Closer to Nowhere

Written by Ellen Hopkins

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This is the best book I have ever read that is written in verse. I’m not usually a fan of that format, but the story is so heartfelt and compelling that it was easy to forget how it was written. This is a first-person account of two cousins (children of identical twin sisters) who have been raised in very different circumstances and now find themselves living under the same roof. Without preaching a single sermon, this book teaches empathy, coping, and the need to be aware of those around us. It also helps us to see that our history helps us understand others differently and that our lack of experiences may prevent us from fully understanding other people. This is a book with deep messages, but could be enjoyed as just a good story by the less mature reader.

Reviewed by Marianna H Allred, Media Clerk, Robert Frost Elementary
Review shared in April 2021
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-6

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Closer to Nowhere
Written by Ellen Hopkins
G. P. Putnam’s Sons
405 pages
Release Date: October 6, 2020
ISBN: 9780593108611 
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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