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Kenzie Rhines doesn't have a home--she has too many. Her dad's job keeps them flying around the country, which means "home" is whatever fancy hotel they're currently staying in and "school" takes place 30,000 feet in the air. And since it's just the two of them, she has no choice but to be his travel partner. Kenzie loves the constant adventures, but she wouldn't mind plan ...more
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Published 2017 by Simon & Schuster/ Aladdin M!X
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Bridget Hodder
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"No Place Like Home" is a tale to treasure! Kenzie is a Middle-School-aged girl who's never had the chance to attend Middle School. Instead, she lives a life of VIP jet setting, traveling constantly with her dad, ever since her mom died. Then one day her dad puts her in school in Las Vegas for a magical six weeks--Kenzie's opportunity to experience Middle School at last! Knowing she's only here for a short time gives Kenzie the courage to plunge head first into all kinds of things she's never do ...more
(:Ash:)
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay, this book was very good, but the reason I gave it a five star was because it made me cry. If a book makes you cry, you just have to give it a five star. It wasn't as good as some of the other books that I've read, but it was really good, and I would like to read more by this author. This is a more modern book, I enjoyed it thoroughly. Her characters actions were kind of relatable, and I enjoyed reading about Kenzie and her friends, and also her life. I give it a 4 and a half star, because ...more
Victoria Coe
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance reviewer copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Author Dee Romito is a 100% tween girl whisperer! As with her debut novel, THE BFF BUCKET LIST, she creates characters who are as real as they are lovable. In NO PLACE LIKE HOME, 12 year-old Kenzie and her dad live out of suitcases, hopscotching across the country 365 days a year. So when she suddenly gets to stay in one place for six whole weeks, she might just go a teensy bit overboard when it comes to finally ge
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Jennifer
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got the chance to read a super early version of this. It's a classic Dee Romito book: full of heart, good friends, and a lot of fun. Loved it!
Jenn Bishop
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best qualities of fiction is its ability to allow you to walk in someone else's shoes, to spend a few hours living a life quite unlike your own. Well, I might wish that I got to spend a bit more of my time jet-setting across the country, staying in fancy hotels, dining out at chic restaurants like fortunate seventh grader Kenzie Rhines. Kenzie's dad travels a ton for work -- pretty much all the time -- so since her mother's passing three years ago, she's tagged along, forgoing traditi ...more
Ms. Yingling
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

Ever since her mother's death, Kenzie has not had a permanent home. She travels from hotel to hotel with her father, an environmental consultant who home schools her and who has a roster of nannies in every town who can watch her when he is at work. When He gets a posting to Las Vegas for six weeks, he enrolls Kenzie in middle school. She's apprehensive, but thrilled for the opportunity to be a "real" student once again. Even though she knows she will soon
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Greg Andree
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A review by Novalee, 10 yrs old:

This novel, No Place Like Home, is an outstanding piece of work by Dee Romito, who is the author of The BFF Bucket List. This book seemed real. These details seemed to come from someone who had lived it all. Though this is realistic fiction, as I read the book, I felt like Kenzie, who is the main character.

Kenzie is a girl with no real home. She describes her home(s) as first class hotels. Her mother died, and now she and her father travel all over for his busin
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Lois Sepahban
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to read an ARC of No Place Like Home.

I completely love Kenzie--she's sweet and smart, she loves her friends, and she loves her dad.

I can't wait to share this book with young readers.
Amanda Hosch
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An utterly charming middle grade novel!
Kenzie Rhimes leads an exciting life, flying around with her father all over the country while he does consulting work. Home is a series of hotel rooms, complete with VIP treatment. Dad is her tutor and field trips can be the Lincoln Memorial in DC one weekend or the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota the next. However, what 12-years-old Kenzie doesn't have is a room of her own or a best friend. She gets that chance when her father has a 6-week
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Lee Malone
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Funny and heartfelt, this is a book about taking risks making friends, and making mistakes. I loved the cast of interesting characters and the introspective, funny and cool main character. A great read for any kid who has ever wanted a chance at a different life.
Monica Tesler
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As someone who moved a lot growing up, I was immediately sucked in and sympathetic to Kenzie's story in No Place Like Home. All Kenzie wants is to have a regular middle school experience, but that hasn't been possible with her constant travel in connection with her Dad's job. So when an opportunity to go to the same school for six weeks in a row presents, Kenzie takes full advantage, filling her social calendar with school commitments--commitments that she won't be able to keep once she hits the ...more
Valerie McEnroe
Kid rating: 4 stars
Adult rating: 3 stars

Cute book from Aladdin Mix, but not my favorite. It was a little too far-fetched and I have a tendency to zero in on absurd plots. Kids are way less critical about that sort of thing. Girls who want nothing but realistic books about school, friendship, and crushes will definitely go for this.

Ever since Kenzie's mom died she's been traveling with her dad on his job projects. She gets to visit cool cities and stay in first class accommodations. They don't st
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Janet
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
No Place Like Home is one of those books that creeps into your heart, and you can't help but fall in love with the characters. You're rooting so hard for a happy ending, and you want so much to fix everything and make everyone understand.

Kenzie has what looks like an amazing life to everyone around her--she's travels around the country on First Class flights, stays in 5-star hotels, and everyone around her jumps to get her anything she wants (and more!). But what she's missing is a home. And whi
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Cynthia Reeg
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When globe-trotting 7th-grader, Kenzie Rhines, finally settles for six weeks in Las Vegas with her widowed father, she’s excited about attending a real middle school. She’s being brave and bold, trying to overcome her stage fright by auditioning for the school musical, The Wizard of Oz, and joining as many extracurricular activities as she can. Problems start multiplying when she purposely forgets to share she’s only staying for the short term. Kenzie finds friends and exciting new challenges, b ...more
Mary Elizabeth Morton
'No Place Like Home' is a predictable but sweet junior novel. The following two reflective and inspiring quotes from the end of the book happily increased my rating from three stars to four stars.

"...life is kind of like an airport. Plenty of people will land in your life, and others will take off to new destinations for one reason or another. Some flights won't matter much at all, just another listing on the screen, while some departures will break your heart into a million tiny pieces that onl
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Sandi Van
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A feel good book about friendship, family, and what it means to fit in. Because of her father's job, Kenzie is constantly traveling and has no true home. So when dad has the opportunity to stay in one place for six weeks, Kenzie decides to get involved in as much middle school life as possible. But her new friends don't realize that she'll be gone before she can follow through on all of her commitments, and Kenzie worries about the consequences that await her when they find out.

Romito does an am
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Stephanie Faris
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
No Place Like Home tells the story of Kenzie, a 12-year-old girl who lives a glamorous life. After her mom's death, Kenzie's father swore he'd no longer let his business trips keep them apart. This has led to a life of hotel rooms and tourist attractions. When Kenzie's dad gets a short-term gig in Vegas, she gets to try out life as a middle school student for six weeks. But instead of telling all her new friends she's only there temporarily, she gets caught up in the courage being a short-termer ...more
Alyssa Palombo
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story is as cute and fun as its cover! The characters are so well drawn and relatable; definitely took me back to some of my middle school experiences! I loved reading about Kenzie's unconventional life on the road, and her struggles, joys, and risk-taking in settling down to a "normal" life. Her experiences with friendship and fitting in will no doubt ring true for many. A great read for kids of all ages; get this on your TBR for when it releases in September!

**I received an ARC of this bo
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Casey Lyall
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was fun, funny, and sweet with a highly satisfying emotional journey - the hallmark of a Dee Romito book! I read a chapter a night over the phone with my eight-year-old niece and she always asked for 'just one more chapter'! Romito captures the middle grade voice perfectly. I felt like I was right there with Kenzie through her turmoil of wanting just one place to call home. It's a book that underscores the importance of the phrase 'home is where the heart is'. Looking forward to more g ...more
Jill Diamond
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oooooh! Such a fun book! No Place Like Home is the charming story of Kenzie, a jet-setting twelve-year-old who is given the opportunity to be a "regular" middle school kid. Kenzie shines with heart, spunk, and wit - everything one could want from a MG main character. The story is a sweet tale about friendship, family, and the meaning of home. Don't miss this one!
Claudia Recinos
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm putting this on my son's "To Read" list for when he's a little older. This was such a sweet and moving book about home and honesty and friendship. It's well-written and fun. I stayed up to finish it because, honestly, I just couldn't put it down.
Adrienne Carrick
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such an adorable read! How I wish my middle school had been this much fun. Unique voice that shows how much fun can be had when you step out of your comfort zone.
Jenifer
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the cover of this book, so cute! I gave it to my daughter, she loved it.
Then I put it in my Little Free Library.
Kristin Dudish
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars! My middle school aged son and I both loved this book, proving that anyone (female or male at any age) can enjoy it. We highly recommend this book!
Sophia Chandriani
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is about a girl who usually moves around and who is home schooled but her dad gets an offer to stay at one place.
Mia
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this book it was one of my favorite books i have ever read and I just really love this book!!!!
Kerry Pickens
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Very beautiful, well written children's book. Would make a nice gift!
Christina Carter
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-excursion
* Note: Review of Advance Reviewer Copy | Release Date: 9/19/17

There is no place like home. A place where you feel connected to family and friends. A place where love lives, with walls that have tales to tell of countless memories and milestones celebrated. At the very least, a place to call your own. A place where you belong. Home. For Kenzie Rhines, home is wherever her dad's job takes them that moment, in whatever hotel they choose.

When her dad receives a longer assignment in Las Vegas, Kenz
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S.A. Larsen
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Intelligent and witty with all the feels! Experiences, events, and situations are so fantastically MG. The friendships are great, and the parent/child relationship blew me away; not overpower, but perfectly genuine. A sweet read for any middle schooler!
Ellie Terry
This book was perfect. Absolutely a delight to read. I moved to a new state at the end of 8th grade and remember not treating my schoolwork, friends, and teachers with the respect I should have, because, like Kenzie (the main character in this story) I knew I was leaving soon and so nothing I did mattered. This story is heartfelt and fun and a quick read. I loved the setting of Las Vegas, because not a lot of MG books are set there!
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Dee Romito’s middle grade novels, THE BFF BUCKET LIST, NO PLACE LIKE HOME, BEST. NIGHT. EVER. and POSTCARDS FROM VENICE, are available from Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, along with her debut picture book PIES FROM NOWHERE, from Little Bee Books. Watch for the FORT BUILDERS, INC. early chapter book series coming in 2020!

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