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Preview — Miles from Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams
Miles from Ordinary
This book literally had me sleeping with the light on. It's not just sad, it's very creepy towards the end. I spent about two thirds of the book thinking it was good and really captured the pain and loneliness of a young girl who is ostracised and has no friends because of the situation with her severely depressed mother. How sometimes she'll come home and find the house empty and have to go out searching for hours until she finds her mum wandering up the street in her nightgown. How she is for ...more
Carol Lynch William’s execution of fourteen-year old Lacey’s voice is excellent, capturing all the anxiety, fear and longing that she experiences du ...more
You play it by drawing part of a creature, say the head and beginning of the torso. Then you fold it over and pass it onto another person to draw another section. Once the entire body is complete comes the exciting unveiling and one could say that the often macabre result does indeed resemble the exquisite body of some un-dead beast.
Miles From Ordinary reminds me o ...more
In Williams' MILES FROM ORDINARY, thirteen-year-old Lacey just wants a normal day. Since her aunt left a year ago, Lacey has been forced to take care of her mentally ill mother by herself. In an attempt to gain some freedom and some income for both of them, Lacey gets her mother a job as a cashier while she plans to volunteer at the local library. Hoping against hope that she will have one ordinary day and maybe make a friend in the process, Lacey drops off her ...more
Lacey is a young teen whose dream of a normal life is not realistic because she is the caregiver to her mentally ill mother. Facing this serious situation, Lacey is forced to grow up quickly. I found myself completely drawn into Lacey’s world. A world of fear and vulnerability – love and family bonds.
Carol Lynch Williams slowly drops bits of the past in ...more
Other than that, this book was so go ...more
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It was supposed to be a summer day full of promise. Lac ...more
Whatever I may have been thinking this book was, it was not. The story is beautifully written and so moving. It was also set in only one day's time, which was amazing to me. You'd think something like that wouldn't be able to live up to such ...more
She hopes for an ordinary day where they both go to work and meet back up on the bus route. But nothin ...more
This was a very suspenseful book which looks into the life of a family that has to deal with mental illness.
Lacey is her mother's caregiver. Her mother is literally suffering from major mental illness. Her mother believes that the ghost of Lacey's grandfather is helping them by telling her how to keep Lacey and herself safe. Lacey's life consists of trying to soothe and talk her mother into calming down and trying to get her out of the bad place i ...more
Lacy's Mom has always been "Not right", but she is getting worse and worse and the money is running out. The book takes place ...more
The enitre 197 page book is set in one day. Lacey and her mentally crazy mother both get jobs, and Lacey is excited to get some free time away from her crazy mother. Most of the book is a little heartwern ...more
I'm going to start out by saying that Miles From Ordinary starts out sloooowwww, like really, really, really slow. I took me about three days to get thr ...more
I loved this book Miles from Ordinary, because it describes how it is to have everyone leave you and you have to take care of your sick mom and run after her just to find her.
This book started out with lacey getting called into her mom’s room to help her get her dead granddaddy out. Later in this book they foreshadow back to when Lacey’s mom kicked her out of the house. Lacey got a job at the library where her aunt used to work, and her mom got a job at the store Winn Di ...more
Lacey is a shy, brave and mentally strong young girl who's basically slowly falling apart. The weight of the responsibility she's been carrying has made her wary of new people or asking others for help. She believes she must care for her mother all on her own or risk losing everything. I felt so sympathetic for Lacey since she's had ...more
I feel the need to point out how very different GLIMPSE and MILES FROM ORDINARY are. Both are powerful, relatively short reads, but GLIMPSE is written in free verse and MILES FROM ORDINARY is written in traditional novel format. Williams' mastery of both forms astound me... Neither story is more or less det ...more
Lacey has been the sole caretaker of her mother ever since her Aunt Linda was forced to leave a year ago. Lacey's mother's paranoia and depression has only gotten worse, leaving Lacey scared that her mother won't be able to manage her job outside the house, ...more
I don’t mind the creepiness at all. In fact I enjoy a few creepy books once in awhile, but this book did not hold my attention at all. The mother has a problem. I don’t know why Lacey didn’t tell anyone about it. She was very strong to be able to take care of her mom like that. She was mental.
Ever since Lacy’s mom found her dad hanging in the closet sh ...more
Lacey is worried about starting her first day as a volunteer at the library. Her mother is also starting her first day of work at the local grocery store as a checker. As you read the book, you can feel the intensity of worry and antic ...more
About the Author: Carol Lynch Williams, a two-time winner of the Utah Original Writing Competition, is the author of several books for children, including two novels about the Orton family of New Smyrna, Florida: Kelly and Me and Adeline Street. A starred School Library Journal review of The True Colors of Caitlynne Jackson praises Williams as she "again demonstrates her facility at mood and chara...more