Miles from Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams

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"Imagine Anna Quindlen or Sue Miller turning her attention to writing a young adult novel, and you have an idea what [Williams] has done for early teen readers…" --Audrey Couloumbis, author of the Newbery Honor Book Getting Close to Baby

Thirteen-year-old Lacey wakes to a beautiful summer morning excited to begin her new job at the library, just as her mother is supposed to start work at the grocery store. Lacey hopes that her mother's ghosts have finally been laid to rest; after all, she seems so much better these days, and they really do need the money. But as the hours tick by and memories come flooding back, a day full of hope spins terrifyingly out of control....

"No one can get inside the head and heart of a 13-year-old girl better than Carol Lynch Williams, and I mean no one," said James S. Jacobs, Professor of Children's Literature at Brigham Young University, of her breakout novel, The Chosen One. Now this award-winning YA author brings us an equally gripping story of a girl who loves her mother, but must face the truth of what life with that mother means for both of them.


About Carol Lynch Williams

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CAROL LYNCH WILLIAMS, winner of the 2009 PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, grew up in Florida, but now lives in Utah. Her novel The Chosen One was named one of 2010 ALA's "Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers" and "Best Books for Young Adult Readers".  
Published March 15, 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin. 206 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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This absorbing portrait of a 13-year-old girl and her struggle to cope with her mentally ill mother transports readers to hope, fear and horror.

Mar 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Miles from Ordinary


Miles from Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams is a story that covers one day in the life of Lacey, a thirteen-year-old girl living with her mother in rural Florida.

Mar 20 2011 | Read Full Review of Miles from Ordinary

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But they need the money after Lacey's mother spent all their money on tinned food ready for the end of the world that Lacey's Grandfather had told her was coming.

Jan 28 2015 | Read Full Review of Miles from Ordinary

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The Book Report NetworkSign up for our newsletters!For 14-year-old Lacey, a sunny summer morning in Peace, Florida, marks a bold new beginning.

Oct 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Miles from Ordinary

Deseret News

A short but powerful novel about a girl too young to be trying to deal with a mother who's mad.

Apr 16 2011 | Read Full Review of Miles from Ordinary

Portland Book Review

When she confronts her mother about the scratches on her face or the cuts on her arms, the answer is always the same: “Granddaddy told me to… he says it will keep me safe.” “Why didn’t I matter enough?” Lacy can only bear her mother’s burden for so long.

Apr 10 2012 | Read Full Review of Miles from Ordinary

It's clear throughout that she loves her mother and wants her to be safe, but it's also increasingly clear that she cannot control or save her mother from herself.

Apr 16 2011 | Read Full Review of Miles from Ordinary

And even though her mom seems very nervous and even more scattered than usual as she heads to her new job, Lacey is hopeful.

Mar 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Miles from Ordinary

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