All the Ways Home

All the Ways Home

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After losing his mom, Kaede Hirano developed anger issues and spent his last year of middle school acting out.

Best-friendless and critically in danger of repeating the seventh grade, Kaede is given a summer assignment: Write an essay about what home means to him, which will be even tougher now that he's on his way to Japan to reconnect with his estranged father and older half-brother. Still, if there's a chance Kaede can finally build a new family from an old one, he's willing to try. But building new relationships isn't easy, and one last desperate act will change the way Kaede sees everyone - including himself.

This is a book about what home means to us - and that there are many different correct answers. Sometimes, home isn't even where you expected to find it.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 139 x 213 x 21mm | 319g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1250166799
  • 9781250166791
  • 996,343

Review quote

In All the Ways Home, Elsie Chapman gracefully explores the complexities of family and loss. The specificity in which Chapman narrates Kaede's journey in Japan is particularly satisfying. An insightful, compassionate, and honest look at a young boy's search for identity and home after the death of his mother.--Veera Hiranandani, author of Newbery Honor novel The Night Diary

All the Ways Home is a moving story of grief, cultural identity, and self-knowledge, and Kaede Hirano is an unforgettable protagonist. Elsie Chapman has done something wonderful here.--Mike Jung, author of Unidentified Suburban Object

Honest and real--and filled with heart and hope--All the Ways Home is a story that sticks with you long after the last page.--Shannon Messenger, New York Times bestselling author of Keeper of the Lost Cities series

A heartbreaking, hopeful, and triumphant exploration of forgiveness, family, and the meaning of home. Elsie Chapman brings a new meaning to the power of words in her middle grade debut.--Kheryn Callender, author of the Stonewall Book Award novel, Hurricane Child

A gorgeous warm hug of a book. All the Ways Home broke my heart and made it better again, and I cheered for Kaede's perfect ending.--Stephanie Burgis, author of The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

Scenic descriptions are vivid and unique, and blend with frequent Japanese terms throughout to take the reader on a virtual experience of Tokyo's sights, sounds, and culture. Kaede's brother Shoma is a star of the story as a calm and stable force for the protagonist, whether he trusts him or not. VERDICT A heartbreaking yet vibrant journey through Japan that would make a great summer read. Offer to strong and adventurous readers.--School Library Journal

Chinese Canadian Chapman writes convincingly about both Vancouver and Japan (where she now resides), and her lyrical text successfully addresses loss, family, and cultural identity. --Booklist

...A novel rich with the sensory details of life in Tokyo and the complexities of a young boy finding his way. -Horn Book
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About Elsie Chapman

Elsie Chapman grew up in Prince George, Canada, and has a degree in English literature from the University of British Columbia. She is the author of young adult novels Dualed, Divided, and Along the Indigo, and co-editor of anthologies A Thousand Beginnings and Endings and Hungry Hearts. She currently lives in Tokyo, Japan, with her family. All the Ways Home is her first middle-grade novel.
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Rating details

234 ratings
4.03 out of 5 stars
5 34% (79)
4 40% (93)
3 23% (53)
2 3% (7)
1 1% (2)
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