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My Diary from the Edge of the World by [Anderson, Jodi Lynn]
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Length: 433 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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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Livingin Camden, Maine, 12-year-old Gracie Lockwood is used to dragons, giants, andvampires. Even her grandmother, a witch living in the Smokey Mountains, keepsghosts in her backyard. When a Dark Cloud, a harbinger of death, arrives at thefamily’s doorstep, Gracie, her siblings, their parents, and her orphaned friendOliver escape their beloved town in a Winnebago. They embark on a journeyacross the country in search of the Extraordinary World, a place withoutsupernatural beings, believed to be a myth by everyone except Gracie’sabsent-minded father. Anderson (Tiger Lily) infuses the novel, written in theform of Gracie’s diary, with effervescent magic and harrowing adventure, andevery enticing cliffhanger makes it difficult to put down. Gracie and familyweather a soul-stealing genie, phantom ships, and a weak-kneed guardian angelnamed Virgil in their escape from death, only to discover the necessity inaccepting one’s fate and the importance of family. Anderson leaves no stoneunturned as she creates characters with zest and heart, as well as settingsthat encompass the best of all imaginary land. (Publishers Weekly *STARRED REVIEW* September 14, 2015)

Within the pages of Gracie Lockwood’s diary is an extraordinary adventure: her family embarking to save her sickly little brother, Sam. Gracie’s world is strikingly similar to our own, except it is inhabited by dragons, poltergeists, sasquatch, and mermaids. When a Dark Cloud, a bringer of death, settles in the Lockwoods’ backyard, the family decides to try to outrun it before it can take Sam. They pack up a Winnebago and, joined by Gracie’s friend, set out across the country with plans to escape into the Extraordinary World. Gracie’s thoughtful, fresh-eyed perspective is the perfect lens through which to view Anderson’s alternate Earth, which tweaks history and familiar landscapes to accommodate its supernatural residents. Mentions of string theory and parallel universes serve as fleeting explanations for the existence of other worlds and endless possibility, yet the crux of the story lies in the closeness of the Lockwood

family, which is challenged and strained along the journey and proves to be the most magical element of all. (Booklist November 1, 2015)

Within the pages of Gracie Lockwood’s diary is an extraordinary adventure: her family embarking to save

her sickly little brother, Sam. Gracie’s world is strikingly similar to our own, except it is inhabited by

dragons, poltergeists, sasquatch, and mermaids. When a Dark Cloud, a bringer of death, settles in the

Lockwoods’ backyard, the family decides to try to outrun it before it can take Sam. They pack up a

Winnebago and, joined by Gracie’s friend, set out across the country with plans to escape into the

Extraordinary World. Gracie’s thoughtful, fresh-eyed perspective is the perfect lens through which to view

Anderson’s alternate Earth, which tweaks history and familiar landscapes to accommodate its supernatural

residents. Mentions of string theory and parallel universes serve as fleeting explanations for the existence

of other worlds and endless possibility, yet the crux of the story lies in the closeness of the Lockwood

family, which is challenged and strained along the journey and proves to be the most magical element of

all. (Booklist)

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. The Lockwoods—along with Gracie’s classmate

Oliver, new in town after being orphaned in a sasquatch attack—set out on

a cross-country Winnebago trip in search of a guardian angel and a ship that will

take them off the edge of their world to, it is implied, our own. Gracie’s family is

both aggravating and endearing, full of sibling rivalry and sibling loyalty, with one

almost-perfect parent and another who is given to frequent bouts of silent stupor.

Anderson wisely allows the intricate details of Gracie’s world to emerge gradually

through her protagonist’s sharp, sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant diary

entries. Although readers may be left with questions (how does gravity work on a

flat planet? Why are McDonald’s and TJ Maxx so prevalent in a semi-industrialized

world?), Gracie herself is concerned with far more important questions of honesty

and survival. Subtle nods to contemporary issues, notably climate change, shape

the book’s themes without detracting from the fast-moving plot. (The Horn Book Magazine January/February 2016)

Gracie Lockwood is a fearless, spirited young girl who lives with her atypical family in an atypical world; one of flying dragons, vampire laws protecting humans, and much more. Young readers will enjoy this most unusual fantasy filled with things they know, like McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, and goldfish crackers, but also fantastical ideas, such as the Civil War, Sasquatch, Magellan discovering the world was flat, and ghosts from the Underworld. One day, Gracie’s vision of dark clouds frightens her into believing that traveling to the Extraordinary World is the only course of action for her family. The family sets out on the adventure of their lives to find the safe place. This is a charming, fantastical adventure that is mythical and magical, family flaws and all. Readers of all ages will enjoy this story that focuses on family and trust in one another.

Recommended (School Library Connection March 2016)

* 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 MacDonald’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. (School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW )

"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." (School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW )

In her diary, GracieLockwood records her family's flight for the fabled Extraordinary World, wheremagic doesn't exist. Twelve-year-old Gracie lives in Cliffden, Maine, with hereccentric, meteorologist father; hippie-manqué, musician mother; irritatingolder sister, Millie; and sweet, sickly little brother, Sam. In hopes ofescaping the Dark Cloud that has clearly come to take Sam, the family pilesinto a Winnebago to head south and then west, chasing the hope that theExtraordinary World both exists and will be a safe haven. Along the way theypick up Oliver, orphaned in a sasquatch attack, and then a sasquatch, a trio ofpegasuses, and a guardian angel named Virgil. Gracie's sparkling narrativevoice is funny, smart, and convincingly ingenuous. Anderson builds amagic-filled world where the Industrial Revolution "got sort of cut inhalf," dragons migrate annually from Britain to South America, and 7-Elevensline the highways till the wilderness takes over. Though Anderson acknowledgesthe indigenous peoples of North America and those brought over as slaves, herstory is firmly grounded in an alternative, modern United States populated bythe descendants of Europeans. Gracie and her family are tested sorely, andreaders will be rooting for them to the last page. An endearing narrator, abeguiling world that accommodates both mermaids and Pixy Stix, and a genuinelymoving family story propel this adventure for readers who don't look too hardat the details. (Fantasy. 9-13) (Kirkus Reviews September 15, 2015)


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  • File Size: 3624 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1442483873
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (November 3, 2015)
  • Publication Date: November 3, 2015
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00TBKYLR8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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