Out at Home: A Novel

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The next pitch whipped toward me so fast, I could barely see it. I swung blindly, feeling the contact clear down to my feet. Vaguely aware of wild cheering in the background, my body blasted into automatic. Two steps from first, I saw it . . . I had whacked the ball over that fence—an automatic home run!

It might take him all season, but Dakota is determined to become the best player on the team. Then, maybe his dad will be proud of him . . . ...

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Overview

The next pitch whipped toward me so fast, I could barely see it. I swung blindly, feeling the contact clear down to my feet. Vaguely aware of wild cheering in the background, my body blasted into automatic. Two steps from first, I saw it . . . I had whacked the ball over that fence—an automatic home run!

It might take him all season, but Dakota is determined to become the best player on the team. Then, maybe his dad will be proud of him . . . and maybe he will come home.

“In Out at Home I really learned a lot about forgiveness, especially during difficult situations. This is a good story about how God can change someone’s heart.”

—Alexander Schwartz
Age 11

Jeannie St. John Taylor, the author of multiple books, lives with her husband of nearly thirty years on a small working farm in the middle of Portland, Oregon. A professional artist, Jeannie is also a mother and former teacher with a masters degree. In her spare time, she works as a private investigator for her husband's financial investigation company.

When his parents separate, thirteen-year-old Dakota will do anything to bring his father home, from trying to become a baseball star to attending church services, but nothing is working and most of his efforts are leading to big trouble.

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Editorial Reviews

The Whispered Watchword
"Out at Home is a raw, honest look at divorce and its effect on kids. The story is told in the first person and Dakota, the main character, is really rocked by his father's leaving. He grows bitter and gets into some nasty trouble. He blames his mother for the break up and treats her with disgust. And even though Dakota really loves his father, the man's a selfish superficial jerk...Jeannie St. John Taylor brilliantly captures Dakota's voice...and his pain. Dakota's a real kid...insecure, very much NOT the athlete...yet spunky, capable, and likeable."
CBA Marketplace
Readers feel Dakota's confusion and pain as he meets his dad's new girlfriend. In the following weeks, Dakota no longer see his dad as the hero he once was, and instead looks to his Heavenly Father for approval. A lesson in divine forgiveness prevails as Dakota mends relationships with his mother and big sister. Girls would relate to the book as much as boys, as it deals with the all-too-common feelings children experience during family strife.
— Michael Anderson
WIN-Informer
"It might take him all season, but Dakota Anderson is determined to become the best player on the team. Then, maybe his dad will be proud of him. . . . and maybe he will come home."
WIN Informer
It might take him all season, but Dakota Anderson is determined to become the best player on the team. Then, maybe his dad will be proud of him. . . . and maybe he will come home.
CBA Marketplace - Michael Anderson
"Readers feel Dakota's confusion and pain as he meets his dad's new girlfriend. In the following weeks, Dakota no longer see his dad as the hero he once was, and instead looks to his Heavenly Father for approval. A lesson in divine forgiveness prevails as Dakota mends relationships with his mother and big sister. Girls would relate to the book as much as boys, as it deals with the all-too-common feelings children experience during family strife."
CBA Marketplace
"Readers feel Dakota's confusion and pain as he meets his dad's new girlfriend. In the following weeks, Dakota no longer see his dad as the hero he once was, and instead looks to his Heavenly Father for approval. A lesson in divine forgiveness prevails as Dakota mends relationships with his mother and big sister. Girls would relate to the book as much as boys, as it deals with the all-too-common feelings children experience during family strife."
— Michael Anderson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825437243
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeannie St. John Taylor, the author of multiple books, lives with her husband of thirty years on a small working farm in the middle of Portland, Oregon. A professional artist, as well as a mother and former teacher with a master's degree, Jeannie is uniquely qualified to craft children's books. In her spare time, she works as a private investigator for her husband's financial investigation company.

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