This book kept me wanting to know more and more until I was finished with the book! There were many hard and sad issues brought up in the book (prostitution, suicide, slandering people’s names, discrimination, etc…), but they didn’t drag me down, nor were they glossed over. I felt so inspired throughout the entire book. There are so many beautiful metaphors in the book as well as messages that made me want to be better and do better. I love this book!
This warm, inspiring story—set in a rural New England village called Nearby—is brought to life through the eyes of Mary, the new teacher who devotes herself to changing prejudices and lifting her students’ minds and hearts to a higher place. With beautiful description, award-winning author Elizabeth Yates weaves a complex plot packed with endearing characters and powerful messages.
“Nearby is a wonderful example of literature that can address deep, mature issues—such as prostitution, suicide, neglect, and lust versus love—in a way that is not overly descriptive or dark, maintaining an underlying feeling of light and hope. Especially for older teenagers and adults, this clean language version of Nearby is a deeply inspiring book with one of the most beautiful, feel-good endings to a book I have ever read.” –Jenny Phillips
Clean language version
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