The Miles Between
By Mary E. Pearson
(Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805088281, 272pp.)
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
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Destiny Faraday makes a point of keeping her distance from her classmates at Hedgebrook Academy. Her number-one rule: Don’t get attached. But one day, unexpectedly finding a car at their disposal, Destiny and three of her classmates embark on an unauthorized road trip. They’re searching for one fair day—a day where the good guy wins and everything adds up to something just and right. Their destination: Langdon, a town that Destiny’s unsuspecting companions hope will hold simply a day of fun. But, as Destiny says, “Things are not always what they seem.” Only she knows that Langdon holds far more than that—a deep secret she has never shared with anyone. The Miles Between explores the wonder and magic of a very real world where chance, mystery, and secrets abound.
Mary E. Pearson is the author of bestselling, award-winning novels for teens. The Miles Between was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, and The Adoration of Jenna Fox was listed as a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, an IRA Young Adult Choice, NYPL Stuff for the Teen Age, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She is also the author of A Room on Lorelei Street, David v. God, and Scribbler of Dreams. Pearson studied at Long Beach State University and San Diego State University. She writes full-time from her home in Carlsbad, California, where she lives with her husband and two dogs.
“Pearson manages a magic trick by melding the fantastic and the prosaic.” —The Los Angeles Times
“Pearson mesmerizes with a heavily cryptic back story that explodes with full emotional force.”—Kirkus Review, Starred Review“Mary Pearson can rip out your heart, make you think, make you laugh— then shock you with a plot twist. In The Miles Between she does all that and more. A wild ride and a stunning book.”—E. Lockhart, author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks “Well orchestrated.”—Publishers Weekly
“This story is well conceived and beautifully executed. The tight plot effortlessly conveys masterfully drawn characters, and a touch of magical realism adds to the wonder of the day.”—School Library Journal
“Pearson skillfully separates truth from illusion and offers an uplifting book, in which grace and redemption are never left to chance.”—Booklist
“Pearson (The Adoration of Jenna Fox, rev. 5/08; A Room on Lorelei Street) has written another strong novel about the difficult business of growing up, one tinged with mystery and just a touch of fantasy.”—The Horn Book Review
“Deeply moving without being sentimental . . . These are the kind of people you want to have on a road trip, as well as on the longer journey through life.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books