Across the Pond
From the author of A Field Guide to Getting Lost comes a heartwarming story about new beginnings, burgeoning friendships, and finding your flock. Callie can't wait for her new life to start. After a major friendship breakup in San Diego, moving overseas to Scotland gives her the perfect chance to reinvent herself. On top of that, she's going to live in a real-life castle! But as romantic as life in a castle sounds, the reality is a little less comfortable: it's run-down, freezing, and crawling with critters. Plus, starting off on the wrong foot with the gardener's granddaughter doesn't help her nerves about making new friends. So she comes up with the perfect solution: she'll be homeschooled. Her parents agree, on one condition: she has to participate in a social activity. Inspired by a journal that she finds hidden in her bedroom, Callie decides to join a birding club. Sure, it sounds unusual, but at least it's not sports or performing. But when she clashes with the club leader, she risks losing a set of friends all over again. Will she ever be able to find her flock and make this strange new place feel like home?
- Hardback | 288 pages
- 140 x 210 x 25mm | 372g
- 01 May 2021
- SIMON & SCHUSTER
- Atheneum Books for Young Readers
- New York, NY, United States
- f-c jkt (fx: dimensional spot uv on matte); digital
"The intensely awkward self-consciousness of the middle school years is presented with realistic sensitivity and insight. An emotionally perceptive story of awakening compassion for self and others."--Kirkus Reviews
About Joy McCullough
Joy McCullough writes books and plays from her home in the Seattle area, where she lives with her husband and two children. She is the author of the middle grade novels Across the Pond and A Field Guide to Getting Lost and the picture books Harriet's Ruffled Feathers and Champ and Major: First Dogs. Her debut novel Blood Water Paint was long-listed for the National Book Award and was a William C. Morris Debut Award Finalist. Visit her at JoyMcCullough.com.