by Elizabeth Yates

Tackles tough subjects

Rated 5 out of 5
September 11, 2020

It is a high school book with adult themes. Themes of racism, prostitution, poverty, suicide, gossip, foster children, one person making a difference. It is done very well and nothing is explicit – but it does tackle some of the harder topics in life. It is a very good book. While it may have been the place I was at in my life that made it so memorable, I will read it again. I listened to it while on the way to see my sister who had just attempted suicide and the recent blm activity had just started across the country. It helped me see and understand things in a different way as I bawled my way across I-80. Tearing up now thinking about it.


Love is powerful

Rated 5 out of 5
March 15, 2020

I enjoyed this story a lot. It was very uplifting and showed that even when hard things happen, love is powerful, one person can make a huge difference in someone’s life, and teaching children can be worrisome and wonderful. I came to love Mary, and her example of bringing good into so many lives.

Sara S.

An insightful story about Love

Rated 5 out of 5
December 17, 2019

An insightful story about love. Love of learning, love for a child, the love of family, romantic love, love for your fellow men, and more. Totally worth a read!

Heather Law

Loved this

Rated 5 out of 5
December 17, 2019

This book was charming. It tackles some big topics and makes the reader feel as if they are a part of Nearby, New England.


Nearby is inspiring and uplifting. I highly recommend it!

Rated 5 out of 5
October 9, 2019

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!

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Level 11

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

334 pages

Clean language version

Available on Audible

This book is available for Audible at Amazon.com.

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