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All the Ways Home

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Sometimes, home isn’t where you expect to find it.

After losing his mom in a fatal car crash, Kaede Hirano–now living with a grandfather who is more stranger than family–developed anger issues and spent his last year of middle school acting out.

Best-friendless and critically in danger repeating the seventh grade, Kaede is given a summer assignment: write an essay about what
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Feiwel & Friends
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Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-fiction
This is such a perfect warm hug of a book - with a hero so raw and wounded, he doesn't even believe he deserves that kind of compassion and forgiveness any more. But he does, I loved him and felt for him from the very first page, and I CHEERED at the absolutely perfect ending.

Kaede was born in Japan and spent his first three years there with a dad and a mom and an older half-brother. Then his parents divorced, his mom took him with her to Canada, and his dad - who was always neglectful - broke o
I spent the entirety of this book crying or wanting to cry. it's a little book about what home means to each of us, and it broke my heart again and again. it's a love letter to Japan and its culture. but it's also a love letter to family, and the people you decide are family to you.
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so lovely! I deeply appreciated how Japan and its culture were represented on the page and how accurate and real it all felt. Kaede is a kid who's experienced a lot of loss and pain for someone his age and I'm glad he had the opportunity to discover what home means to him. Also, can I just say how much I loved Shoma? He's the sweetest guy ever and through his actions it was obvious how much he cared about Kaede and their sibling relationship.
I totally recommend this book!
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC!

I felt emotional reading All the Ways Home. Not only did the book make me nostalgic for my recent trip to Japan, but it made me feel for Kaede, a boy who just wants someone to love him after the death of his mother. While I cannot relate to way Kaede's mother dies, I can in the sense that like him, there are days where I pine for my folks because there is so much I want to tell them, and no way to truly do so.

This is the story of Kaede returning to Tokyo
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I am utterly smitten with All the Ways Home. Talk about a book that hits all my sweet spots: a complex family relationship, a main character struggling with his mistakes and forgiveness, and the concept of what home is. If you're searching for a book that will evoke all the emotions on the spectrum, All the Ways Home is the one.

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There is something so good about reading a book, set in a time in place, that shows the author knows what they are writing about.

Kaede means maple in Japanese. You don't need to know this. You don't need to know that "Nothings Carved in Stone" is a real musical group. You don't need to know the areas of Tokyo either.

Kaede is in Japan because his mother died. Kaede is in Japan because his father abandoned him, and he is hoping to reconnect with him while he is here. Kaede is in Japan because he
Ms. Yingling
E ARC from Netgalley

Kaede Hirano had a fairly comfortable life in Canada with his mother, but when she dies in a car accident which he thinks is his fault, he must live with his cold and distant grandfather. Luckily, he gets a message from his estranged father, who lives in Japan, that Kaede can visit him for several weeks. This works out well, since Kaede has created a lot of trouble for himself since his mother's death, and his school will only allow him to go on to the next grade if his summe
Laura (bbliophile)
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yarc2019
This was so, so lovely!
Taasia ✨
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yarc-2019
This was beautiful.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This book will really open minds for children across the world and will in my opinion introduce them to the important concept of self discovery. The struggles throughout the story Kaede goes through after loosing his mom is so inspiring and really exemplifies the importance of self dependence and self discovery. This b
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“If you ask me,” he’d said as we made our way toward the temple from the train station, “home isn’t really an apartment, or house, or where your family lives. It can be, but I think it’s more a collection of things like that. Like a well you fill up over time. Bits and pieces collected from all around you, the places you like best. Things you know down to their bones, people you can always find because you know they’ll be there-those count, too. And all that stuff, taken together and piled up in ...more
Feb 10, 2019 added it
Okay I read a draft of this and I really loved it. It’s about brothers and grieving and being hurt and finding home when your old home has been ripped from you. It is sweet and I liked it so much.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Completely and utterly perfect. Sign me up, I'm now officially an Elsie Chapman fan.
It would seem that the universe is sending me a message since I've recently stumbled upon a pile of books about finding one's way home or making one's home and blooming where one is planted. No matter one's age, perhaps this is something we always deal with especially when we've moved from one place to another at one time or the other. Seventh grader Kaede Hirano--his name means Maple in Japanese--has had a hard time dealing with his mother's death. The two were close, and he has not been able t ...more
Dan Allbery
3.5 Stars

What does it mean when the place you were born in feels both strange and not strange? When it's almost eight thousand kilometers across the ocean yet still swims around in your heart, somehow close?

Home is made up of those things I know will always be there for me.

What is home? For many, myself included, it is a very simple, straightforward question. For others, "home" is a confusing, complex word that is hard to define. Having worked with and taught many sojourners, "home" seems to be
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kaede is twelve years old and his life has been in a downward spiral since his mom died in an accident. His summer extra credit assignment is to fill up a notebook and define "home." Kaede only remembers Vancouver as home, but he was born in Japan. He flies from Vancouver to Japan to spend the summer with his older half-brother and dad -- family he has not seen for nearly a decade. He is impressed by how cool his brother is and how effortlessly he absorbs Kaede into his busy life. As the weeks g ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding MG about long-term grief and parental loss. Kaede is struggling with the death of his mom a year earlier. It's led to unfamiliar and uncomfortable living situations with a grandfather he barely knows, who's stepped in to care for him in the absence of his parents. His father lives in Japan and has been estranged for nearly a decade. But when Kaede's struggles at school and in his community lead to trouble, he's invited to spend the summer with the family he hardly remembers. Hoping f ...more
Deena Lipomi
Kaede lives with his maternal grandfather after his mom died in a car accident, but when he receives word from Japan that his biological father would like him to spend the summer there, it seems like a good idea in the aftermath of his behavioral problems. Except his father is off on a photo shoot, and his older brother takes him under his wing, but Kaede doesn't know how he'll finish his school project on "home" without the answers he craves from his dad. The Tokyo setting is lush with descript ...more
Sara I
This was a delightful book that followed Kaede's journey of discovering where he belongs, what home means, and what family means to him following the death of his mother. I think his search was one everyone could relate to in some way while also examining belonging in terms of being an immigrant. It was a moving, easy-to-read story and you felt as if you were exploring Japan alongside Kaede because of the wonderful descriptions of his surroundings and (possibly most importantly) the food! It was ...more
J.L. Slipak
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This is a middle-grade novel for ages 8-12, grades 3 to seven. This is a middle-grade debut for this accomplished author. She also wrote Along the Indigo, coedited A Thousand Beginnings and Endings and wrote the Dualed series.

Whew, what an emotional roller coaster ride. I think every emotion I possess was activated while reading this quick read. The main character will shake your resolve and squeeze your heart.

I highly recommend
A story of family and home, and redemption.
The book doesn't really deal with Kaede's grief, but it is obvious he expresses it through anger and violence.
His visit to Japan, and reconnecting with his half-brother, through the vehicle of a school assignment, helps him define what home means to him.
Although grief is not explicitly stated, it is present in Kaede, and in his brother, Shoma. Not just the recent death of Kaede's mother, but also the absence of their father, the break-up of their fam
Twelve year old Kaede has a lot of questions regarding his summer assignment-- a project on "Home". His mother is gone forever, his grandfather is distant, and he hasn't seen his dad or brother since he was three. Near the end of the season, he goes to Japan to visit his older brother, Shoma, hoping to find some answers. The familial love and support Kaede and Shoma share is rare in a book; to see brothers support each other despite rough circumstances. Together they discover what makes a family ...more
Stacy Mozer
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
When Kaede's mother is killed in a car accident, he became angry at the world. That anger led him to make a number of serious mistakes. Not knowing what else to do, his grandfather reaches out to his father and stepbrother in Japan - who Kaede has not been in touch with in years. Invited to spend three weeks with them, Kaede goes to Japan with an assignment to write a journal about the meaning of home in order to pass the year. A story about the meaning of home and family.
Lee Födi
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book for so many reasons! Tokyo is vividly brought to life, and brought back many fond memories of my visits to Japan. This is a story of being torn between identities and places, and I think many will relate. The ending was not predictable, and I can’t wait to share this one with my creative writing students—many of them have migrated back and forth between different countries and will understand Kaede's emotional journey in this book.
Audrey Kammerer
Jun 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Past events and issues unfold naturally in the main character’s journal writing. Though the journal does also fluctuate strangely from confused tween to very self-aware tween. Tokyo’s culture and geography are a major element in the story and are described nicely and included smoothly. The struggles, bad choices and triumphs of the characters all feel real. It was enjoyable watching them discover home in each other and in themselves.
Susan Maas
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A touching book about loss and the meaning of family and home. I especially liked it because I have a son in Japan and have been to some of the places described. My only real quibble is that the voice of the main character seems more like an older teen than a middle grade boy in many places. Still worth reading, though.
Taylor Del Val
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have a middle grade book club here in Japan. And can I just say how powerful this book is? It is such a beautiful reading experience. It’s full of relatable moments. I enjoyed it immensely and so did my kids. It was easy to come up with questions for the discussions and I just want to thank the author for writing such an incredible novel.
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: c-a
I didn't care for this one too much. I liked the story, but felt it wasn't executed well. There wasn't enough set-up for Kaede to be troubled. He felt misunderstood. I liked the Japan location and thought the mom and dad backstory was good. I just didn't connect enough with the characters or story.

Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had this one sitting on my floor for a long time and I almost brought it back to the library without giving it a chance, but what a mistake that would have been!! This book broke me and then put me back together, and I am so thankful for that. Just go read it. Your heart might be broken by the end, but I promise it'll be fine by the end.
Heidi Burkhart
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely remarkable. The characters were excellent, the story was unique yet realistic. I loved the scenes in Japan.

I think that MS students who are struggling with their identity would really engage with this story.

Looking forward to more by the author.
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Elsie Chapman grew up in Prince George, Canada, and has a degree in English literature from the University of British Columbia. She is the author of the YA novels Dualed, Divided, Along the Indigo, and Caster as well as the MG novel All the Ways Ho

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