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All the Way Home

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It’s August 1941, and Brick and Mariel both love the Brooklyn Dodgers. Brick listens to their games on the radio in Windy Hill, in upstate New York, where his family has an apple orchard; Mariel, once a polio patient in the hospital in Windy Hill, lives in Brooklyn near the Dodgers’ home, Ebbets Field. She was adopted by Loretta, a nurse at the hospital, and has never know ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 8th 2003 by Yearling (first published October 9th 2001)
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Sella Malin
This book is amazing. It really got to me. I like the sense of mystery (about Mariel's mother), when you figure something out just before the main character does (that DING! of a light bulb) and how "touching" it is. I really enjoy all of Patricia Reilly Giff's books. For anyone who likes a good, touching non-fiction book.
Amayah Hutchinson
All the Way Home is a great book when it comes to historical fiction. The main characters both live in different regions in New York State:the countryside of Windy Hill where people grow apples for a living and New York City. After a lightning storm destroys his families apple trees in Windy Hill, he is sent to live with Loretta, an old friend of his mother. There he meets Mariel, a little girl who has recently been infected with polio. When she gets the idea that her biological mother has to d ...more
Angie
I'm so glad my student recommended this book to me. Thank you Ciaira! It is a heartwarming story of a young girl who lives in Brooklyn with a young woman who has adopted her, and also about a young boy who lives in the Midwest on a farm. As a child Mariel had polio and the young woman, Loretta, was a nurse who cared for her. This story resonated with me because I had an aunt, my father's sister, who had polio as a child too. I never knew the history behind this illness. The story is very good, w ...more
Miss Amanda
gr 4-6 168 pgs


1941 Windy Hill, NY and Brooklyn. The story alternates between Brick and Muriel both of whom have suffered tragic events. The apple orchards of Brick's family and of his neighbor Claude were badly damaged by lightning. Muriel contracted polio when she was four years old and has never known her mother. Muriel was adopted by a nurse Loretta and loves her, but longs to know about her past. When Brick is sent to live with Loretta, a friend of Brick's mother, he is determined to return
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Amanda
gr 4-6 168 pgs


1941 Windy Hill, NY and Brooklyn. The story alternates between Brick and Muriel both of whom have suffered tragic events. The apple orchards of Brick's family and of his neighbor Claude were badly damaged by lightning. Muriel contracted polio when she was four years old and has never known her mother. Muriel was adopted by a nurse Loretta and loves her, but longs to know about her past. When Brick is sent to live with Loretta, a friend of Brick's mother, he is determined to return
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Mrs. Reed
I picked this one out because I loved Pictures of Hollis Woods so much, and it promised to be about Brooklyn and baseball. But I found it to be weird and flat. I guess the writing is geared toward younger readers than the books I usually read, but I feel that the plot was just sort of boring, too.
Mary
Believable, poignant, unforgettable.
PJ
A touching, historical novel set in the time of the Dodgers winning the pendant. Brick and Mariel become fast friends when each face hardships that they must deal with. Mariel suffered from Polio and is adopted by a loving nurse and lives in New York. Brick comes to live with them after his families orchard is lost due to fire. The two eleven year olds head back to the Orchard and Mariel discovers her past and Brick realizes what his future holds for him. A great story about acceptance, differen ...more
Amanda
Mariel has polio and Brick just lost his family's orchard in a fire. Now he's going to stay in Brooklyn with his mother's best friend Loretta and her adopted daughter Mariel. Together they go on a journey to find their true home. Brick wants to get back in time for the harvest and Mariel wants to find her real mother. It's a touching tale of two young children discovering where they really belong.
Christy
This warm and touching novel tells the story of Brick and Mariel, two 11-year-old friends who know firsthand about adversity and together embark on a journey that brings them personal peace.

Brick Tiernan is devastated when fire destroys his family's apple orchard in Windy Hill, New York, in the summer of 1941. His parents are forced to take jobs in different cities

Outstandingly tender
Stacy
Another great book by Patricia Reilly Giff. I think I've read them all now---at least the ones she wrote for older youth. I really enjoyed this story of a girl who needed to leave to find herself and a boy who had to leave where he knew he belonged. And I learned why the Brooklyn Dodgers were named the Brooklyn Dodgers. cool.
Sarah
Jun 26, 2009 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 3-4th Grade Girls
Recommended to Sarah by: Librarian
I really loved this book when I read it for the first time, because it was such an age-appropriate book, the perfect blend of sadness, discovery, etc. On re-visiting it years later, however, I was disappointed because it really is a low-grade level book, written for 3-4th graders. Still, it is an excellent read for the right age range.
Daniel
I think I can see why it would appeal to the Tween-set, but I just found the characters to unrealistic and adult in their actions/attitudes to be believable. There is a nice "Aha" moment at the end, but in general not very satisfying. I wanted to like it more than I did.
Cheri
One of my favorites. I love the main characters Mariel and Brick. I also love all the baseball references and learning a bit more about the early 1940s. There are amazing quotes from the wonderful Patricia Reilly Giff, as always.
Trisha
I checked this book out for my 9-year old (it was on the library's 4th grade reading list). She had no interest in it, so I read it. It turned out to be a sweet story about friendships. It was a quick read.
ESTHER *I Hate Being Bipolar, It's Awesome!*
a really sweet book! the one thing that bothered me was that i'm pretty sure they never said how old Brick and Mariel were...
Karen
Great story about becoming friends with someone because of not how they look, but of their character.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I read this because it deals with polio in the '40s, which my mother has told me about.
10~11 Madison Markwood
This book showed encouragment to me of how he showed loving care to his sister.
Michelle Britt
This book was so good! It got a little predictable but I loved it!
Jenny
What a fun quick read with a great message and story.
Isabel
Amazingly good read. I couldn't put it down.
Brenna
I love the story of this Book!!!!!!!!!!
Jenny
really easy, but still entertaining
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PATRICIA REILLY GIFF is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Kids of the Polk Street School books, the Friends and Amigos books, and the Polka Dot Private Eye books. Several of her novels for older readers have been chosen as ALA-ALSC Notable Books and ALA-YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. They include The Gift of the Pirate Queen; All the Way Home; Water Street; Nory Ryan ...more
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