Tuesday, October 01, 2013

North of Nowhere (2013)

North of Nowhere. Liz Kessler. 2013. Candlewick. 272 pages. [Source: Library]

I enjoyed North of Nowhere. I am not sure that I loved it absolutely. But I definitely found it an enjoyable way to spend a day. Mia, our heroine, did not want to visit her grandmother over spring break, but when her grandfather goes missing--Mia and her mom rush to be with her. While there, Mia goes exploring a bit on her own. She discovers--well, the dog discovers--a boat, and on that boat there is a diary. Mia reads the diary and discovers there is a girl whose loneliness matches her own. She writes in this stranger's diary, asking her if she'd like to be friends. But these two seem fated not to meet one another. Mia also meets Peter. The two don't flirt exactly, but, they do become friendly. Mia tells Peter about the boat and the girl "Dee." A few days later, Peter is missing as well. Mia may just have been among the last to see him...

North of Nowhere is an interesting coming-of-age mystery with a touch of fantasy to it. I definitely thought that Mia and Peter were well-drawn characters, but I'm not sure that any of the other characters were.

© 2013 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


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