The Miles Between
by Pearson, Mary E.
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Book list Destiny Faraday is a loner who has a long pattern of moving from one prestigious private school to another. Preoccupied with numbers, patterns, and chance, she keeps her distance from her classmates even as she obsessively observes them. That all changes on October 19, when she finds herself in possession of a carthat containsa glove compartment filled with cash. Accompanied unexpectedly by three of her classmates, she sets out to live a single day in which everything feels right. While coincidence, luck, and fate are all recurring themes, Pearson's story is actually driven by very real secrets and events. Destiny's journey is convincing and moving, despite the stunning circumstances under which it is taken. Observant readers who think they have worked out the plot's direction will find themselves questioning connections until the very last moment. Pearson skillfullyseparates truth fromillusion and offers an uplifting book, in which grace and redemptionare never left to chance.--Dean, Kara Copyright 2009 Booklist

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Publishers Weekly Four teens escape boarding school for a day when 17-year-old Destiny Faraday happens upon a pink convertible with the key in the ignition (conveniently, the glove box also contains a bundle of cash). These truants aren't out for a joyride: their quest is for a "fair day" in which everybody gets something they dearly deserve. Rather improbably, this is what happens. The coincidences involved in making this so push Pearson's (The Adoration of Jenna Fox) story in genre-bending ways. Is this a fantasy? A meditation on chance and coincidence? ("Can there be such a thing as a pattern to coincidence?" muses Destiny.) What keeps the pages turning while one's disbelief is in constant suspension is the mystery element-there's a dark secret lurking in Destiny's backstory that dribbles out as the day goes on. The big reveal is well orchestrated, but the way the story wraps up treats casually what readers will have learned is serious mental illness. Those willing to let that go will be carried along by the story's supernatural momentum and its affirming message about the redemptive power of friendship. Ages 14-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Des is bitter and despairing. Her parents packed her off to boarding school when she was seven, and she hasn't been home for nine years. She never makes attachments because she has a way of being kicked out of each school with regularity. While she is sulking by herself, a "visiting professor" asks her what she needs. She then proceeds to rip into him, indicating that all she wants is "one fair day" when the oatmeal isn't lumpy, when her parents know what it's like to be abandoned, and when the boy she likes gets extra credit instead of being assigned to trash duty. Then she rounds a corner to see a gorgeous, champagne-pink convertible idling, the door ajar. By astronomical coincidence, the boy is dodging his trash duty nearby. They manage to scoop up two classmates, and the four of them set off to grab their "one fair day." It is the road-trip adventure of a lifetime. On the way, they share profound secrets, including revealing why a family would completely estrange themselves from seven-year-old Destiny Faraday. 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. Evocative of Judith Clarke's One Whole and Perfect Day (Front St., 2007), The Road Between is every bit as poignant, but has much more youth appeal.-Leah Krippner, Harlem High School, Machesney Park, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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