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All The Way Home

by Natale Ghent

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list price: $14.99
edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
published: Aug 2006
ISBN:9780002007528
publisher: HarperCollins
imprint: HarperTrophy
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No Small Thing, Natale Ghent's sensitive novel of a boy and his search for love and identity, wowed critics, prize juries and young readers alike. Now All the Way Home picks up whereNo Small Thing ended, with another compelling story of Nat, his family and Smokey, their pony.

    Nat's mom has sold their house so the family wil have enough money to board Smokey at a nearby stable. Although Nat's overjoyed about keeping Smokey, he’s not too sure if the new apartment is going to be like a real home. The move has brought a lot of changes, with Nat’s big sister, Cid, smoking and hanging out with tough new kids. Smokey’s new stable is great, and Queenie, Nat’s little sister, has fallen under the spell of English riding. But not even Smokey can take away Nat’s pain of knowing his father won’t be coming back, as he secretly plays with his dad’s old army rifle, which he found before the move. It’s when Nat’s mother becomes sick and he and his sisters find they may be removed by the social services agency that Nat takes things into his own hands. With Smokey’s help, Nat knows he can find his father.

    Once again, Natale Ghent has written another gem, a book that speaks with the  natural voice of a boy on the brink of young adulthood. Hers are nuanced characters who resonate with young readers, their struggles presented with heart and humour, the story gripping until the last page.

About the Author

Natale Ghent is an award-winning journalist and the author of No Small Thing, also published in the US and the UK, and The Book of Living and Dying, a novel for young adult readers. No Small Thing has been critically acclaimed in Canada and internationally. Nominated for four Canadian children’s choice awards, including the CLA Book of the Year for Children award and the Silver Birch award (Honour Book), No Small Thing was also chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection in the US and a Borders Original Voice. Born in Brookfield, Illinois, Natale Ghent moved to Canada as a small child. She lives with her family in Toronto.

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All the Way Home

All the Way Home, Natale Ghent’s sequel to No Small Thing, continues the adventures of Nat, his family and Smokey, their treasured pony. The story begins with Nat, Cid, Queenie and his mom preparing to move into a small apartment after having sold their house in order to have enough money to keep Smokey. Although Nat is not thrilled about moving into an apartment, his negative feelings are quickly replaced by the fact that the family is able to keep their pony.

As they are packing their belongings, Nat discovers his father’s old army rifle in the basement. All his buried feelings about his father – knowing he won’t be coming back – only enhance the pain of the impending change. In fact, the move to the new apartment creates many changes for the family both positive and negative. Nat’s older sister Cid begins smoking and hanging out with the tough kids. Smokey’s new stable is wonderful and Queenie, Nat’s little sister, has found a riding mentor. They are able to adjust to their new life until Nat’s mother becomes very ill and is hospitalized. When Children’s Aid pays a visit, Nat decides to take matters into his own hands. Nat sets out on a journey, with Smokey’s help, to find his father.

Once again, Natale Ghent has written a novel that will capture the readers’ attention and enable them to feel Nat’s struggles and fears. The story also provides many opportunities for discussion about various social issues and the pressures that are faced by young adults as they mature. All the Way Home is sure to leave the reader wanting more.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Fall 2006. Vol.29 No. 4.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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All the Way Home

After the award-winning No Small Thing, life is different when Nat’s family moves into an apartment. He knows his dad won’t be back, but now Ma is sick, and Nat has to take charge.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

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