Academic journal article Language Arts

My Diary from the Edge of the World

Academic journal article Language Arts

My Diary from the Edge of the World

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My Diary from the Edge of the World Written by Jodi Lynn Anderson Aladdin, 2015, 432 pp., ISBN 978-1-442-48387-3

Twelve-year-old Gracie lives in a world both like and unlike ours-a world where "nothing terrible or exciting ever happens . . . . [o]nly baseball games and lying on the grass . . . collecting earthworms in the puddles after rain or hunting for dragon scales in the fall" (p. 9). In Gracie's world, dragons, vampires, ghosts, and sasquatches live alongside ordinary humans who live in regular houses, shop at T. J. Maxx, and eat at McDonald's. But something terrible does happen to Gracie: a dark cloud, a harbinger of death, appears in the sky above her backyard. Gracie's weatherman dad studies the cloud with trepidation and decides to take drastic measures. Dad has long been a muchlaughed-at believer in the Extraordinary World, a parallel dimension where magic does not exist, proffering quantum physics-based descriptions of its existence. …

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