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Some Places More Than Others

Written by Renee Watson

Key Stage 2 Adventure Stories Family / Home Stories General Fiction

LoveReading View on Some Places More Than Others

A heart-warming and inspiring story about family, love and forgiveness.

September 2019 Book of the Month

Amara knows exactly what she wants for her 12th birthday: to visit her father’s family in New York. She understands it will be very different to Beavertown, Oregon, the small town she’s grown up in, but can’t wait to explore the big city and get to know her family properly. The trip is eye-opening in lots of ways as she learns more about her father and his childhood, about her family, and even her own history. Renée Watson shows us that families are complicated, that it’s never too late to change or make amends, and that we can all carry on learning even as we grow up. Quiet, though full of drama, and skilfully told, this is a touching and thought-provoking story with well-drawn, engaging characters; a book that will make a real impact on its reader.

Andrea Reece

Some Places More Than Others Synopsis

'Some of the places I am still getting to know, some of these places I have known all my life. All of these places made me, are making me.'

All Amara wants for her birthday is to visit her father's family in New York City - Harlem. She can't wait to finally meet her Grandpa Earl and cousins in person, and to stay in the brownstone where her father grew up. Maybe this will help her understand her family - and herself - in a new way. But New York City is not exactly what Amara thought it would be. It's noisy, crowded, confusing, and her cousins can be mean. Plus her father is too busy working to spend time with her and too angry to fix his relationship with Grandpa Earl. Amara can't help wondering, even if she does discover more about where she came from, will it help her know where she belongs?

Some Places More Than Others Reader Reviews

In addition to our LoveReading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

I liked this book. The story is about Amara, a 12-year-old girl who wants to find out more about her family history in New York City. Full review

James McNichol (Age 9)

A heartwarming read about broken families and finding out you belong. Full review

Amatullah Khatun (Age 9)

The story is one of a journey of discovery and revelations. The book is a lovely insight into family dynamics and how our family and culture shape the way we are. A lovely, sensitively written and interesting read. Full review

Rosie Watch (Teacher Reviewer)

This was a joy to read . I am very excited about what this writer will write next . Full review

Edel Waugh Salisbury

It made me feel I was living in New York! Full review

Gwen Marsh (Age 9)

A heart-warming, positive story about the importance of family and identity. A girl called Amara is determined to visit her father’s family and heal the broken relationship between her Dad and his father. Full review

Ross O’Gorman (Age 13)

Some Places More Than Others Press Reviews

Praise for Piecing Me Together;

An important and deeply moving novel - John Green, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Fault in our Stars

Watson, with rhythm and style, somehow gets at ... the life-changing power of voice and opportunity, all wrapped up in Jade - Jason Reynolds, author of Long Way Down

Timely and timeless - Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming

A timely, nuanced, and unforgettable story - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Teeming with compassion and insight - Publishers Weekly, starred review

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526613684
Publication date: 5th September 2019
Author: Renee Watson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Adventure Stories, Family / Home Stories, General Fiction

About Renee Watson

RENEE WATSON is the acclaimed author of the teen novel, This Side of Home, and two picture books: Harlem's Little Blackbird and A Place Where Hurricanes Happen, which was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Her middle grade novel, What Momma Left Me debuted as an ABA New Voices Pick. She lives in New York City. Follow her on Instagram Photo credit: Shawnte Sims

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