Over the course of the last year, one of the things I’ve learned to embrace and appreciate most is middle grade literature. The importance of novels aimed at this age group cannot be overstated. These stories allow young readers to tackle powerful subject matter like race, sexuality, disability and grief, often for the first time, helping them to explore these issues in a fictional environment and safe space before being forced to confront them in the ‘real world’. This is one of the many reasons why I’m immensely touched and honoured to share with you today the exclusive cover reveal for Jenn Bishop’s 2016 debut, The Distance To Home. As any reader will happily tell you, a truly great story knows no boundaries or limitations. It transcends genre and age limits, transporting us into new worlds from which we never wish to leave. I have absolutely no doubt that this debut will prove to be one such novel. Please read on to learn a little more about Jenn, The Distance To Home, and to enter for a chance to win an advance reader copy of this heartfelt and beautiful story.
About Jenn Bishop
Jenn Bishop lives just outside of Boston, MA, with her husband and their impossibly furry cat. Jenn is a former youth services librarian with an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from VCFA. When she’s not writing, reading, or running, you can find her rooting for the Red Sox…even if they are terrible (like, ahem, this year). Her debut middle grade novel, The Distance To Home, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers in June 2016.
Title The Distance To Home
Author Jenn Bishop
Target Audience & Genre Middle Grade, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Publisher Random House/Knopf Children’s
To Be Published June 28th, 2016
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Last summer, Quinnen was the star pitcher of her baseball team, the Panthers. They’re headed for the championship, and her loudest supporter at every game was her best friend and older sister, Haley.
This summer, everything is different. Haley’s death, at the end of last summer, has left Quinnen and her parents reeling. Without Haley in the stands, Quinnen doesn’t want to play baseball. It seems like nothing can fill the Haley-sized hole in her world. The one glimmer of happiness comes from the Bandits, the local minor-league baseball team. For the first time, Quinnen and her family are hosting one of the players for the season. Without Haley, Quinnen’s not sure it will be any fun, but soon she befriends a few players. With their help, can she make peace with the past and return to the pitcher’s mound?
Told in a timeline that alternates between these two pivotal summers, Jenn Bishop’s heartwarming debut is a celebration of sisterhood and summertime, and of finding the courage to get back in the game.