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14 Hollow Road

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  332 ratings  ·  107 reviews
The night of the sixth-grade dance is supposed to be perfect for Maddie; she'll wear her beautiful new dress, she'll hit the dance floor with her friends, and her crush, Avery, will ask her to dance. Most importantly, she'll finally leave her tiny elementary school behind for junior high. But as the first slow song starts to play, her plans crumble. Avery asks someone else ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf
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Brooks Benjamin
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jenn Bishop wowed me with her first book, The Distance to Home. And now, after being fortunate enough to read an ARC of 14 Hollow Road, I can say that this author has most certainly earned a place on my list of writers I'll faithfully support. Give me the well-written bond between a kid and their pet and I'm hooked. Pair it with a pitch-perfect humorous voice and I'm a fan for life. Mix all of that up with the heart-wrenching story of a character dealing with loss during the most impressionable ...more
Abby Cooper
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jenn Bishop does it again! Fans of her debut, THE DISTANCE TO HOME, will be absolutely thrilled with 14 HOLLOW ROAD. The story is sweet and serious, and the characters are so realistic and relatable that I half expect to see them anytime I walk into a middle school. A wonderful second book by an amazing author!
Elly Swartz
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
14 Hollow Road, the latest book by Jenn Bishop, is a wonderful blend of heart and humor tucked into the life of a twelve-year-old-girl named Maddie. Maddie’s family loses their home when a tornado sweeps through their town, upending Maddie’s plans for the school dance and landing her in a neighbor’s home with her crush for the summer. Complicating things, Hank, the family dog goes missing. Throughout the story, Bishop does a wonderful job capturing the chaos and heartbreak that comes when life g ...more
Monica Tesler
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I adored 14 HOLLOW ROAD by Jenn Bishop. The story follows Maddie's summer after her home was destroyed in a tornado. The tragedy results in Maddie and her family spending the summer in a neighbor's house. Complicating things is the fact that her crush, Avery, is also staying in the house with his family since his home was damaged in the storm. Bishop deftly balances the bittersweet moments of early middle school friendships (a trio is always tricky) and first crushes, all within the framework of ...more
Michele Knott
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is exactly the type of middle grade I would have loved as a kid.... actually, I enjoyed it now too :)
I think middle grade readers will love the drama of the book - both from the coming of age story as well as the characters dealing with a tornado and how it changes their lives.
Jenn Bishop is definitely a writer that knows her audience!
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I binge-read this book in a day. Such a wonderfully middle-grade book that leaves you smiling. Remembering those days of middle grade blues, and the small things that were absolutely the END OF THE WORLD. Because they really were. The tingly hand touches. The summertime camps. All of it. I felt like I was back in 6th grade.

In 14 Hollow Road, Maddie is crushed when her crush doesn't ask her to dance at the 6th grade dance. Instead he asks her friend. But all that is swept aside (literally) when a
Victoria Coe
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Fans of Jenn Bishop's outstanding 2016 book, THE DISTANCE TO HOME, will eagerly dive into 14 HOLLOW ROAD. Once again, Bishop invites us into the life of an endearing middle grade character during one pivotal summer.

When Maddie's home is destroyed by a tornado, her family moves in with neighbors she barely knows... and as if that's not intriguing enough, it turns out the boy she's got a major league crush on and his
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Bishop's first novel, THE DISTANCE TO HOME, was one of my favorite reads of 2016. She's done a wonderful job again with 14 HOLLOW ROAD. The story takes us along with Maddie and her family as they face a big, unexpected challenge. I'm sure many kids will identify with the main character and will love the supporting cast as well!

I received an advance reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am such a huge fan of Jenn Bishop books! I loved her first novel, THE DISTANCE TO HOME, and I am happy to say that I also loved her newest book, 14 HOLLOW ROAD!

Middle school is hard enough - changing friends, changing bodies, changing emotions - without a tornado destroying your home. But that's exactly what happens to Maddie when, on the night of the sixth-grade dance, a tornado blows through town and ruins her home along with several others. To make things worse, her dog, Hank, also goes mis
Lee Malone
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book, man. It made me tear up (in public) — then laugh out loud a few chapters later.

Maddie's family lost their home in a freak tornado that decimated their neighborhood, and now she has to live with neighbors while their house is rebuilt. In the same house as her secret crush, who also lost his family home in the same tornado.

Meanwhile she's struggling with friendship issues and strange power of crushes under the overreaching horror of losing everything. This book shows a character facin
Bonnie Pipkin
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is just so wonderful. It takes you deep but also gives you moments to breathe and smile. Great portrayal of family, friendship, CRUSHES that actually crush, and all of it so perfectly placed in the aftermath of a tornado. Jenn Bishop weaves the world of an almost middle-schooler with all the sticky awkwardness and does so with HEART.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
This novel of recovery is a good pick for readers trying to wrap their minds around what's ahead for the people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. ...more
Shauna Yusko
No, seriously, this book is amazing! I read it aloud to my 5th grade class and they NEVER wanted me to stop. Even to go to recess. They already want a sequel. I cannot say enough good things about this book. Go get a copy now.
Wendy MacKnight
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads
I love Jenn Bishop's writing and 14 Hollow Road does not disappoint. A beautifully-written tale about the aftermath of a tornado and its impact on the life of our heroine, Maddie. This coming-of-age story is beautifully told, woven with a mixture of regret, grief, longing, and the awkwardness that is the hallmark of the age. I loved Maddie and her friends so much, and the pain and frustration of her interactions with her first crush and childhood friend, Avery, are fantastically developed. An am ...more
Jen Petro-Roy
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, middle-grade
Loved this sophomore novel by Jenn Bishop. Such a great depiction of having a crush, and the turmoil of growing up is so perfectly mirrored in the tornado.
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When you're a tween, you're old enough to understand that the world can be a tragic place, yet you're young enough not to be able to separate the significant from the trivial. You live in terror that your math teacher is going to "yell" at you because you went to the bathroom before class or that you aren't a good writer because your English teacher is always reminding you to indent your paragraphs. You are just beginning to understand the secret code of adults, but you are young enough to belie ...more
Bridget Hodder
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another winner from Bishop! Review to come!!!
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If I can be cheesy here for a moment and just say that this 14 Hollow Road is the perfect storm of a book: relatable characters, consistent tension that keeps you wondering what's next, and a nice balance of family vs boy crush make this a satisfying middle grade read.

12 year-old Maddie is "everygirl": worried about her hair and dress for a dance, equally annoyed and in love with her younger brother, a tad selfish in thinking more about herself than the dog eating dinner, and dealing with the i
Lilli Gilliam
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OH MY LORD!!!! Jenn Bishop is truly an amazing author! She wowed and thrilled me with The Distance to Home, but THIS, this was AMAZING!!! Through the roof!!!
Erin Moulton
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maddie has big plans. She's going to dance with her long time crush, Avery, at the sixth-grade dance. She's going to hang with her best friend Kiersten all summer and get ready for the big shift to Junior High. But during the dance, Maddie's world starts to crumble in big and small ways. Avery chooses someone else to dance with and when the power goes out, they find out that a tornado has blown through town, taking her house along with it. Her dog, Hank, goes missing in the storm.

Now, Maddie fi
Amanda Schreiber
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
14 Hollow Road perfectly captures the voice of middle school! I was instantly transported back to junior high!

Maddie thought a middle crush was the worst of her problems until her town & house are hit by a tornado. Now she’s living with a neighbor and her crush! To make matters worse she’s having trouble with best friend as well. Filled with drama, suspense & lots of hope this a wonderful story that kids will surely connect with. I purchased two copies for my 5th grade classroom library.
Mike Grosso
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A phenomenal follow up to THE DISTANCE TO HOME. I jumped into the ARC of Jenn Bishop's latest without reading any summaries. Every event in the story made a new knot in my stomach as I felt for the characters who just wanted to literally and metaphorically return to their homes. Bishop also shows a wonderful sense of kid humor, so you're never too far from a healthy laugh to get you through the sad moments. Five emotional stars for another winner by Jenn Bishop! ...more
As her sixth grade year comes to an end with a class dance, Maddie is excited about all the possibilities the summer holds. But she's also hoping that her classmate and friend Avery will dance with her, and their friendship will turn into a romance. But Avery ends up dancing with Gabriella, a recent transfer student, and a tornado interrupts the dance. Suddenly, the little things that Maddie has been worrying about seem to lose their importance as her family's home has been damaged in the tornad ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Oh the memories of junior high this brings back--and living in tornado alley, this really hits home with some of the near misses I have had with tornadoes--the apartment building I lived in one year in college that was destroyed by a tornado the day after I moved out, a year ago Christmas with intense tornado devastation about 6 miles from where I live. And thanks, Jenn, for the acknowledgement. Our BFYA group was really special.
Amber K.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was one of those books you could easily sit and binge read in one satisfying gulp. I try not to do that though because I'm always sad when they're over! I would love another book with Maddie in it so I can find out how 7th grade turned out, but I have a feeling it went great. 😃 ...more
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book. As always, all opinions are my own.

In 14 Hollow Road, author Jenn Bishop has written an extremely readable novel that I’m certain will have many tween readers on the edge of their seats. Although most young people won’t have to experience the loss of life and property that a tornado can bring, they will likely relate to Maddie’s other uncertainties as she transitions to middle school. In addition to living down the hall from
Really enjoyed this book and will definitely share with my upper elementary girls.
Mrs.Heather Lassley
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
On a student’s recommendation, I read this. She lead me right! What a great story!
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
14 Hollow Road is another winner for Jenn Bishop. With the same mastery of middle grade that she demonstrated in THE DISTANCE TO HOME, she tells us a completely different story, also filled with with heart and family love. Set in the aftermath of a tornado, young Maddie takes us with her on the journey of young love and fierce family solidarity. Many books these days are sharing the Katrina experience, but few that I know of are addressing the devastating effect of tornadoes on middle graders. N ...more
Scott Fillner
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jenn Bishop has written another great story. A story filled with friendship, emotion, humor, and heart. Our story begins with a devastating tornado that has changed the life of Maddie and her friends. Maggie's journey of recovery and discovery make this a story will not want to miss! ...more
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Jenn Bishop is the author of the middle-grade novels Things You Can’t Say, 14 Hollow Road, and The Distance to Home. She grew up in Massachusetts and as a college student spent one incredible summer in Wyoming. She has been obsessed with bison ever since. After working as a children’s librarian, she received her MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Jenn ...more

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