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A Million Miles from Boston

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  116 ratings  ·  30 reviews
School's out! That means Lucy is off to her favorite place: Pierson Point, Maine, where she spends summers with her family. And as she tries to forget her worries about starting middle school and about Dad's new girlfriend, Lucy can't get there soon enough. Pierson Point is where she feels most like herself, and where memories of her mother, who died when Lucy was six, are ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Wendy Lamb Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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I found this book to be endeering. Lucy is going to be in 7th grade and is getting ready for changes in life with a new school. She likes things to stay the same and not to change she so is looking forward to Pierson Point for the summer. There she finds everything stays the same there. She has plans she will start a camp for the kids that live there during the summer and she will be drawing in the book she draws in every year. This summer she will find out will not be like those she has had eve ...more
Newton, Mass. author Karen Day does it again with this bittersweet tale of a summer on the Maine coast. Lucy is eager to get back to the one place where she feels closest to her late mother--the family's summer cottage. But this year it's different. First an irritating classmate shows up with his family in a new McMansion that ruins the close-knit feel of the seasonal community. And now her father's new girlfriend keeps coming up on weekends trying to get Lucy to warm up to her.

It's a summer of
Sometimes, kids who read my novels write to me and ask what else I think they'd like - so I've started keeping a list of other books - stories about regular kids that feel right for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders who haven't made that leap to older young adult titles. Karen Day's A MILLION MILES FROM BOSTON is one of those books.

Lucy's excited about spending the summer before middle school at her family's cottage in Maine...until she gets there and realizes things are going to be different this summ
This book reminds me of something I would have read when I was a kid . . . not that it's out of touch or dated, but just that it's the kind of beautiful, simple story that I would have loved in grade school, that I would have wanted to read again and again. There's no gimmick: no vampires, wizards, or talking dogs. (Not that those are bad things, this is just a different kind of book.) What there is is the well-crafted story of a young girl on the cusp of her teens. This is her last summer befor ...more
After hearing Karen speak at an author event, I knew I had to read her book. And I was not disappointed. This is a carefully wrought story of a young girl coming to terms with her mother's death and the inevitability of change. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Maine coast, Karen Day takes us through the emotional roller coaster of a 12-year-old who wants nothing more to fit in and to have the things she loves remain the same. But life intercedes -- an unpleasant classmate, a potential s ...more
David Rochon
I've read all of Karen Day's work and really love it but "A Million Miles From Boston" is her most universally powerful book yet. Her realistic treatment of the emotional subtleties associated with Lucy (12 yr old - main character) is BRILLIANT. Her writing is alive because she portrays life as it is and I find myself engaged in the emotional unfolding of her characters while engrossed in the story/setting.

I also love that I want my children to read this book. I look forward to the family discu
This was a quick, easy read, but very nice. It reminded me of a Sarah Dessen book but with younger characters. I loved the setting and the plot. I FELT relaxed in this setting and loved it.

This dog, gosh I wanted this dog. Can I have Superior?

I loved the issues and everything about the book. It was shorter than I normally like, so it was quick. It was easy but I still loved it.

I would be more interested in reading from Karen Day, I should look into that...
I thought this book was amazing! I was sad it was over! I just wanted it to keep going on and on. This book is about a girl named Lucy who every summer goes down to her house by the ocean with her dad. But this time also with his girlfriend. Lucy must struggle her dads girlfriend, the annoying kid from school, and the memories of her mother who passed away when she was six.
Great story about family from Boston who vacations in Maine. Things are a little different this year.

Would be great read aloud.

Makes me think of other Maine books - Touch Blue, Small as an Elephant. With some picture books for background knowledge would work well.
Aug 26, 2012 Ariel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: mg
Gentle story, no neglectful parents or kids who are the chosen ones needing to save the world. And the main character does some real growing up. I loved it.
Susan Kennedy
Great book about "judging a book by its cover". Topical for Boston area, but would be enjoyed by all.
speachless. thats what i am. speachless. again Karen Day amazes me.
Aug 11, 2011 Jess rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: juv
This is a great summer story that deals with how you handle change - change in your family, change in the places you know and love, and change in yourself. One of my favorite things about the story was how Lucy takes on real responsibility by organizing a summer camp for the kids at the Point. Her frustrations and successes are very believable, and it's great to kids choosing responsibility and dealing with the consequences in a real way. When the kids aren't enjoying the camp, she has to come t ...more
A nice little book but not particularly memorable. Lucy is not a fan of change. If she could have her way, things would stay exactly the same as they are. That way her dad wouldn't be dating a physical therapist (whom Lucy refers to scathingly as merely "The PT") and her vacation to Pierson Point (which she's taken every summer of her life) wouldn't have all this problems. Problems like the fact that her nemesis from school Ian is now vacationing there too. Fortunately, this is a summer for chan ...more
Lucy is looking forward to spending her summer at her family's cabin in Maine, like she always does. But this year, everything seems different: She's about to start middle school, and wants to start hanging out with the older kids, instead of the younger ones. Her father is seriously dating someone for the first time since Lucy's mother died, and his girlfriend keeps coming to visit, intruding on Lucy's summer. And her nemesis from school has just bought and completely refinished the cabin down ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
Though the subject matter was somewhat repetitive for me after reading Junonia, Summerhouse Time, and The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall, I still enjoyed Karen Day's writing style in A Million Miles from Boston. The opening scene of the book shows a typical interaction between Ian and Lucy, which sets the tone for their relationship later on in the story. Day's description of boy/girl interactions among middle school students must have come from real-life observations. Ian's per ...more
Lucy (the main character) is a fifth grader who learns, through a variety of trials throughout the book, about being okay with change. She isn't looking forward to going to middle school next year and she doesn't like the idea of her dad dating. She gains courage by facing her fears. She learns not to 'judge a book by its cover'; that everyone deserves a chance. That's not to say that this book is completely full of seriousness; Lucy is SO annoyed by a fellow boy classmate and is 'horrified' to ...more
Emma Ahlberg
The book was good but in some spots it was hard to understand. I was hoping that there would be more humor in the book.
who give me a good resume for these
There is a line near the end of the story that completely applies to this book- "don't judge a book by its cover". We've all heard it before and they are talking about people in the story - but it is absolutely true for this book. The cover is horrible. I probably wouldn't have picked this up if it weren't for the fact that Karen Day is a local author- AND she mentioned the local public librarians and one of my fellow school librarians in the acknowledgments Very cool.
I found this to be a good story that captured my attention to the end. The storyline, however, is one that I have read in several books lately: a young girl who has lost her mother has to learn to accept the changes that come with the loss including the idea of her father dating and remarrying. It's not a new storyline but it was well written.
Anne Beier
Lucy deals is still dealing with the loss of her mother, and conflicting feelings of guilt as her father becomes engaged to a lovely woman. She also discovers that a boy is strongly disliked in school is not what he appears to be. This story takes place the summer before Lucy and her friends begin middle school.
Wasn't what I expected. Thought the characters were a bit too childish for their age (always running away from situations! Like that helps anything) and the writing was awkward and choppy. Reminds me of another book with that similar plot, but I liked the other one a little more.
I just met this author today!
She was really interesting, and we go t to know a lot of behind the schenes stuff. This book is a quick read, that is basically a story on friendship.
Another cute dog story. Main character has to learn to accept that her dad is dating and she will be getting a stepmother. Plus worrying about starting middle school. Good read.
One Sentence Review: Nice enough little story but unfortunately it's a bit hard to remember after you've closed the covers.
Edward Sullivan
Appealing, realistic coming-of-age story perfect for older elementary-grade readers.
Rachel Strang
I love ocean stories! :)
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