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Half a World Away

by Libby Gleeson
Illustrated by Freya Blackwood

Published by U.S. edition: Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic, 2007
32 pages
ISBN: 0439889774

Ages 3-7

Coo-ee!” Amy and Louie are best friends, calling each other with their special word, sharing secrets and a love of imaginative play. When Amy and her family move far, far away, the distance is incomprehensible. “If I call Amy really loudly, she’ll hear me, won’t she?” Louie asks. “Amy is too far away . . . When you are awake in the day, she is asleep at night.” Louie’s grandma understands the importance of trying the impossible. Louie calls and his cry is carried on dragon-shaped clouds across the ocean and into a city of tall buildings where Amy lives. “I had a lovely dream . . . about Louie,” Amy announces at breakfast. Amy and Louie’s shared experiences matter far more than the distance between them in Libby Gleeson’s tale of friendship, loss, and lasting connection that will resonate with children whether they’ve experienced a move (or the move of a friend) across town or across country. Freya Blackwood’s elegant illustrations beautifully reflect the emotional tenor of Gleeson’s tender story.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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