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Walk Me Home [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Ryan Hyde
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,558 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Since their mother’s sudden death, sixteen-year-old Carly and her eleven-year-old sister, Jen, have been walking and hitchhiking across the Southwest trying to find Teddy, the closest thing they have to a family. Carly desperately hopes Teddy will take them in and save them from going into foster care—and forgive them for the lies told by their mother.

But when the starving girls get caught stealing food on a Native American reservation, their journey gets put on hold. While the girls work off their debt, Carly becomes determined to travel onward—until Jen confesses a terrible secret that leaves both sisters wondering if they can ever trust again.

Set against the backdrop of the American Southwest, Walk Me Home and its resilient heroines will inspire readers and renew their faith in recovery and redemption.

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About the Author

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author and co-author of nineteen books, including When I Found You, Second Hand Heart, and Don’t Let Me Go. Her novel Pay It Forward was included on the ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults list, translated into twenty-three foreign editions, and turned into a major Warner Brothers motion picture. Her short stories have received honorable mentions in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, nominations for Pushcart Prizes and the O. Henry Award, and citations in the Best American Short Stories anthologies. Along with Anne R. Allen, she recently co-authored How To Be A Writer In The E-Age…And Keep Your E-Sanity. An avid traveler and amateur photographer, she has hiked the Grand Canyon, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and many more of the world’s most beautiful places. She currently resides in Cambria, California.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2170 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611097975
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (April 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0099TF3RI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,006 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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142 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great snowstorm book March 13, 2013
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After Carly and Jen's mom dies, they take off in search of mom's ex-boyfriend. This story is about their journey - and major bump in the road. While the girls aren't like any teenage girls I've known, they are entirely believable. The author has done a remarkable job with this story. Carly and Jen are missed. I didn't want this book to end. I enjoyed the pace of the story, as well as the ending. Since it was snowing pretty hard, I had planned to relax and read an hour or so and ended up reading this book straight through. I can't really pinpoint exactly what sucked me in, but I knew I could not stop once I started. (Haven't been able to say that about a book for a very long time.)

I've researched this author a little on and discovered she has many books rated between 3.5 to 4 stars. I don't know why I haven't read her work before this. I plan to change that - immediately.
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146 of 154 people found the following review helpful
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Author Catherine Ryan Hyde has a way of putting pen to paper, of crafting her words into sentences that makes us visualize her characters and settings as we read her words. Her most celebrated novel, Pay It Forward, was first published in 2000 and resulted in not just the highly acclaimed film of the same name, but a worldwide movement that continues to grow to this day.

Her newest book, Walk Me Home, has a different feeling altogether. It's not better or worse; it's another facet of the surprises of which this writer crafts so skillfully. Keeping it simple, this one is the tale of two sisters, sixteen-year-old Carly and her eleven-year-old sister Jen, who are left on their own after the sudden death of their single mother and the imminent intimidation of Child Protective Services looms over them. They begin a trek across New Mexico, northern Arizona and other areas in the Southwest's high desert, hoping to try and get back to their mother's last boyfriend, the only family they feel that they've known.

The two girls make their way to a Native American reservation where they are compelled to stop. Hunger has set in, and the girls try to pilfer some food. This leads to a set of unforeseen circumstances for the sisters along with new characters encountered, and eventually older sister Carly is forced to make some painful decisions.

Catherine Ryan Hyde's skill at creating highly believable characters shines through in this book, as it has in her previous offerings. She creates realistic, though often surprising situations within which the individuals function.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poignant but flawed March 10, 2013
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Carly and her younger sister Jen have always had to look out for themselves, as their single mom is busy juggling multiple jobs, plus a string of "loser" boyfriends. When Teddy enters their lives, Carly starts to think that maybe this time will be different, as he genuinely seems to care about her and her sister, but that hope is short-lived. When a string of unbelievable (to Carly) and tragic events separates the two of them from her mom and her new boyfriend, the girls are suddenly alone with little money and the threat of Child Protective Services hanging over them. Carly hopes to be reunited with Teddy, but Jen prefers to stay with an elderly Native American woman, who they meet when trying to steal eggs from her henhouse. When Jen refuses to leave with her, Carly must decide whether to journey on alone, and in doing so, figure out who is telling the truth, the definition of "home," and who she can ultimately trust.

The book reminded me Cynthia Voight's "Homecoming," the prequel to "Dicey's Song," in which a young teen, abandoned by her mentally ill mother, must take care of her three younger siblings and bring them safely to their eccentric grandmother's house. The heroines are both stubborn, opinionated and have (with reason) a hard time trusting other people and asking for help. I admired the author's decision not to have the girls meet a long string of Good Samaritans, which would have been unrealistic (but common in such books). However, I had trouble with a major plot point: that Carly would refuse to believe her sister's claim, despite there being no history of her sister ever lying before. Still, I think young adults would enjoy this book. There is a brief party scene and a few f-bombs in one paragraph, but otherwise pretty clean. Also, the two girls are basically honest and try to do the right thing, despite some of their decisions while on the road.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and touching March 4, 2013
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After their mother dies, Carly (16) and her younger sister Jen start walking from New Mexico toward California to find their mother's ex-boyfriend -- the only person who Carly loves and trusts. Starving, dehydrated, sunburned and blistered, they are caught stealing eggs by an elderly Native American woman who insists they remain with her to work off their debt. The sisters are soon at odds as one wants to stay and one wants to continue on to California.

Catherine Ryan Hyde has done it again. Another heartbreaking and touching story of a troubled and confused teen trying to leave behind a tough childhood to become an adult that she can be proud of.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Catherine Ryan Hyde
I've enjoyed every book of hers that I've read. All the stories are real to life and they hold my interest all the way to the end. Read more
Published 10 hours ago by Nancy J. Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Walk Me Home
I enjoyed reading this book. I would say it's not for people who get depressed easily by just reading a book. Read more
Published 18 hours ago by Lynna C. Edmondson
3.0 out of 5 stars okay. light reading.
okay. light reading. predictable
Published 1 day ago by JCW
3.0 out of 5 stars alright, but not her best
Difficult to grasp the author's message and point of view... I kept asking myself where this is going. But it was enjoyable in the broader sense. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Lynn Yoder
3.0 out of 5 stars great story
It was intriguing and well written. Kept you reeled in until the last page. Only problem is the use of four letter words that were completely unnecessary. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Donna Browning
5.0 out of 5 stars Walk me home
This is the first time to read any books by miss Hyde but it kept me interested till the end.many tears smiles and times of things happening throughout the chapters. Read more
Published 4 days ago by vicki heinek
5.0 out of 5 stars A very compelling story.
Very real, and this could be something that has happened in the families of many who read this. All of the characters are well drawn and believable. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Sisters' Journey To Find A Place To Call Home
Great story with good lessons on trust, truth and self-exploration. Carly and Jen are young women (early and mid teens) whose single, hard-working, spouse-needy mother is dead. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Vicky Kae
4.0 out of 5 stars Writing wins!
As an experienced teacher of high school and middle school students, I found the premise of the book entirely improbable. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving - I want to read it again.
This was the first Catherine Ryan Hyde book I've read, and it was wonderful. Rarely do I read a book where I then want to read everything written by the author. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Sadie
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More About the Author

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of 27 published and forthcoming books, including TAKE ME WITH YOU, WHERE WE BELONG, WHEN I FOUND YOU, WALK ME HOME, SECOND HAND HEART, DON'T LET ME GO, and WHEN YOU WERE OLDER. New Kindle editions of her backlist titles FUNERALS FOR HORSES, EARTHQUAKE WEATHER AND OTHER STORIES, ELECTRIC GOD, and WALTER'S PURPLE HEART are now available. Also available is THE LONG, STEEP PATH: EVERYDAY INSPIRATION FROM THE AUTHOR OF PAY IT FORWARD, her first book-length creative nonfiction.

She has three new novels forthcoming from Lake Union/Amazon Publishing, including THE LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS in December of '14 and WORTHY in the summer of '15.

An avid hiker, traveler, and amateur photographer, she has just released her first book of photos, 365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE: PHOTOS FROM A BEAUTIFUL WORLD.

She is co-author, with publishing industry blogger Anne R. Allen, of HOW TO BE A WRITER IN THE E-AGE: A SELF-HELP GUIDE.

Her best-known novel, PAY IT FORWARD, was adapted into a major motion picture, chosen by the American Library Association for its Best Books for Young Adults list, and translated into more than 23 languages for distribution in over 30 countries. The paperback was released in October 2000 by Pocket Books and quickly became a national bestseller. Simon & Schuster released PAY IT FORWARD: YOUNG READERS' EDITION in August of '14. It is suitable for kids as young as eight. A special anniversary edition of the original PAY IT FORWARD is forthcoming in December of '14

LOVE IN THE PRESENT TENSE enjoyed bestseller status in the UK, where it broke the top ten, spent five weeks on the bestseller lists, was reviewed on a major TV book club, and shortlisted for a Best Read of the Year award at the British Book Awards. Both BECOMING CHLOE and JUMPSTART THE WORLD were included on the ALA's Rainbow List, and JUMPSTART THE WORLD was a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards. WHERE WE BELONG won two Rainbow Awards in 2013.

More than 50 of her short stories have been published in The Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train and many other journals, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts and the bestselling anthology Dog is my Co-Pilot. Her stories have been honored in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and the Tobias Wolff Award and nominated for Best American Short Stories, the O'Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have been cited in Best American Short Stories.

She is founder and former president (2000-2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with Americorps members at the White House and shared a dais with Bill Clinton.

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