The Boy from Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis
Middle Grade, Children’s Fiction
Amberjack Publishing – May 8, 2018
Josie and Alec both live at 444 Sparrow Street. They sleep in the same room, but they’ve never laid eyes on each other. They are twelve years old but a hundred years apart.
The children meet through a handpainted spirit board—Josie in 1915, Alec in 2015—and form a friendship across the century that separates them. But a chain of events leave Josie and her little sister Cass trapped in the house and afraid for their safety, and Alec must find out what’s going to happen to them. Can he help them change their future when it’s already past?
The Boy from Tomorrow is a tribute to classic English fantasy novels like Tom’s Midnight Garden and A Traveller in Time. Through their impossible friendship, Alec and Josie learn that life can offer only what they ask of it
Josie and Alec both live in the same house — 444 Sparrow Street — but have never seen each other. That’s because Josie lives in 1915 while Alec lives in 2015. Both being twelve years old, they become friends, communicating through an Ouija board that belongs to Josie’s mother. Josie’s mother never lets Josie or her sister Cass out of the house, leaving the girls afraid for their safety. Alec searches through libraries and archives to find out what is going to happen to the girls in order to help them change their future.
When you think of time travel, you generally think of the future, not the past, but this story was refreshingly different. The Boy from Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis is a story about a friendship formed across a century of time. The author did a great job of merging the two time periods and making the story believable. You could feel the emotions of every character as they were going through their own family issues and how they cared for one another. This story was done beautifully and tugged at my heart on more than one occasion.
While this book may be more geared toward children, I really enjoyed reading it and I loved the characters and the friendship that they shared. My heart broke for Josie and Cass because of the way their mother treated them. I feel like the girls being able to talk to Alec helped them develop the courage they needed to get away from their mother. The only thing I didn’t like about the book is that Alec’s family situation could have been included more.
Like I said before, this book is probably geared more toward children, but I think anyone with a love of good stories, time travel, and friendships will enjoy reading this book.
Thank you, NetGalley and Amberjack Publishing for this Advanced Reader Copy in return for an honest review.