Long Distance


Might events at the camp to which her dads have sent Vega reveal her friendship with Halley is not so strong? After all, the move from Portland to Seattle is enough to fracture most relationships. However, Vega is determined to keep in touch with her BFF, even if calling doesn’t work and she’s forced to write.

However, it isn’t only the lack of signal that’s aggravating about camp, nor Qwerty’s constant talking. Nor is it Gemma’s rock hunting or Isaac’s nervousness. There is something peculiar about George Washington, aside from the fact that he is the model for the camp. He’s desperate to bond with the other campers, form friendships, although he’s highly critical of Quan (Qwerty). Then there are the heavy pinecones, the unfamiliar rocks that Gemma discovers, the routine, automatic expressions from the camp counsellors. What is going on?

Long Distance is a really inventive, curious and satisfying graphic novel with such a great message at its heart. Bookwagon is delighted to recommend this title to our middle grade readers.

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Long Distance

Whitney Gardner

(Simon & Schuster)

Vega’s Dads have moved the family from Portland to Seattle. While she feels she doesn’t need any new friends, for her best friend is in Portland and their relationship is strong, her fathers are not so sure. That’s why they enrol her in a camp programme. However, Vega is suspicious from the start. It seems the other campers are either too loud, like ‘Qwerty’, or wedded to their own relationship, like brother and sister Isaac and Gemma. Then there’s George Washington, who is not only the model camper from the programme’s advertisements, but a constant, buzzing presence enthusing them about friendships.
Although Vega is determined to maintain her Long Distance friendship with Halley, it seems there is no phone signal. What’s more she’s resistant to opportunities to bond with the other campers. However as things about camp take a distinctly peculiar shape, from heavy pine cones, to the lack of sky, the campers begin to suspect something is amiss. However, what happen when they begin to investigate? Is it true that the Pacific Northwest offers no skies for Vega to explore, or rocks for Gemma to survey? Then again, what is really going on with George Washington?
Like Jukebox, Long Distance is a graphic novel that explores beyond the boundaries of its settings. However, this takes us into other dimensions too! However, at its heart is a thoughtful message of friendship and acceptance, difference and loyalty. Bookwagon is impressed and enthused by Long Distance and recommends this title to our middle grade readers.


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