The Distance to Home is an amazing story of loss and healing. Last summer, 11-yr old Quinnen was the star pitcher on her baseball team with her supportive older sister Haley in the stands cheering her on at every game. This summer though is much different since Haley passed away 9 months ago and Quinnen's spunk, curiosity, and love for the game of baseball isn't there anymore.
There is a local minor league team in town and the friendly Midwestern families typically host many of the ballplayers. Quinnen's family, all dealing with the loss in their own way, takes in one of the players to hopefully remind Quinnen of her love for the game, but there are definitely speed bumps along the way. You fall in love with all of the characters, flaws and all. The story is truly believable, full of heart and emotion, and you can almost smell the hot dogs and hear the crack of the bat during the scenes from the ballpark.
I was on the edge of my seat for the whole thing as it takes you on a emotional rollercoaster while not getting too heavy or deep for a middle schooler. It's lighthearted, humerous, full of hope and I could not put it down until the very end!
By Justin Barkhurst, Penworthy Sales Representative
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