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Children's Fiction Fantasy & Magic

No Place Like Home

by (author) Linh S. Nguyen

Inkyard Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2023
Fantasy & Magic, Emigration & Immigration, General, Friendship
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    Publish Date
    Mar 2023
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2023
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    Publish Date
    Nov 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 5 to 12


For fans of Inkheart and The Land of Stories, a sweeping, timeless middle grade fantasy about reclaiming and redefining home

Lan is caught between two countries, and neither one feels quite like home.

A recent immigrant to Canada from Vi?t Nam, Lan is lonely in the basement apartment she shares with her dad. Her mom and little brother are still in Vi?t Nam, and she misses them so much. Her books are the only things that bring her comfort.

No one is more surprised than Lan when a mysterious wind whisks her right into the pages of her latest fantasy read—and more shocking still is the fact that she summoned the winds herself! Plunged into the magical world of Silva, Lan learns she is a budding witch with the power to help Annabelle and Marlow, the very characters she’d just been reading about, save their home.

As Lan faces off against tree guardians, moving corn mazes, heart-eaters, and thoughtless kings, she finds that Silva is not so different from Toronto: new homes can be messy, wherever they are. Now, torn between several places at once, Lan confronts an important question: how do you redefine a lost home?

About the author

LINH S. NGUYỄN is a Vietnamese immigrant to Canada who straddles many intersecting worlds. Her stories revolve around home, liminality and living between cultures. She graduated from the University of Toronto as an English major and went on to pursue her master’s in Arts, Creativity and Education at the University of Cambridge. She loves to ride horses, swim in the ocean and design creative, community-engaged programming to foster opportunities for under-represented artists. No Place Like Home is Linh S. Nguyễn’s debut novel.

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