July 2008 Indie Next List
“Lovely and warm as a summer breeze, this novel about growing up has a timeless, dreamlike quality and is full of quirky characters and misunderstandings. Twelve-year-old Jane's adventures are hilarious and sad, and, at tale's end, they are only just beginning.”
— Joanne R. Fritz, Chester County Book & Music Company, West Chester, PA
THE WINNER OF a National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, and countless other awards has written her richest, most spirited book yet, filled with characters that readers will love, and never forget.
Jane is 12 years old, and she is "ready "for adventures, to move beyond the world of her siblings and single mother and their house by the sea, and step into the know-not what. And, over the summer, adventures do seem to find Jane, whether it's a thrilling ride in a hot-air balloon, the appearances of a slew of possible fathers, or a weird new friendship with a preacher and psychic wannabe. Most important, there's Jane's discovery of what lies at the heart of all great adventures: that it's not what happens "to "you that matters, but what you learn about yourself.
And don't miss Polly Horvath's "Northward to the Moon, "the sequel to "My One Hundred Adventures."
"From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Polly Horvath is the author of many books for young people, including "Everything on a Waffle", "The Pepins and Their Problems", "The Canning Season" and "The Trolls". Her numerous awards include the Newbery Honor, the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature, the Mr. Christie Award, the international White Raven, and the Young Adult Canadian Book of the Year. Horvath grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She attended the Canadian College of Dance in Toronto and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York City. She has taught ballet, waitressed, done temporary typing, and tended babies, but while doing these things she has always also written. Now that her children are in school, she spends the whole day writing, unless she sneaks out to buy groceries, lured away from her desk by the thought of fresh Cheez Whiz. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and two daughters.
Starred Review, Booklist, June 1, 2008:
“Unconventionality is Horvath’s stock and trade, but here the high quirkiness quotient rests easily against Jane’s inner story with its honest, childlike core.”
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2008:
"[A] witty, wise and wonderful novel."
Review, Parenting Magazine, September 2008:
"[T]his tale's full of sweetly memorable moments."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, September 2008:
"This is Horvath's most luminescent, beautifully written novel yet."
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, August 25, 2008:
"[T]his quietly captivating novel marks a new course for National Book Award-winner Horvath."