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Natale Ghent. All The Way Home
HarperTrophy  $14.99  ISBN 978-0-00-200752-8  191 pg.
Reviewed by Chelaine, Age 12

Looking back, it probably wasn't the best idea in the world to take off on Smokey, but I just couldn't stand the thought of selling him to some other kid. A pony like Smokey doesn't come along every day, so I was forced to drastic measures. And if selling our house means we get to keep Smokey then I can live with that. Still, I have to confess I'm worried. Because where we're going isn't a house. It's an apartment.

Natale Ghent wrote All The Way Home. She does a wonderful job; her writing really sparks your imagination. She is able to paint this picture in your mind that is so vivid; it's incredible.

This story was mainly about how a 13-year-old boy, Nathaniel (Nat), and his family have to move so that they can keep their horse, Smokey. However, soon after the move, Nat's Mother catches pneumonia. She ends up in the hospital. A man from the Children's Aid organization starts telling the three children that if their mother dies they won't have much to say about the direction of their life, because they don't have any relatives. Little does he know that they DO have a father, and if Nat must, he’ll find the man that left them.

I would recommend this book to anyone between the ages of 10 and 14, and would say this was definitely one of the best books I have read.

This reviewer gives All the Way Home 5 stars.


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