Faraway Things

Faraway Things

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From a bestselling author comes an evocative, classic-feeling adventure tale about a boy and his sword, and how giving away something precious leads to an even more important discovery.
Lucian's father called them faraway things, those mysterious objects orphaned upon the windswept shore, their stories long lost in the shroud of ocean fog. Lucian's discovery on the beach this particular day, though, is no ordinary faraway thing. It's a cutlass: strong, shiny, and powerful. As its history comes to light, Lucian faces a choice: cling to the sword he loves or accept a gift that shines farther, wider, and deeper than he could have ever dreamed.
Stunningly illustrated with evocative art by Kelly Murphy and written by award-winning and bestselling writer Dave Eggers, here is a profound and resonant tale about the reward of letting go.

Author: Dave Eggers
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: 06/08/2021
Pages: 40
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.00lbs
Size: 10.40h x 10.20w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9780316492195
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
School Library Journal 01/01/2021 pg. 56
Publishers Weekly 04/12/2021
Kirkus Reviews 04/15/2021
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 06/01/2021
Horn Book Magazine 07/01/2021 pg. 73
Booklist 07/01/2021 pg. 88

About the Author

Dave Eggers is the award-winning and bestselling author of many books, including the National Book Award finalist A Hologram for the King, as well as books for younger readers including Abner & Ian Get Right-Side Up, What Can a Citizen Do?, Her Right Foot, Tomorrow Most Likely, and The Lifters. He is the founder of the independent publishing company McSweeney's, the college-access nonprofit ScholarMatch, and 826 Valencia, a writing center for young people in San Francisco.


Kelly Murphy has illustrated a number of acclaimed books for children, including the New York Times bestseller and recipient of the E. B. White Read Aloud Award Masterpiece by Elise Broach and Together We Grow by Susan Vaught. Raised in the swamps of southern New England, she occasionally made her way to the nearby ocean, where she found her own faraway things. Kelly currently lives in Providence and teaches at her alma mater, Rhode Island School of Design.