The House That Wasn't There

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Product Details

Price
$16.99  $15.80
Publisher
Walden Pond Press
Publish Date
Pages
288
Dimensions
5.6 X 8.3 X 1.2 inches | 0.8 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780062937063

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About the Author

Elana K. Arnold is the award-winning author of many books for children and teens, including The House That Wasn't There, the Printz Honor winner Damsel, the National Book Award finalist What Girls Are Made Of, and the Global Read Aloud selection A Boy Called Bat. She is a member of the faculty at Hamline University's MFA in writing for children and young adults program, and lives in Long Beach, CA, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. You can find her online at www.elanakarnold.com.

Reviews

Told through alternating perspectives that offer clearly rendered details, this compassionate novel gives a unique twist to familiar situations--feeling lonely, adjusting to new environments, forging new bonds--while inviting readers to open their imaginations to all sorts of wonderful possibilities.--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Arnold combines the weird with the warm in this domestic fantasy, bringing realism to the kids' struggles with both family and identity even as they deal with some very unusual circumstances.--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Arnold depicts the kids' emotions, relationships, and thought processes with unusual clarity and nuance. Middle grade readers, particularly those with a taste for magical realism, will find plenty to enjoy in this quirky, original novel.--Booklist
The author enriches her sparely told story with hints of magic, song lyrics, good choices that key sudden sea changes in several relationships, and the small background details that make settings and backstories seem real. A low-key marvel rich in surprises, small fuzzy creatures, and friendships old and new.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
In this luminous story full of mystery and magic, Elana K. Arnold weaves a shimmering tapestry about the lovely and surprising ways we're connected to each other. Heart-healing, hopeful, and wonderfully inventive, this beautiful novel by a master storyteller is not to be missed.--Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan