Never That Far

by Carol Lynch Williams

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After her grampa dies, the last place Libby expects to see him is sitting on the edge of her bed. But that's what happens the night after the funeral.

Even more surprising is that Grampa has three important things to tell her: first, that she isn't alone or forgotten—"The dead ain't never that far from the living," he says; second, that she has "the Sight"—the ability to see family members who have died; and third, that there is something special just for her in the lake. Something that could help her and her father—if she can find it.

Libby and Grampa try to help her father heal from his grief, but it will take all of Libby's courage and her gift of Sight to convince her father that the dead are never truly gone.

Never That Far is set in the lush, rural landscape of central Florida and is a story that celebrates friendship, hope, and the power of family love.

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Size5.5 x 7.75
PublishedShadow Mountain 2018
Audiobook NarratorErin Spencer
Audiobook RuntimeApproximately 3.5 hrs.

About the Author

Carol Lynch Williams

Carol Lynch Williams, who grew up in Florida and now lives in the West, is an award-winning novelist with five daughters and one grandson. She has an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College, and she won the prestigious PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship. The Chosen One was named one of the AKA's Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and Best Books for Young Adult Readers and was featured on numerous lists of recommended YA fiction. Carol's other novels include Messenger, Glimpse, Miles from Ordinary, The Haven, Waiting, and the Just in Time series.

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(based upon 5 reviews)

Touched my heart
By , Submitted on 2018-08-09

This book touched my heart abd sent a message to me that family members who have passed on are closer than we think. Also there is always hope for someone to gain spiritual understanding. I loved how the book flowed and the personality of this young girl. I can't wait to read more from Carol.

loved ones are never that far away, even when they are no longer with us on earth!
By , Submitted on 2018-05-02

I am going to take a different approach to this review than normal. More than tell you about the book, I want to tell you what this book did for me.

I have always believed that those who have died are close by. My father use to tell us all the time that when babies are smiling at "nothing" they are smiling at those on the other side who are watching out for us. I loved that. I loved the thought that I wasn't the only one watching out for my family while here on earth.

This book also made me consider how much harder it would be for me to loose someone close to me, if I believed that, that was it. This little book showed me that no matter how long someone has been gone they are always right here with me.

This is a good book to read with someone who has lost someone recently or is going to be loosing someone. Help them understand that even though they are not here, and it hurts, they are really never gone.

I know it sounds so cliche, but it's so true. We can always carry those we love with us in our hearts, minds, and actions. It's such a calming feeling.

This is such a sweet story about a girl trying so hard to help her father realize that life doesn't have to be as hard as he is making it out to be, if he would just accept that there is help from the other side.

By , Submitted on 2018-04-19

3.5 Stars

Libby has lost everyone in her family except her father, and they're both full of grief. Never That Far is Libby's journey in trying to get her father to believe that their dead loved ones are never that far away. He needs that comfort so he can be happy again, and be there for Libby.

Never That Far is an interesting read. It has a lot of heart and a good message about the importance of family and faith. I liked Libby a lot, and her friend Bobby. It is so nice (and important) to have friends that are on the same page as us, that we can count on and trust, especially when we might not be getting that at home.

It is a quick and clean read.

*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

By , Submitted on 2018-04-19

This was a very interesting read. I felt like it was a good way to show children how deal with the death of a loved one, however, I had a hard time with the way the characters spoke. It could have been because I was tired, but it felt like I had to translate in my head what they were saying at times. It is a good, clean read that most people would love.

Fun middle grade book that the kids in your life will love!
By , Submitted on 2018-04-12

I enjoyed this book! I liked Libby. She’s just a young girl and things are hard when her grandpa dies. She had a dad, but her grandpa was the one that did everything with her and for her. I was just as surprised as she was when he started visiting her at night. She was able to hug him and be near him and he gave her an assignment. Find what he’d left for her near the lake.

Finding what he’d left for her becomes all consuming for Libby. She tries to tell those around her about her grandpa’s visit, but no one believes her. It doesn’t matter to her what her dad thinks or what her friends Bobby and Martha think. She knows that she has to find it and she has to find it before school starts.

Libby’s trying to find her treasure gets her into all kinds of trouble. Her dad gets mad at her. She maybe even loses a friend and her life. I loved the way the author wrote the whole story through Libby’s eyes. Libby never really sees the danger she’s in.

The plot of this one is full of great things, adventure, ghostly appearances, danger, and good friends. It’s a great middle grade book that the kids in your life will love.

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