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My Diary from the Edge of the World Kindle Edition
Spirited, restless Gracie Lockwood has lived in Cliffden, Maine, her whole life. She’s a typical girl in an atypical world: one where sasquatches helped to win the Civil War, where dragons glide over Route 1 on their way south for the winter (sometimes burning down a T.J. Maxx or an Applebee’s along the way), where giants hide in caves near LA and mermaids hunt along the beaches, and where Dark Clouds come for people when they die.
To Gracie it’s all pretty ho-hum…until a Cloud comes looking for her little brother Sam, turning her small-town life upside down. Determined to protect Sam against all odds, her parents pack the family into a used Winnebago and set out on an epic search for a safe place that most people say doesn’t exist: The Extraordinary World. It’s rumored to lie at the ends of the earth, and no one has ever made it there and lived to tell the tale. To reach it, the Lockwoods will have to learn to believe in each other—and to trust that the world holds more possibilities than they’ve ever imagined.
From School Library Journal
Within the pages of Gracie Lockwood’s diary is an extraordinary adventure: her family embarking to save her sickly little brother, Sam. Gracie’s world is strikingly similar to our own, except it is inhabited by dragons, poltergeists, sasquatch, and mermaids. When a Dark Cloud, a bringer of death, settles in the Lockwoods’ backyard, the family decides to try to outrun it before it can take Sam. They pack up a Winnebago and, joined by Gracie’s friend, set out across the country with plans to escape into the Extraordinary World. Gracie’s thoughtful, fresh-eyed perspective is the perfect lens through which to view Anderson’s alternate Earth, which tweaks history and familiar landscapes to accommodate its supernatural residents. Mentions of string theory and parallel universes serve as fleeting explanations for the existence of other worlds and endless possibility, yet the crux of the story lies in the closeness of the Lockwood
family, which is challenged and strained along the journey and proves to be the most magical element of all. (Booklist November 1, 2015)
Within the pages of Gracie Lockwood’s diary is an extraordinary adventure: her family embarking to save
her sickly little brother, Sam. Gracie’s world is strikingly similar to our own, except it is inhabited by
dragons, poltergeists, sasquatch, and mermaids. When a Dark Cloud, a bringer of death, settles in the
Lockwoods’ backyard, the family decides to try to outrun it before it can take Sam. They pack up a
Winnebago and, joined by Gracie’s friend, set out across the country with plans to escape into the
Extraordinary World. Gracie’s thoughtful, fresh-eyed perspective is the perfect lens through which to view
Anderson’s alternate Earth, which tweaks history and familiar landscapes to accommodate its supernatural
residents. Mentions of string theory and parallel universes serve as fleeting explanations for the existence
of other worlds and endless possibility, yet the crux of the story lies in the closeness of the Lockwood
family, which is challenged and strained along the journey and proves to be the most magical element of
High-spirited twelve-year-old Gracie Lockwood’s world is almost like ours—
except that the planet is flat, dragons exist (and migrate), and poltergeists stopped
the Industrial Revolution from getting very far. When the arrival of an ominous
Dark Cloud seems to portend her younger brother Sam’s death, there is only one
way for the family to escape fate: by leaving for the fabled Extraordinary World
from which no one has ever returned. The Lockwoods—along with Gracie’s classmate
Oliver, new in town after being orphaned in a sasquatch attack—set out on
a cross-country Winnebago trip in search of a guardian angel and a ship that will
take them off the edge of their world to, it is implied, our own. Gracie’s family is
both aggravating and endearing, full of sibling rivalry and sibling loyalty, with one
almost-perfect parent and another who is given to frequent bouts of silent stupor.
Anderson wisely allows the intricate details of Gracie’s world to emerge gradually
through her protagonist’s sharp, sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant diary
entries. Although readers may be left with questions (how does gravity work on a
flat planet? Why are McDonald’s and TJ Maxx so prevalent in a semi-industrialized
world?), Gracie herself is concerned with far more important questions of honesty
and survival. Subtle nods to contemporary issues, notably climate change, shape
the book’s themes without detracting from the fast-moving plot. (The Horn Book Magazine January/February 2016)
Gracie Lockwood is a fearless, spirited young girl who lives with her atypical family in an atypical world; one of flying dragons, vampire laws protecting humans, and much more. Young readers will enjoy this most unusual fantasy filled with things they know, like McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, and goldfish crackers, but also fantastical ideas, such as the Civil War, Sasquatch, Magellan discovering the world was flat, and ghosts from the Underworld. One day, Gracie’s vision of dark clouds frightens her into believing that traveling to the Extraordinary World is the only course of action for her family. The family sets out on the adventure of their lives to find the safe place. This is a charming, fantastical adventure that is mythical and magical, family flaws and all. Readers of all ages will enjoy this story that focuses on family and trust in one another.
Recommended (School Library Connection March 2016)
* Gracie Lockwood is a spirited girl and journal writer, who lives with her parents, brother, and sister right down the street from a T.J. Maxx that was recently burned down by dragons. Her world mirrors ours, in that there is a Wendy’s, Taco Bell, and MacDonald’s off of Route 1. It differs, however, because Sasquatches roam the forests, depressed ghosts linger, and for a pretty penny, one can hire a guardian angel should one require protection. Perhaps the most ominous thing about her world is the fact that dark clouds visit the homes of anyone whose life they’re about to take. When such a cloud appears over Gracie’s home, the family believes it has come for her ailing younger brother, Sam. Their one chance at outrunning his death is crossing over into, “The Extraordinary World.” Her father, a somewhat unreliable scientist believes that a parallel universe exists, one in which humans thrive without the death clouds and other dangers found in their own world. When the Lockwoods purchase a Winnebago to flee their town in pursuit of “The Extraordinary World,” readers are taken on a fun-filled, well-paced, modern adventure. VERDICT Fans of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” will enjoy this heartfelt, bittersweet, and ever-so-clever coming-of-age fantasy. It is a must-add to any middle grade collection. (School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW )
"Fans of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” will enjoy this heartfelt, bittersweet, and ever-so-clever coming-of-age fantasy. It is a must-add to any middle grade collection." (School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW )
In her diary, GracieLockwood records her family's flight for the fabled Extraordinary World, wheremagic doesn't exist. Twelve-year-old Gracie lives in Cliffden, Maine, with hereccentric, meteorologist father; hippie-manqué, musician mother; irritatingolder sister, Millie; and sweet, sickly little brother, Sam. In hopes ofescaping the Dark Cloud that has clearly come to take Sam, the family pilesinto a Winnebago to head south and then west, chasing the hope that theExtraordinary World both exists and will be a safe haven. Along the way theypick up Oliver, orphaned in a sasquatch attack, and then a sasquatch, a trio ofpegasuses, and a guardian angel named Virgil. Gracie's sparkling narrativevoice is funny, smart, and convincingly ingenuous. Anderson builds amagic-filled world where the Industrial Revolution "got sort of cut inhalf," dragons migrate annually from Britain to South America, and 7-Elevensline the highways till the wilderness takes over. Though Anderson acknowledgesthe indigenous peoples of North America and those brought over as slaves, herstory is firmly grounded in an alternative, modern United States populated bythe descendants of Europeans. Gracie and her family are tested sorely, andreaders will be rooting for them to the last page. An endearing narrator, abeguiling world that accommodates both mermaids and Pixy Stix, and a genuinelymoving family story propel this adventure for readers who don't look too hardat the details. (Fantasy. 9-13) (Kirkus Reviews September 15, 2015)
- ASIN : B00TBKYLR8
- Publisher : Aladdin; Reprint edition (November 3, 2015)
- Publication date : November 3, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 3624 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 433 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1442483873
- Lending : Not Enabled
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When a dark cloud begins to approach their house, the Lockwood family -- Gracie, her absent-minded father, musical mother, obnoxious older sister and sickly little brother Sam -- fears Sam is in danger and embark on a dangerous trek across the country, hoping the legends are true-- that if they can get far enough south, past the realm of the Great Kraken, they'll be able to reach the Extraordinary World -- a round planet where monsters don't exist and technology is common.
This story is well paced and interesting, and explores family relationships. Gracie, writing in her diary, is an entertaining narrator, but there is the usual awkwardness one finds in epistolary novels. Otherwise the book is quite charming and a fun read for middle schoolers (or adults who've never quite grown up :-)