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The Edge of Everywhen

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  78 reviews
A unique middle-grade novel, The Edge of Everywhen tells the story of Piper, a 13-year-old self-proclaimed book nerd whose world has been upended after the death of her mother. She and her autistic little brother (and best friend) Phoenix cling to one another as they are forced to move a thousand miles away from everything familiar and live with their rich, estranged aunt. ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 12th 2020 by B Kids
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May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A magical book provides narration and transforms a family in this new middle grade novel. How would you like to read a book that tells your story, but makes you feel like a new and improved version of yourself? The Novus Fabula is meant to be enjoyed and shared, not left on a dusty bookshelf. A final message reminds us that "Everyone's story matters." Piper and Phoenix will capture the hearts of readers and make everyone wish for such a book. And perhaps we already have one. Could Mackey be usin ...more
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance reader copy of this book to book in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

This book is an amazing read for children. I had tears in my eyes at the last few chapters!
Such an imaginative and endearing story that children will absolutely adore! This book has some amazing quotes in it at the start of each chapter and has a fantastic cast of characters. The story grips you from the beginning and I couldn't stop turning the pages.
Tiffany Martin
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We all know what it is like to have a book’s words resonate deeply without our hearts long after we have completed it.

For me, this is one of those books. From the moment I was introduced to it’s characters and up until I read the last word, I felt a deep connection with the message and story.

Following the tragic death of their mother and disappearance of their father, Piper and her younger brother Phoenix are sent to live with their very wealthy Aunt Beryl Bouchard. Sadly, Aunt Beryl seems les
Theresa Grissom
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, christian, 4th, 3rd, 5th
Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book.

I really enjoyed this Christian fantasy. It was unique and refreshing. It has a magical feel to it, a bit like reading the Narnia series. I loved all the characters in the book and they feel like friends now. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Lou Allen
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a magical, contemporary novel following Piper and her brother Phoenix who has autism. I would recommend it to readers of middle-grade novels but I could definitely see parents reading it to their younger children. I enjoyed it as an adult too.

I requested this book from and the publishers were kind enough to let me have a copy.

At the beginning of the story the children’s father has disappeared and when they also lose their mother, they are sent to stay with their Aunt in her
Mariale & Pieter Dros
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have to confess for me the beginning of the book was a bit slow but after getting into the story it really gets exciting. The Edge of Everywhen is told by a magical book, its a story about two siblings Piper and Phoenix, who are going through a difícult and very sad time. Their dad is missing in the Middle East. Their life turned upside down when their mom died in an car accident, they had to go to life with a aunt, who they barely know. The Edge of Everywhen is full of mystery and adventures ...more
Robert Fortner
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book seems to be specific for children or seniors. The twists, turns, and beautiful vocabulary lend unique images at all levels. There seems to be only one problem: I NEED MORE! Checking off books read and rating them, one would think I only read heavy mysteries. This is an easy read. Yet it has the same magnitude of intrigue as the larger books. Great writing!
May 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you netgalley for allowing me a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are my own. My review in no way reflects on the writer. Just my opinions.

After a family tragedy. Piper and Phoenix are forced to move in with there estranged aunt and thus begins a new start for the whole family.

This book sounded like it had everything. Book within a book. Family bonds. Mental health rep. Unfortunately for me this just didn’t work.

Piper is a self proclaimed book nerd who loves anything to
Celest Cloudt
Sep 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book is about the siblings Phoenix and Piper, Phoenix as autism. There father went missing 3 years ago and there mom died in a car crash in the beginning of the book. Because of that the have to go live with their aunt for away.

I absolutely love the idee of this book but I sadly did not like it. The first thing I didn't like is personal and that is the narration and writing style. The book jumped very fast and was confusing to get into. Also the book is narroted by a book and that is an nar
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Be astonished! Be astounded! For a work is being done in your days that you would not believe if you were told.” Habakkuk 1:5, NRSV

Something astonishing, indeed, awaits you, dear Reader.

On the pages of The Edge of Everywhen, you’ll find a young girl, Piper, frightened and desperate for what has been lost to be returned…

Her brother, Phoenix, an altogether rare young man, longing to be seen and understood…

A father, fighting to be reunited with his family…

And Aunt Beryl, with a cold, reserved hea
Betsy Strauss
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was curious to read this Christian fiction with a fantasy twist. Young Piper and her younger brother Phoenix are sent to live with their wealthy aunt in Maine after their father goes missing and their mother dies in a car accident. It's a rough start for all as they adjust to living in new situations.

I loved the old school feel of this story. As the modern kids step into their aunt's world of dinner parties, formal dining rooms, and butlers and cooks, they're forced to slow down and process t
Pâmela da Silva Lima
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'm writing this as I'm tearing up because this book moved me in a way I didn't knew I could be moved (not anymore anyway).
Even if I didn't go to the same experiences as Piper, I felt so much like her as a teen. I wish I had read it in that age, it would be my own Novus Fabula.
I love how this story is told, how we can hear the book speaking. I also love how it was a calm, deep tale, instead of an action packed story (I like those too, but it felt better this way).
Also, Phoenix is everything to m
Jennifer Sullivan
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a pleasant surprise. I was browsing for new middle-grade books to review and initially selected it based on the cover and short summary. Later when I read the whole summary and realized it was Christian fiction I almost changed by mind about reading it, since my library is in a very multi-national community and there really isn't much demand for children's Christian fiction, but since I had already received the ARC, I decided to go ahead and I ended up enjoying it.

Piper and her you
Nicole Grace
I am honored to know The Edge of Everywhen in the same way the Novus Fabula is honored to know each and every reader it meets.

A.S. Mackey's debut was a uniquely moving story, and yet still filled with references and allusions to feel nostalgic for anyone who loves children's books. The story is told from the perspective of a powerful book titled the Novus Fabula, and experiencing such a unique and fitting narrative voice reminded me of when I read The Book Thief for the first time. The sentience
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First sentence: The day the girl and the boy showed up at my door was like any other. Their arrival is now etched into my spine and has become part of me, just as I have become part of them. Just as I will become a part of you. Do not worry, Dear Reader. You will become part of my existence, as all my Readers do, leaving chocolate bar smudges or chicken nugget fingerprints on a few pages before returning me to the library shelf. Just to let you know, I am rather averse to honey, because my pages ...more
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a free e-arc of this title.

Wow. WOW. This book is incredible. It is a story that I feel children and adults need to read. It is powerful.

Siblings Piper and Phoenix have endured more than any children should have to go through. Their father has disappeared, and their mother was suddenly killed in an accident. Sent to live with their mysterious Aunt Beryl, this story is about love, hope, and redemption.

I loved watching Piper and Phoenix find themselve
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A wonderfully engaging tale! This book immediately draws the reader in and is ingeniously narrated by a Book. The Book narrator name-drops classic authors and books throughout, encouraging a love of literature. The subtle weaving of a deep foundation in faith was refreshingly without agenda. As an adult reader, I found myself wishing for a more developed and layered story, and wonder if middle grade readers might feel the same way. Regardless, I find myself pondering the story and the characters ...more
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if you lost your mother and your father and you had no choice but to go live with an old aunt that you didn't even know? You would be super sad, right? This is what has happened to 13-year-old Piper and her brother, Phoenix. Their father worked in construction and was sent overseas by the American government to rebuild ruined hospitals and schools in a country torn apart by war. One day he went missing and has not been heard from in two years. Then one night their mom was comin ...more
Jake Doberenz
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for a review.

Before reading the book, I didn't really have expectations about the story. I jumped right in blind! Yet from the beginning, I was struck by its captivating style. Mackey does a phenomenal job at bringing you into the world of the book (and books in general--more on that below) from the get-go. Immediately, there are mysteries that pull you in, but it plays out more like a "slice of life." I appreciated it as a more realistic and
Jessa Wise
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am one of the lucky ones that had the pleasure of reading The Edge of Everywhen before publication.

First, I'm going to say, stick with it. When I first started to read, I do admit that I nearly put it down and not pick it up again. Immediately I thought it was very clever being told from the perspective of an actual book, but the first chapter or so was very wordy (for a lack of a better description). I had started to read this to my almost teenager, she didn't want me to read anymore because
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonder-filled adventure, with real world truths that stand strong after the last page is turned.

Piper and Phoenix are a brother and sister, who share a special bond. After the death of their mother and disappearance of their father they are sent to live with their father's older sister Aunt Beryl, where the discover a mysterious and wonderful book.

I loved how this book is told from the perspective of the book, and I couldn't help but think multiple times that this would make a fantastic audio
Matt Sweeney
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Piper and her younger brother, Phoenix, find themselves in a car ride to Aunt Beryl’s house (or mansion) – their new home. Their father had been missing for two years. Their mother just died in an accident. Phoenix is non-verbal, which makes their transition even more difficult.
But shortly after their arrival, the children find a book in the library. Or rather, the book finds them. This book can speak to its reader. And the Story is different for e
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How do you know when a book wants to be read?

The Edge of Everywhen brings readers face-to-page with this question and many more in this delightful new fantasy by A.S. Mackey. Also enchantment. Loss. Danger. Family. Hope. Redemption. Why everyone’s story matters. And a really, really good read!

Indeed, The Edge of Everywhen is a splendid romp through all things bookish, magic, and true. Clever and convincing without being Pecksniffian, The Edge of Everywhen is a literary tour de force any biblioph
Aug 01, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: netgalley-2020
DNF @ 35%

I loved the idea of this book, but I didn’t love the execution. The story was supposed to be told from the point of view of a book, which is cool … and it sometimes was. But it jumped and meandered too much. It started at the kids getting to the house, and then it backtracked to what happened to lead them there, then it jumped to another character, then back to the kids at the house. The flow was just wonky.

The narrator also dropped these mentions to other super popular books and was l
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Edge of Everywhen by A. S. Mackey is billed as a middle-grade book but I think this is a book for the whole family to read and enjoy.

Thirteen-year-old Piper and her autistic brother, Phoenix, are sent to live with Aunt Beryl after their mother passes away in a car accident. Their father is also missing while working construction overseas. Together Piper and Phoenix find a mysterious book calling to them from Aunt Beryl's library. Novus Fabula is a story that will speak to each of them and c
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
“The day had simply been full of Too Much Muchness.”
— A. S. Mackey, The Edge of Everywhen

This book is so precious!

The Edge of Everywhen is told from the perspective of a MAGICAL BOOK! It follows the woes of a sister and brother. Piper is a 13 year old booknerd, and her autistic little brother Phoenix are both struggling in the aftermath of their mom’s death and their dad being declared M.I.A.

This is a middle grade story about faith, God and the importance of seeing the good and magic in the
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
The Edge of Everywhen follows the lives of Piper and Phoenix Guthrie, who have just lost their mother, Naomi, in a freak car accident and their father, Gordon, has been missing for the past two years. Piper and Phoenix have to go live with their Aunt Beryl in Maine, after only meeting her once many, many years ago. This isn’t an ideal situation for either of them, as Piper feels like she has to step up to the mother role for Phoenix, as he has ASD, and doesn’t cope well with changes and new peop ...more
Just Commonly
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a reader, we believe the words of a book has its own magic. It has meaning and comes to life in many instances. Well, author A.S. Mackey took it a step further and gave us a book that speaks to us (in a way). Meet Novus Fabula, the narrator in The Edge of Everywhen, published by B&H Publishing. Novus Fabula is a book. What's so special about this is that we're reading this story about a pair of siblings from the perspective of a book. Sounds intriguing, doesn't it? ⁠

The cover itself as you ca
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Adventure Begins!


Piper and her little brother, Phoenix, have lost both parents and are sent to stay with their Aunt Beryl, whom they have never met. Not only is their aunt unusual, she holds them at arm's length emotionally, lives in a big mansion and has a list of rules that must always be followed, no matter what.

Since Phoenix has autism and doesn't speak, Piper has always looked after his special needs. Will her a
Rose (Adventurous Bookworm)
I DNF'ed at 44%.
Let me explain. The book was not bad at all, there were many things that I enjoyed. I really liked seeing all the bookish references to Narnia, Harry Potter, LOTR, The Hobbit, and a variety of other books. I also liked seeing autism in Christian middle-grade fiction that is not portrayed as a 'problem' needing to be 'solved'.
However, what I found lacking was a plot. Maybe it is just not the right time for me to read this book but I was not seeing the point of it. Whenever I put t
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A.S. Mackey's award-winning debut middle grade fiction novel was released May 12, 2020, published by Lifeway/B&H Publishing.

Her childhood love for creative writing was solidified with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Georgia in 1991. During her senior year at UGA, she was a reporter and copy editor for the Oglethorpe Echo newspaper in Lexington, GA. From 1992-1993 s

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