How far would you travel to find the truth?
CJ’s Aunt Nic is a psychic medium who tours the country speaking to spirits from Far Away, passing on messages from the dearly departed. And CJ knows first hand how comforting those messages can be—Aunt Nic's Gift is the only way CJ can talk to her mom, who died just hours after she was born. But when CJ learns she won’t be able to speak to her mother anymore even with Aunt Nic’s help, she sets off on a road trip with a boy named Jax to locate the one object that can tether her mother’s spirit back to Earth. . . . And what she discovers will challenge every truth she’s ever known.
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(aligned to Common Core standards for grades 4-7)
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Publishers Weekly / STARRED review
★ Graff nimbly crafts a credible novel from the unlikely, shaping layered characters and unforeseen plot twists while exploring issues of truth and illusion—and the emotion-infused miasma that separates the two. A genuinely moving and memorable story.
National Book Award nominee Lisa Graff deftly captures that brief moment in childhood when you’re young enough to believe in magic while also coping with very real, serious life concerns in her latest novel, about a girl who must decide what to believe in—and in whom to trust.
The story is a genre blend of mystery and realistic family drama, with hints of magic and mysticism. Graff never shies away from difficult topics, and this is as brave as expected. It's less about spirit than about faith as a larger concept, and it includes a welcome representation of nontraditional family units; the boundaries of trust and its repair when broken; preteen independence; and the permanence of our decisions.
School Library Journal
CJ is a headstrong but honest and caring protagonist, and Graff imbues CJ’s story with many valuable lessons about forgiveness, respect, and honoring a variety of perspectives. A compelling coming-of-age tale that delicately approaches the complex topics of psychic mediums and grief.
The Buffalo News
The talented Lisa Graff pulls off a real sleight of hand, offering memorable characters and genuine emotional heft in this colorful tale of a 12-year-old girl traveling the country with her psychic medium-aunt.
Midwest Book Review
Another deftly crafted, inherently absorbing, and impressively entertaining novel by Lisa Graff, Far Away is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to school and community library collections.
A story filled with pathos and trust-shaking revelations . . . Page-turning.
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