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The Boy from Tomorrow

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Beautiful book for young readers. 

A set of sisters, Cassie and Josie make friends with Alec.  Making friends is afterall what children do, but in this care there is 100 years separating the children. The girls are in 1915 while Alec is in the year 2015. The link to communication between them is the address and bedroom where they have all lived and a Ouija "spirit" board.

The story is magical and a fun read. It will be a hit with middle graders.   As an adult it is easy to say I wanted more depth in the characters and their environment but this is a book written for a younger audience, so the complication and reason we look for as adults is not needed. Friendship, determination and optimism are the three top description words that come to mind. 

An enjoyable story with very lovable characters, but there is some uncomfortable content that could be a trigger for some. Good choice for a middle school library.  Very gifted writer who should not be overlooked or passed up. I would love to see this one picked up for a movie.

Thanks go out to NetGalley for the electronic copy in advance of the release, in exchange for an honest review.
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My thanks to NetGalley and Amberjack Publishing for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.

This book was very good and interesting, I enjoyed the characters and the concept of being able to communicate to others in the past or the future.  

However, the use of a "talking board" aka Ouiji board and the other spiritualist things, such as speaking to spirits of the dead were not things of which I was a huge fan.  I am an adult and can read this as the fiction that it is without thinking any of it is true, but that may not be the case for a younger and less certain mind.  

I always recommend that the parents/guardians of a child review the books their child/charge is going to read and decide if the book is appropriate for the child at that time.  I'm not saying ban or never let the child read it, but to know the child and when they can handle the different concepts raised by the book in question.  If you are one of those parents/guardians and you feel your child is not ready to read about the occult yet, then steer clear of this book.

It is written well and I found it to be entertaining, but I can see where some might have an issue with it.  3, recommended with reservations, stars.
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Perfectly fine middle grade reading, especially for those who don't mind a little bit of spookiness. An interesting mystery.
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This is a real gem!

Josie and Alec live in the same house 100 years apart! When they communicate by use of a spirit board they form an unusual friendship. Can the world of fortunetelling and computers co-exist? Is there a more sinister reason for their communication? When Josie and her sister are in grave danger Alec must find a way to help them.

DeAngelis cleverly gives us everything we expect from a time travel story: wonder, peril and suspense, then wraps it all up with just the right amount of history. Add a touch of magic and you have a winner. These characters will stick with readers long after the story is done.

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A wonderfully imaginative and engaging tale with delightful characters. It is a heart-warming story with a bit of sadness. The story is so well-done, it makes you believe that such a thing is a real possibility.
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This was a really enjoyable middle grade book.  I thought the plot was very intriguing and I loved the main characters.  I love books involving time travel and this story featured time travel in a very original way.  The two main characters, Josie and Alec, are able to communicate with each other through time, and they form an impossible and extraordinary friendship that could change both their lives.     

I would definitely recommend this one, especially if you love books involving time travel.
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Very engaging, well-written, thoughtful story for middle grade. The characters were likeable and easy to connect with, and the story was unique. I would recommend this to children interested in fantasy.
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The idea for this story was intriguing, but within a few chapters I found it too dark and creepy for my review website's audience and the intended readers.  Maybe some MG readers who are in the mood for a good creepy time-traveling book will enjoy it, but sadly, I could not recommend it for our readers.
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The Boy from Tomorrow tells about a girl, Josie, and a boy, Alec, who both happen to live or lived at the house on 444 Sparrow Street. They never happened to met because she’s from the past and he’s from the future. Their only means of communication is through a talking board. Both Josie and Alec experience hardships and challenges with their own lives, during different centuries. But setting those aside, their friendship strengthens and they get through life little by little with the company of the other.

The book involves themes of friendship and family which captured my interest because of its representation in the book. It tackles family issues like abuse and divorce. The friendship of the two kids can be clearly seen, especially in their willingness to talk to the other (even if it means getting caught) and to offer advice and support the other needs. Even if you’re centuries apart and you still want to help your friend, now, that’s called real friendship.

There were some chapters and characters which I think were kind of unnecessary. But I understood that maybe it was for clearer context. At first, I found the pace of the book slow but as the chapters dragged on, the pace became better. I knew from the first line of the book that there was something, something that had piqued my interest which could make me attached to the book somehow.

 The writing was nice, not because it was for middle graders, but in all seriousness, the writing was really good. That’s one thing I enjoyed about it. The writing was just simple, clear, and easy to comprehend. I felt like a young girl once again when reading this book. I felt like I was reading the kinds of books I read during my childhood. It was good to reminisce and this book made me did that. The books had a sense of lightness but also, a sense of deepness at the same time and I liked that it wasn’t just at surface level.
I actually had plenty of chances to  read this once I’ve started but I just seem to be always in a book slump whenever I try to read it. I finally had the courage to continue where I left and ended up actually liking the book.

The Boy from Tomorrow is actually quick and heartwarming read that can be for everyone, not just middle-graders. When reading this book, you could feel a whirlwind of emotions for the characters, sympathy, anger, sadness, joy. We could even learn a thing or two from Josie or Alec, to value our past, the present, and future.
Just a lil’ trigger warning and semi-spoiler. There is a chapter involving child abuse. When I read about it, my heart just went soft for Josie and her sister. They don’t deserve to be treated the way they did. No child does.

Note: Thanks a lot to NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book that I enjoyed reading. :>
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Very interesting story, especially for my students. I really like the premise of this one. The cover sure is lovely as well.
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The Boy From Tomorrow is another great read for later elementary school students and middle grade readers who like adventure/mystery/scifi. It has “ghost story” listed as a genre, but I dare say this is less a ghost story as one about jumping through time as a boy in the present communicates with a girl from the past – but both in their own present day. Confused?

This is a dual-timeline story with the characters of Josie and Alec connecting through time via a “talking board” (a ouija board). Josie’s mother is manipulative and horrid, a charlatan of a psychic, and when she discovers the communication between Josie and the future, she forces Alec to provide her with information from the future so she can profit. The book moves along with a steady pace, and the supporting characters offer a little relief to what (at least at the beginning) often had an eerie feel – until the two children figured out just what was going on.

This one kept the pages turning!

I was provided an advanced copy of this book by NetGalley; all opinions are my own.
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The Boy From Tomorrow was such a cute read. I really am glad that I took a chance on this book. This book follows the lives of two characters, Josie Clifford and Alec Frost. They live in the same house, about 100 years later and forge a friendship with a talking board. This was something I have yet to read, it was rather interesting and created a good set up. 

It wasn’t a time travel book, but it feels like it’s trying to be one. I thought the interesting how the friends could communicate even though they were from different time periods, and had time separating them. Like I already said this is such a great storyline. 

The story is told in alternating points between the past and present. The character is Josie is the past, and the character is Alec who is the present. I really enjoyed the glimpses into their lives. I thought the author did a great job of balancing each child having enough time to tell their story. I really enjoyed learning about Josie’s style.  

There are some tough concepts. Mostly the abuse that Josie had to endure. It is always hard to read about children suffering, and it will never get better. It was so well done and wasn’t glamorized. It was just honest and raw. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys middle-grade novels. This would be a great book for a child to explore tougher topics.
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4 out of 5 stars

I am feeling a lot of feelings right now. I am happy and sad all at the same time. I may or may not be crying a tiny bit. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the fact that the characters were all a century apart and they found a friendship anyway. I enjoyed the writing style it was very well done. Although it's a middle grade book it didn't feel like a "typical middle grade" novel with the writing style. I loved the illustrations at the beginning of each chapter. I wanted more from the story at the end though. It was a really sweet ending and I loved it. I thought the title tie in was I didn't like the child abuse aspect, that was absolutely sickening. All in all a solid book.
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*thank you to Netgalley and Amberjack Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

4.5 stars.

Woah. I am blown away by how much I thoroughly enjoyed this! It ticked all the right boxes for me. Middle grade. Time travel. Adventure. Sci fi. This was beautifully written and just one of those stories that you know will stay with you for a really long time. Highly recommend this.
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What a charming book this is! 'The Boy from Tomorrow' depicts the friendship of Alec and Josie, two 12 years old who live in the same house... but 100 years apart. The two get in touch through an Ouija board at first, and then they find other ways of communicating and through that they develop a strong bond. I think this is meant to be a children's story but I very much enjoyed as an adult. In fact, I wonder whether any children reading this book might get a little upset when reading Josie's story and the way her mother treated her children. 

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest and impartial review.
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I loved this book. Its such an easy read, but the story kept me intrigued. The book had a nice flow to it. It was hard to put down. I look forward to what this author writes in the future.
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A pair of 12-year-olds living a century apart in the same home form a friendship. When one of them gets in trouble, the other does everything possible to help despite the hundred-year gap that separates them. Author Camille DeAngelis charms readers with likable characters who share an endearing relationship in the lovely middle grade book The Boy from Tomorrow.

In 1915, Josie Clifford and her younger sister, Cass, live at 444 Sparrow Street in Edwardstown, New York, with their twice-widowed mother, Lavinia. Lavinia makes her living as a medium, even though Josie doesn’t believe her mother can really contact spirits. Josie knows better than to voice her opinion, however. Lavinia lashes out at the kids for the smallest of infractions, so Josie spends most of her time trying to keep Cass out of trouble. The one saving grace is their tutor, Emily, who loves the girls like younger sisters.

In 2015, Alec Frost and his mother have moved into 444 Sparrow Street. Alec’s parents have undergone a bitter divorce, and Alec struggles with the end of his parents’ marriage. Moving to the small town helps; since he was young, Alec has dreamed of leaving the concrete of the city and living in a neighborhood with mature trees. His new house offers him a respite from the city and the domestic troubles between his parents.

One of the most charming aspects of a new-old house for Alec is the possibility for discovery. He finds a Ouija board in a curio cabinet and shows it to his new friends, Danny and Harold. The boys decide to use the board and are shocked when they receive a response from someone who claims to be very much alive.

The board intrigues Alec, and he continues using it. He learns that the person sending him the messages is a 12-year-old girl named Josie who lives in 1915. Despite their hesitancy, the two form a deep friendship.

Josie finds solace in talking to Alec. Lavinia rules the house with an iron fist, and her demands on Josie and Cass make life almost unbearable. When Emily tries to intercede on the girls’ behalf, Lavinia dismisses her and turns her wrath full force on Josie and Cass. Josie shares her hardships with Alec, and he becomes determined to help her. But how do you help someone who lives a whole century before you do?

Author Camille DeAngelis allows for all the whimsy of the science fiction genre and works with panache inside the confines of her story. Alec and Josie come across as realistic characters who just happen to live 100 years apart, and DeAngelis gives them time and space to be surprised and wary of their newfound ability to communicate. That allowance makes their ensuing friendship so much sweeter, and readers will find themselves worrying about Josie and Cass while cheering Alec on in his quest to help them.

Some readers might question the simplistic approach DeAngelis takes to Alec’s life, but that very simplicity allows him to dissolve into the role of hero. DeAngelis juxtaposes Alec’s internal struggles with Josie’s external ones, a masterstroke that gives the book breathing space and an extra dose of reality. That dose makes it even easier to suspend disbelief when it comes to the way Josie and Alec talk to one another.

A few of the story elements might feel a little rushed, and the serendipity that ties into the title might make readers shake their heads. For the most part, however, DeAngelis has a winner of a novel on her hands. I believe The Boy from Tomorrow Borders on Bookmarking it!
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This was sadly a DNF for me. It had nothing to do with the book...not exactly. It was a great premise and I was looking forward to reading it but I couldn't get into. From what I read (about 70%) I would give it three stars. Maybe one day I'll pick this back up!
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This book was wonderful.  A sweet, somehow believable new take on the tired "time travel genre."  Highly recommended!!
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Although this had an interesting premise, and the writing was engaging, I was not the right reader for this story.
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