Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Blog Tour/Review: Never That Far by Carol Lynch Williams

Never That Far, by Carol Lynch Williams
2018, 176p, Middle-Grade Fiction
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way

After her grampa dies, the last place Libby expects to see him is sitting on the edge of her bed. But that’s what happens the night after the funeral.

Even more surprising is that Grampa has three important things to tell her: first, that she isn’t alone or forgotten—“The dead ain’t never that far from the liv­ing,” he says; second, that she has “the Sight”—the ability to see family mem­bers who have died; and third, that there is something special just for her in the lake. Something that could help her and her father—if she can find it.

Libby and Grampa try to help her father heal from his grief, but it will take all of Libby’s courage and her gift of Sight to convince her father that the dead are never truly gone.

Never That Far is set in the lush, rural landscape of central Florida and is a story that celebrates friendship, hope, and the power of family love.

Libby is 12 years old and has recently lost her Grampa. Her father is having a hard time since Libby is the only family he has left. Libby is able to see her Grampa, which comforts her, but her father doesn't believe she can really see him.

I loved the way the author wrote this. I felt like I was reading a story written by a young girl. Libby was easy to fall in love with and I liked how the story unfolded through her eyes. I enjoyed all the characters--her good friend, Bobby Myers, who believes in her and is willing to help her in her quest for treasure; Melinda Burls, the preacher who she has some funny exchanges with; her father, who is grieving but isn't too far gone that he's unable to show her any affection; and, of course, Grampa, who wants to help Libby and her father heal.

I loved this coming of age story! It's a quick read and has a great message.

Carol Lynch Williams, who grew up in Florida and now lives in the West, is an award-winning novelist with six daughters and one son. She has an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College, and she won the prestigious PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship. The Chosen One was names one of the ALA's Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and Best Books for Young Adult Readers and was featured on numerous lists of recommended YA fiction. Carol's other novels include Messenger, Glimpse, Miles from Ordinary, The Haven, Waiting and the Just in Time series.


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