“We can never see into another person’s soul, Danny… And you just remember – nothing limits a big heart like a small mind.”
Yonder is the story of a young boy coming of age in small town America during WWII. He is faced to come to grips with what it means to be courageous in a world full of injustice and cruelty. This story touches on a lot of heavy topics but deals with them each in a mindful, respectful way.
Danny’s mother has taken over the editor role at the newspaper while her husband serves in the war, she is judged for the stories she shares and the company she keeps. Danny’s best friend, Lou, is bullied in town because her brother was labelled as a “draft dodger.” Danny’s other friend, Jack, is growing up in an abusive home – the story starts when he goes missing. Danny is determined to figure out what happened to him – he and Lou, who is obsessed with Nancy Drew, try to solve the case. Danny is forced to confront a lot of truths about the adults around him and just how unfair the world is.
The story is powerful and hopeful and should be on every middle-school and high school reading list. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
Thank you to Harper Collins for the gifted copy. All opinions above are my own.
I just love the cover of this one, what was your last cover buy?