Out of Place


Product Details

Greenwillow Books
Publish Date
5.8 X 1.0 X 8.5 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Jennifer Blecher once worked as an assistant district attorney. Now she is a full-time writer and her work has appeared in both local and national magazines. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband and their three children, but spends part of every summer on Martha's Vineyard. www.jenniferblecher.com

Merrilee Liddiard grew up in a home filled with delightful artistic chaos and ample creativity. She is known for her love of kids' art design, toys and DIY crafts. Merrilee loves to travel, wander museums, sew, thrift, read and nap.


"A tender-hearted debut that navigates the emotional waters of wanting to stay young and grow up, all at the same time."--Jodi Kendall, critically-acclaimed author of THE UNLIKELY STORY OF A PIG IN THE CITY and DOG DAYS IN THE CITY
"Cove may feel out of place, but she'll quickly find her place in readers' hearts. Her voice glows like a Menemsha sunset in Jennifer Blecher's moving debut."--Julie Berry, author of The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place
"OUT OF PLACE is sensitively observed and deeply felt, yet also light on its feet. Some of its components seem, at first, peculiarly shaped, but this I promise you: They are all part of Jennifer Blecher's grand design. By the end, all the loose pieces come together beautifully, seamlessly, surprisingly, as if threaded with magic."--Jack Cheng, author of the acclaimed See You in the Cosmos
"[A] thought-provoking tale of childhood isolation and powerlessness experienced in a socially networked world . . . this recommended read should spark lively discussion; a good bet for an intergenerational book club. "--Kirkus Reviews
"Blecher's debut is a sensitive and compassionate tribute to every child who has ever felt like a misfit. . . .vibrant and memorable. Cove is an emotionally intelligent heroine who successfully names and processes her feelings. A beautiful story about learning to speak up and taking risks."--School Library Journal
"Blecher has created a sweet and realistically vulnerable character who longs to feel validated and respected. . . . This is a tender, uncomplicated coming-of-age story that illustrates how hard it can be to fit in at any age."--Publishers Weekly
"Blecher's characters, from Cove and her friends to her yoga-instructor mother and Mom's new surfer-dude boyfriend to the year-round island residents, are well-rounded, and her sense of place--including the socioeconomic disparities of this famously wealthy vacation destination--is effectively conveyed."--Horn Book Magazine
"The book is at its best in conveying Cove's vulnerability at Nina's loss and her powerlessness in the face of her classmates' bullying . . . Her island existence is . . . a credible mix of desirable and frustrating, and many readers will sympathize with her dream."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Blecher's debut is effortlessly readable, with a heroine whose gentle but determined nature makes her easy to root for. . . . Her creative stand against bullying has a subtle buildup and a rewarding conclusion. A sweet, satisfying story about finding your place."--Booklist