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When twelve-year-old Cove Bernstein becomes the target of a school-wide bullying campaign, she sets out to find a way to leave her home on Martha’s Vineyard for New York City, where her best friend lives. But Cove discovers that friends can appear in the unlikeliest places, and maybe home isn’t the worst place to be after all.

Jennifer Blecher’s debut novel is a voice-drive
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Greenwillow Books
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Sarah
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This little novel touched my heart. Young Cove has spent her entire life on Martha's Vineyard in the company of her hippie, yoga bendy mother. Her small world is shattered when her best friend, Nina, moves with her fathers to New York City. More than perhaps any other book I've read, Out of Place depicts, with painstaking accuracy, the cruelty of middle school age girls. Cove's classmates' torment and the ensuing isolation rang with familiarity. Desperate to visit Nina, Cove applies to a reality ...more
Kathie
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to the author and publisher for sending me a copy of this ARC.

Cove is lost without her best friend, Nina, who just moved to New York City. She has trouble finding a new place where she belongs, and becomes the target for some girls at school who start a campaign to wear a message on their shirts that affect the her, and the morale of the school. Nina is desperate to find a way to get to see Nina in New York, and accidentally comes across an opportunity to audition for a TV des
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India
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh Cove, Cove, Cove.
You are a gift to the world of middle-grade literature.
Growing up is hard, and few authors get the intricacies of what it is like to grow up feeling out of place in such a beautifully relatable way! 10-year-old India, moving from place to place needed this exact book.
Cove has lived her entire life on Martha's Vineyard with a mother who teaches yoga, loves kale, and refuses to buy commercial clothing. Her best friend Nina has been her grounding force until Nina's dads decide
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Jodi
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely, tender-hearted coming of age story about a girl named Cove who lives (and has never left) her island home of Martha’s Vineyard. She lives with her single mother, an eccentric, spiritual, and protective woman, and spends all of her free time with her childhood best friend, Nina. When Nina’s family suddenly moves away to New York City for an incredible opportunity in the arts, Cove is forced to face her fears of feeling out of place as she navigates school, bullying, forming new ...more
Jennifer Hill
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Available June 2019



Cove lives in Martha's Vineyard with her artist mom and she has never left the island in her 12 years. Her mom refuses to leave, even for a trip. Cove's best friend, Nina, is moving to New York City so her dad can try selling his artwork there. Cove is devastated. She is bullied by the other girls on the island, and really has no other friends. Once Nina moves Cove decides to apply to be on a reality show called "Create You" so she can go to New York and find Nina. There's onl
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caitlin
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Review copy courtesy of Edelweiss.

I greatly enjoyed this contemporary middle grade book about a girl named Cove who is devastated after her best friend moves away. She turns to learning to sew while watching a Project Runway esque reality show, and this leads her down a series of adventures. Will definitely be purchasing!
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