, and a father absentee in the war, the making up of stories, dramatic feelings, and a quick temper were enough for LK to know that she and Jo would have been kindred spirits. LK Gardner-Griffie started writing her first, never to be published, novel at the ripe old age of 9. She believes in that magic nation of imagination, and in everything sees the story lurking beneath the surface. Outside the world of writing, LK loves her pups, listening to music and even more, singing. Country music is her favored genre (because that's what she sings). She and her husband Denny are strong supporters of Cal State Fullerton Baseball (Go Titans!) and they thoroughly enjoy supporting their nieces and nephews in their sport and music related endeavors. After having spent time working in a variety of jobs, such as retail sales, insurance, throwing papers for the LA Times, pre-school teacher, and a brief, but memorable stint at a gas station, LK currently works for an international shipping company in the capacity of business, process, system support manager. She has decided it is time to carve out time for writing as there are several more projects that she has in the works, as well as those that are still just a glimmer in her mind.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Shanlian WordLit Press (November 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098423831X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984238316
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,681,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LK Gardner-Griffie is a two-time teen choice award winning author for her Misfit McCabe series. Daughter to a rocket scientist and an artist, LK combines the traits of both into a quirky yet pragmatic writer. In addition to writing, LK holds down a full-time job with an international transportation company as a process and efficiency expert. Her leisure time is spent with her husband sharing a love of music, singing, and college baseball. She writes into the night with the help of her three long-haired miniature dachshunds. Night is when imagination takes flight.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shannon L. Yarbrough VINE VOICE on January 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was given the privilege of reading LK Gardner-Griffie's new book, Nowhere Feels Like Home, while it was still in its infant stages before publication. I was first introduced to LK's writing when reading her first book, Misfit McCabe, the first in a series of three books following the teenage days of Katie McCabe.

Katie becomes displaced from her routine after her father gets sick and passes away, and she has to go live with Uncle Charley and her cousins. The book came to a climax when Katie was kidnapped by her school bully, Harvey Denton Jr., and left in the hills all alone. After almost drowning, then getting bit by a rattlesnake and breaking an ankle, Katie finally made it home alive.

Nowhere Feels Like Home picks up right where the first book left off, where we quickly discover that while Katie is okay and recovering, things don't really feel like "home" to her. She still feels displaced, and if it wasn't for the broken ankle forcing her to stay in bed most of the day, she'd probably be back out there into trouble or searching to find her own self once again.

As I emailed back and forth with LK during the writing and editing process, I can remember in the very beginning how she had no idea how she was going to write a book with her main character stuck in bed with a broken ankle throughout most of the book. I was anxious to see how she was going to pull it off as well.

As an author myself, I know the challenges of coming up with a plot and then finding out how you are going to move your characters through it. What scenes will you create and how will you connect them? What conversations will your characters have and how will they be relevant to the plot?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Welch on December 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
Readers of all ages fell in love with fourteen-year-old Katie McCabe when they discovered MISFIT McCABE, the first book in LK Gardner-Griffie's young adult series. Now they can follow Katie's adventures in book two, NOWHERE FEELS LIKE HOME.

In MISFIT McCABE, when Katie's father became seriously ill she went to live with her Uncle Charley, cousins Matt, Mark and Sarah. Almost before she could take the next breath, she lost her father, her home and her friends. Life for Katie would never be the same. Then Katie got into the worse trouble of her life when her new arch-enemy, bully Harvey Denton Jr., along with his cohort Emma, abducted Katie. Harvey then took Katie into the hills, where he left her bound and gagged, but not before pushing her into a river. Katie almost drowned. Trying to find her way home, she slipped and broke her ankle and then was bitten by a rattlesnake. Katie struggled back to civilization. NOWHERE FEELS LIKE HOME picks up the story where MISFIT McCABE left off.

After an extract from Katie's diary, which serves to reacquaint readers with the events in MISFIT McCABE, chapter one begins poignantly with Katie in a delirious sleep, reliving almost drowning in the river. She hears the voices of her father and mother, only to wake and remember they are dead. From this first page to the last, readers are pulled back into Katie's world and all who inhabit it.

Katie learns that her war with Harvey Jr. is only the tip of the iceberg in an ongoing feud with the Dentons, and escalates an already tense situation. She is besieged by unexpected, unwelcome, confusing emotions which appear out of nowhere in the form of sudden fits of raging anger or overwhelming sorrow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denise Grover Swank on January 13, 2010
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My daughter and I loved Misfit McCabe, the first book in this series, so we couldn't wait to read this book-- we weren't disappointed!

Nowhere Feels Like Home picks up where Misfit McCabe left off, although if you haven't read Misfit McCabe the journal entry in the beginning brings you up to speed. Katie is stuck in bed with a broken ankle and is still dealing with the recent death of her father as well as the trauma of her accident, caused by her nemesis Harvey, Jr.

While the first book focused entirely on Katie, this book tells more of Sarah's story. Katie's boyfriend Tom plays a larger roll in this book which causes Sarah some protective concern. Sarah relates her own high school boyfriend experience and how protective their cousins, Matt and Mark, were of her. At one point, Sarah gives Katie "the talk" which is handled in a mature and tasteful way. My 12 year old daughter and I have already had a few "talks" but this delved more into kissing, feeling and emotions. It was a great conversation bridge into those topics.

Timmy, Katie's best friend from her old home town, shows up and makes Katie reexamine her situation and her new family. Where is her home?

Julia and I loved this book and anxiously await book #3! (Team Rusty! We going to make t shirts!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GMTA Publishing on July 15, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Book Title: "Misfit McCabe" & "Nowhere Feels Like Home"
Author: L.K. Gardner-Griffie
Published By: Shanlian Wordlit Press
Age Recommended: 14+
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5

Review: L.K. Gardner-Griffie is a profound writer that knows teenagers so well! Both of her novels address very real issues of teenagers today and her heroine, Katie McCabe is fantastic. These books make for a great read for youngsters 14 and older. Both, Pearson Prize, Teen Choice Award winners they are by far some of the best, realistic teen novels I have read.
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