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  • Published: 15 February 2017
  • ISBN: 9780553512458
  • Imprint: RH USA Kids Trade
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $13.99

Going Where It's Dark




From the Newbery Award–winning author of Shiloh comes a middle-grade novel that combines adrenaline-fueled adventure with a poignant coming-of-age story.

Buck Anderson’s life seems to be changing completely. His best friend, David, has moved away; his anxious parents are hounding him more than ever; he has reluctantly agreed to fill in for his uncle and do odd jobs for a grumpy old veteran in town; and his twin sister has a new boyfriend and is never around anymore. To top it all off, Buck is bullied by a group of boys at school—mainly because he stutters.

There is one thing that frees Buck from his worries. It is the heart-pounding exhilaration he feels when exploring underground caves in and around his hometown. He used to go caving with David, but he’s determined to continue on his own now. He doesn’t know that more changes are headed his way—changes that just might make him rethink his view of the world and his place in it.Praise for GOING WHERE IT’S DARK“A well-constructed and well-paced story that will be appreciated by anyone who has ever felt out of place or bullied.” —School Library Journal“Buck’s strength is inspirational, and his family’s love and respect are heartwarming.” —Kirkus Reviews“With characteristic sensitivity, Naylor delivers an engrossing account of a boy’s interior and exterior struggles.” —Publishers Weekly

  • Published: 15 February 2017
  • ISBN: 9780553512458
  • Imprint: RH USA Kids Trade
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $13.99

About the author

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Newbery Medalist Phyllis Reynolds Naylor grew up in Anderson, Indiana, and Joliet, Illinois. She loved to make up stories and write little books when she was growing up, and sold her first story when she was 16 for $4.67.

Naylor worked as a teacher and an editor before she began to write full-time in 1960. She sold her first book for children in 1965.

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland with her husband, Rex who is a speech pathologist. They have two grown sons and four grandchildren.

“I think I wanted to be a writer because my parents read aloud to us every night until we were about 15 years old. They read Grimm’s fairy tales, the Bible storybook, all of Mark Twain’s books, Alice in Wonderland, The Wind in the Willows—and I think I probably felt that if listening to stories was so much fun, writing them would be even better. And it is. I love being involved in the characters and plot and just the whole mess of writing, it’s such a wonderful mess to me.

“I would like readers to develop more tolerance for people who are different, for ideas that are different, to come to realize that sometimes there isn’t just one right way to do something. People see different possibilities in a situation, and the solutions they come up with may be very different.”

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Praise for Going Where It's Dark

"Naylor's signature ability to coax profound truths out of ordinary characters and familiar events shines, and she avoids supplying easy answers. Change is hard. Familial relationships are complicated. And healing takes time. Buck's strength is inspirational, and his family's love and respect are heartwarming."—Kirkus Reviews "Writing with characteristic sensitivity, Naylor delivers an engrossing account of a boy's interior and exterior struggles."—Publishers Weekly "Naylor's novel pulls of a nifty, unusual feat, combining survival in the wilderness with survival in the world of bullies. This is a rare book you could give to readers of Vince Vawter's Paperboy and also fans of survivalist adventures by Gary Paulsen."—Booklist "Naylor offers a well-constructed and well-paced story that will be appreciated by anyone who has ever felt out of place or bullied."—SLJ From the Hardcover edition.

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