Here in the Real World


Author: Sara Pennypacker

9780008371692 | PB | pp. 320 | 2020 | HarperCollins Publishers

Ware wants nothing more that to be in his own dream world. Jolene wants to live in the ‘real one’ but when their refuge is threatened they must join forces.

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Ware can’t wait to spend summer ‘off in his own world’ and generally being left alone. But then his parents sign him up for dreaded Rec camp, where he must endure Meaningful Social Interaction and whatever activities so-called ‘normal’ kids do.

On his first day Ware meets Jolene, a tough, secretive girl planting a garden in the rubble of an abandoned church next to the camp. Soon Ware starts skipping Rec, creating a castle-like space of his own in the church lot.

Jolene scoffs, calling him a dreamer – he doesn’t live in the ‘real world’ like she does. As different as Ware and Jolene are, though, they have one thing in common: for them, the lot is a refuge. And when their sanctuary is threatened, Ware vows to save the lot.

But what does a hero look like in real life? And what can two misfit kids do?

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Sara Pennypacker




HarperCollins Publishers





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About the Author

The author has written several books for children. These include the Clementine series, Summer of the Gypsy Moths, Pierre in Love, Sparrow Girl and The Amazing World of Stuart. She has also contributed four books to the venerable Flat Stanley series.She divides her time between Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Florida.


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