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“Told with riveting language, this is a poignant tale that will resonate with readers of all ages and leave them reeling from such an emotional, gorgeous story.” — Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of Aru Shah and the End of Time

“From its first words, The Land of Yesterday has the pure crystal ring of a classic, like The Little Prince or The Phantom Tollbooth—beautiful, unique, and shimmering with truth. It’s a balm for grief, and a bursting fantastical joy of a story.” — Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Strange the Dreamer

“Richly imagined, creative, and entertaining.” — School Library Journal

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K. A. Reynolds is a poet and author from Winnipeg, Canada, currently residing in Maine. Her debut novel is The Land of Yesterday, followed by The Spinner of Dreams. Her superpowers include risqué Mad Libs, smiling, and saving spiders from certain peril. When not typing, daydreaming, or caring for the elderly, she enjoys swapping bad jokes with her numerous offspring, herding various furry beasts, and reading strange and colorful tales expertly crafted by other imagination astronauts in love with words. Visit her at www.kareynoldsbooks.com.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins; Reprint edition (July 30, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062673939
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062673930
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 12 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 3 - 7
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.12 x 0.58 x 7.62 inches
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Nick Tomlinson
5.0 out of 5 stars A deep and dreamlike journey to a land of lost souls
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on September 18, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars A deep and dreamlike journey to a land of lost souls
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on September 18, 2018
After Cecelia Dahl's brother dies in a tragic accident, her mother, grief-bound, tries to follow him into the place where all souls go after death - the Land of Yesterday. Cecelia, bearing the guilt for her part in her brother's death, embarks on a dangerous mission to rescue her mother.

Also featured: a kidnapped (dadnapped?) father, a mad sentient house, sentient hair!, gnomes in hot air balloons, a sea of daisies, people turning to paper, a planet of nightmares, a cameo by the Little Prince himself (St Exupery too)... It's not your standard middle-grade world-building. A bizarre but satisfying dream logic guides the non-stop dirigible-ride of a plot, and the sheer strangeness of it all allows the author to maintain a sense of enchantment while tackling weighty topics - death, abject guilt, grief - head on. (As you see from the author's note at the end, she's been there herself.)

Re. the book's treatment of the theme of coping with loss: no quick fixes are offered. Learning to carry your departed loved ones as part of you, living in the now instead of remaining lost in yesterday - these aren't easy palliatives; they're states of being we have to fight for, not least because how we deal with those we've lost has a profound effect on how we deal with those we haven't.

It's tempting to call it an intertextual Easter-egg hunt, given the volume of literary references. But the literary refs are more than just fandangles. You don't find them lying on the ground; often they ARE the ground. Sometimes the characters themselves are straight out of literature. You'll want to go and read/re-read The Little Prince, Lewis Carroll's Phantasmagoria, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader etc. etc. and ponder the relationships between those books and K.A. Reynolds' cosmos. Will definitely be re-reading this one, I'm guessing more than once.

Gorgeous artwork by Helen Musselwhite and Jensine Eckwall.
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