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Miles from Ordinary: A Novel

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A book by Carol Lynch Williams

Thirteen-year-old Lacey hopes that this summer day will be a new start. She has gotten her mother a job at Winn-Dixie because they desperately need the money, and Lacey will be following in her aunt Linda�s footsteps by working at the public library. … see full wiki

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Author: Carol Lynch Williams
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
1 review about Miles from Ordinary: A Novel

Powerful and moving look at a day in the life of a family in crisis

  • Mar 22, 2011
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+5
I chose this book because I read Carol Lynch Williams' The Chosen One: A Novel a couple of years ago and thought it was wonderful. If anything, Miles from Ordinary surpasses that earlier work with its tender and haunting look at one daughter's effort to care for a mother spiralling into madness. 13 year old Lacey has simple desires for her summer- jobs for her and her mother, and the chance to make a friend. The book traces one day in Lacey's life, one day that starts out hopeful only to fall apart in every way when her mother goes missing. Williams has a unique ability to convey the pain of adolescence and Lacey is a powerful character who is much harder on herself than any reader will ever be. Highly recommended for both YA and older readers.

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