This Was Our Pact

This Was Our Pact

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A 2019 Booklist Editor's Choice
A 2019 Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year
A 2019 Parents Magazine Best Children's Books of the Year

Ryan Andrews's This Was Our Pact is an astonishing, magical-realist adventure story for middle-grade readers.

It's the night of the annual Autumn Equinox Festival, when the town gathers to float paper lanterns down the river. Legend has it that after drifting out of sight, they'll soar off to the Milky Way and turn into brilliant stars, but could that actually be true? This year, Ben and his classmates are determined to find out where those lanterns really go, and to ensure success in their mission, they've made a pact with two simple rules: No one turns for home. No one looks back.

The plan is to follow the river on their bikes for as long as it takes to learn the truth, but it isn't long before the pact is broken by all except for Ben and (much to Ben's disappointment) Nathaniel, the one kid who just doesn't seem to fit in.

Together, Nathaniel and Ben will travel farther than anyone has ever gone, down a winding road full of magic, wonder, and unexpected friendship*.

*And a talking bear.

Author: Ryan Andrews
Publisher: First Second
Published: 06/11/2019
Pages: 336
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.50lbs
Size: 8.50h x 6.10w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9781626720534
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 3
Point Value: 2
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 503713 / This Was Our Pact


Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 04/15/2019 pg. 91
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 06/01/2019
Publishers Weekly 05/13/2019
School Library Journal 06/01/2019 pg. 76
Booklist 06/01/2019 pg. 59
Horn Book Magazine 11/01/2019 pg. 83
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2019 - Superior,Well Above Average