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The Boy from Tomorrow

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  373 ratings  ·  179 reviews
Josie and Alec both live at 444 Sparrow Street. They sleep in the same room, but they’ve never laid eyes on each other. They are twelve years old but a hundred years apart.

The children meet through a handpainted spirit board—Josie in 1915, Alec in 2015—and form a friendship across the century that separates them. But a chain of events leave Josie and her little sister Cass
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Amberjack Publishing
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[Shai] Bibliophage
I've watched several movies before that have the same theme just like in this novel, such as the Hollywood movies Frequency and The Butterfly Effect, and Korean movies Ditto and Il Mare. Thus, I was not expecting much when I've asked for the reading copy of this from the publisher.

This book really did exceeds my expectations because of how impressive Camille DeAngelis in writing it. Readers will be hooked once they start reading the story of the incredible friendship
The magic of possibilities, the mystery of an old home with stories to tell. A young girl who was twelve years old in 1915 and a twelve year old boy in 2015 share their stories through time and form a friendship that will forever change them both.

Josie and Alec were born a century apart, but the house at 444 Sparrow Street would help them transcend time to form a bond that would teach them both about life, grasping at what you want and taking a chance on believing in the unbelievable. It all st
Lili  Marcus
4.5 Stars

Shortest synopsis would be: This is a story of three kids who found a way/s to communicate with each other despite their timeline differences, that led one to help the other two secure their future. 
But since I'm so generous, I can give you more than that one long sentence. Alec, a 12-year old from 2015, just recently moved in 444 Sparrow Street with her mom when he found an Ouija board that somehow introduced him to Josie(12) and Cassie(6-7), sisters from 1915 who are living
The Boy from Tomorrow is a well-told, solid story and the true strength here lies in the characters. In the past, Josie and her little sister Cassie were simply charming, I wanted Emily to be my tutor, and the girls' mother is a powerful force. In the present, Alec was the star and his friend Danny was very likeable, too. The interactions between all of the children were very believable and there was a powerful sense of connection between them all. Once this story got rolling, I was truly enchan ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ivonne by: NetGalley
Camille DeAngelis’ The Boy from Tomorrow is a tale of two children living at 444 Sparrow Street in the fictional town of Edwardstown in the Adirondacks exactly one century apart. Twelve-year-old Alec Frost’s fragile mother is still reeling from her husband’s leaving her for a young blonde, and he has no friends after leaving New York City. Josie Clifford, only slightly younger and tutored at home with her mischievous 6-year-old sister Cassie, is very rarely allowed to venture from home in 1915 b ...more
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a really cute read! I'm really glad that I read it. Josie Clifford and Alec Frost live in the same house, 100 years apart, and forge a friendship by using a talking board. This was really interesting in the way that it was set up because it wasn't really a time travel book, but it had a similar quality to it, as these two friends were able to communicate even with time separating them.

The story is told in alterna
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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One-Line Summary:

Two people find a connection that transcends time, and it’s exactly what they both need to shape their individual futures.


When Alec moves into 444 Sparrow Street, it’s old and rundown and is a promise of a new beginning with his parents recently divorced. Like all old buildings, he expects it to have its secrets, and he finds one hiding in a drawer: a handmade talking board with angels in each corner. At first, it seems like a fun game to play during a sleepover—until he
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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“My mom says if you’ve got to make two huge life changes, you might as well make three.”

RATING: 5 out of 5


It is my first time reading a book that’s almost like time-traveling. By almost, I mean the characters didn’t literally jumped from one era to another, however, they were able to communicate in spite of a hundred-year gap. Their medium of communication was an Ouija board. Horror? Not at all! Though this book kind of spooked me at one point, and we’ll talk about that later.

There is on
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Netgalley, and I'm so glad that I did - I LOVED this story. I'm a sucker for time travel and this is so different from a typical time travel story. Alec and Josie are both 12 years old, and they live in the same house, but they live a century apart. Josie is from 1915, and Alec is from 2015 and they find each other through a Ouija board that belonged to Josie's mother.

What I liked about this book - the friendship between Josie and Alec felt authentic. I loved their inte
kayla ♡
Apr 29, 2018 marked it as dnf
DNF 6%

I actually love the idea but no motivation to continue it (at least at this time)

I need to not DNF books but I'm too anxious because of finals to read things that I don't fully love. I'll probably give this book another chance but for now I'm putting it back on my TBR list.
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Ever since I finished reading this novel, I have been searching for the right words to describe it—words that encompass every topic, every emotion, in the best way possible. Words like “charming”, “adorable”, and “sweet” are fitting to certain aspects, but somehow still feel wrong. However, darker words do not have a place here either, just as the characters do not allow
I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I read this book almost in one sitting, because I simply needed to know what happened next. (Also, can we talk about how nice the cover is?)

As you can see from the blurb, this story is about two (technically three) children, Josie and Alec. They are the same age, and they live in the same house in the same room… a hundred years apart. I absolutely loved all the ways they managed to send messages to each other, like the letters

It’s been a while since I’ve read a book in the middle grade genre and I’d forgotten how much I enjoy it. This story shifts from past to the future, between a girl, Josie who lives in 1915 and a boy, Alec, in 2015 – how they form a friendship which changes both their lives.

Josie and her six-year-old sister, Cassie are stuck living with a mother who’s a medium. She’s also a cold, heartless woman who has no time or love for her two sweet children. If not for their tutor Emily, Josie and Cassie wou
This was a beautiful story of suspense and mystery that I enjoyed very much. I liked that it was about a very unusual friendship.

“The Boy from Tomorrow” was a first-rate middle-grade story which was very gratifying and well crafted. Camille DeAngelis did a superb job with the character definition and I appreciated the dual perspective of the present and past and the two main characters.

This was an extraordinary novel that was delightful for its uniqueness. Highly recommended. Rating: 5 Stars

Jan 23, 2018 marked it as to-read
Yay! Netgalley granted me a wish for this book!
First time that happens

I think it's time to admit I won't be finishing this. It's not a bad book and it has an interesting premise but it's too childish for me.
Taylor (TaysInfiniteThoughts)
Josie and Alec both live in the same house — 444 Sparrow Street — but have never seen each other. That’s because Josie lives in 1915 while Alec lives in 2015. Both being twelve years old, they become friends, communicating through an Ouija board that belongs to Josie’s mother. Josie’s mother never lets Josie or her sister Cass out of the house, leaving the girls afraid for their safety. Alec searches through libraries and archives to find out what is going to happen to the girls in order to help ...more
Kajree Gautom
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Boy from Tomorrow is a time travelling fantasy fiction that connects lives from 10 years apart. Josie and Cassie are sick of their burdened lives inside their house, with no connection to the outside world. Their only friend is their tutor, Emily. So when Josie finds the talking board, the three of them are magically linked to Alec, who lives 10 years in the future, in the same room as Josie. .

Its a beautiful tale of friendship between the children and a heart wrenching tale of the cruelty
Joji Grey
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
When I hear "time travel" I always think, instinctively, of future technologies, bright lights, and the cheesey fog machines of 1980s sci-fi films. I do not, however, often think of talking boards.

I GREATLY enjoyed this book. I've never been much of a fan of science fiction or time travel, but this is a refreshing change of pace for a genre done half to death.

It was at times and immensely heartbreaking and hard to stomach, I felt a very familiar sense of fear and anger in my bones that showed
This is not so much a time-travel book, thought it is, and it isn't so much historical fiction, though it is. It is a different take on the usual way of doing time travel or historical fiction.

Alec corresponds with a girl who lived in his house a hundred years ago, first through a ouija or spirit board.

It sounds odd, but it works. Alec is going through problems, and so is Josie, and they both give each other mutual support.

The thing about time travel, is the pieces all have to fit together, and
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rounded up from a 4.5. Thank you to NetGalley for a digital ARC of this book. I am so glad I got to read this delightful story.

Time travel has always fascinated me and I have loved shows like Quantum Leap, the Sandra Bullock movie "Lake House" and the book "The Time Traveller's Wife." There was much to love about this story as Alec and his friend Sammy in 2015 seek to stay in contact with Josie and Cass in 1915. Their connection does start with a conversation or ouija board, but the author tells
Jackie Maloney
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Title: The Boy from Tomorrow
Author: Camille DeAngelis
Rating: 3.8/5 stars

I received a copy of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is a spoiler free review.

Warning: child abuse, use of outdated terms for people of Asian decent

When Alec Frost moves to a large house on 444 Sparrow Street, he and his mom are looking to start fresh. One day, while Alec is exploring his new home, he finds a spirit board. When he started playing with this talking board, he has no ide
Jenn Bishop
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic story about a friendship that spans the ages. Well-paced and crafted, this is a great book for readers who enjoyed Leila Sales's ONCE WAS A TIME or Ronald L. Smith's THE MESMERIST. Highly recommend! ...more
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this little Middle-Grade book, it was so amazing! I look forward to reading more books from this author, this book made me laugh and cry.
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley.

When I started reading this, I was just hoping to get a fun middle grade book about two kids being friends despite them being 100 years apart from each other. I didn't expect my heart to ache every other page.

Both main characters are relatable, real and a pleasure to follow. You can clearly see the differences between them, and that somehow makes them fit in the story perfectly.

The writing style was amazing. It didn't hold back from using long words,
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Currently, if asked to describe this book, my eyes would just sort of roll back in my head and I would go “ugh this book!” and you would be like “uh Patricia is that good or … ?” and I would look at you and my jaw would sort of uncomfortably shift to one side and you’d ask me if I’m okay and I would say, “read this book.” Anyway, that is how I fee
Going into The Boy From Tomorrow, I expected a cute, lighthearted romp through time. What I got was so much more. Heavy topics like abuse and death frequent these pages, providing a balance to the wonder and whimsy of the magical/fantastical elements. Getting to know Josie, Cass, and Alec - and then watching all three grow up - made the ending all the more bittersweet. I'm positive this book will find just as many adult readers as it will children, and I'm so glad I read it.

For the full review a
Jill Elizabeth
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a really excellent story. It started a little slower than I wanted, but picked up fairly quickly and I'm so glad I stuck with it, because it was lovely! What lonely little kid hasn't imagined they might one day stumble upon a friend, someone who would understand them and help make them feel more at home in their own skin? Now imagine if you could *actually* make such a friend - not an imaginary one, but one who is altogether real, albeit separated from you indefinitely by time and space ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Boy From Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis is a children's adventure book aimed at ages 8-11 years. I am considerably older and I really enjoyed the tale.
The story unites two children one hundred years apart, who live in the same house. Their bond, formed through curiosity and loneliness is beautiful to witness.
There were some very different parenting ideas at the beginning of the twentieth century. The modern reader consequently finds some of the passages of child cruelty difficult to read.
A si
Ms. Yingling
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
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When Alec moves into 444 Sparrow Street after his parents' divorce, his expectations are pretty low. He does manage to make some new friends quickly, and finds a cool Ouija type board stuck in a cupboard. When he and his friends get messages that make some sense, he realizes that he is communicating with a girl names Josie who lived in the house 100 years ago. In alternating passages, we see how this communication across time affects both children. Josie is able to gets i
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Josie lives in 1915. Her mother, twice widowed, is a medium, and she is not kind to Josie and her little sister Cassie.

Alec lives in 2015. He and his mother, in the midst of a divorce, have just moved to the house that Josie lived in. He's navigating a new neighborhood and a new normal with his dad gone.

Alec finds a "talking board"—a Ouija board—hidden away in his new-old house, and he and two new friends play around with it and manage to contact Josie. This opens up a friendship between Alec a
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