The Miles Between

The Miles Between

by Mary E. Pearson
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Overview

The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson

Destiny Faraday makes a point of keeping her distance from her classmates at Hedgebrook Academy. Her number-one rule: Don't get attached. But one day, unexpectedly finding a car at their disposal, Destiny and three of her classmates embark on an unauthorized road trip.

They're searching for one fair day—a day where the good guy wins and everything adds up to something just and right. Their destination: Langdon, a town that Destiny's unsuspecting companions hope will hold simply a day of fun. But, as Destiny says, "Things are not always what they seem." Only she knows that Langdon holds far more than that—a deep secret she has never shared with anyone.

The Miles Between explores the wonder and magic of a very real world where chance, mystery, and secrets abound.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429927635
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 772,779
Lexile: HL650L (what's this?)
File size: 237 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Mary E. Pearson is the author of bestselling, award-winning novels for teens. The Miles Between was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, and The Adoration of Jenna Fox was listed as a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, an IRA Young Adult Choice, NYPL Stuff for the Teen Age, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She is also the author of A Room on Lorelei Street, David v. God, and Scribbler of Dreams.

Pearson studied at Long Beach State University and San Diego State University. She writes full-time from her home in Carlsbad, California, where she lives with her husband and two dogs.


Mary E. Pearson is the author of bestselling, award-winning novels for teens. The Miles Between was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, and The Adoration of Jenna Fox was listed as a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, an IRA Young Adult Choice, NYPL Stuff for the Teen Age, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She is also the author of A Room on Lorelei Street, David v. God, and Scribbler of Dreams. Pearson studied art at Long Beach State University, and worked as an artist before earning her teaching credential at San Diego State University. She writes full-time from her home in Carlsbad, California, where she lives with her husband and two dogs.

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The Miles Between 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Coincidence, fate, destiny - how much of our lives do these control? Destiny Faraday believes these powers have been in control of her life since the day she turned seven. Destiny is now seventeen; in fact, it is October 19th, her birthday. She pulls herself out of her bed at Hedgebrook Academy as a fellow boarding school student calls out "Breakfast, Des." At breakfast, she sits with the usual people and eats the same lumpy oatmeal the cook churns out every day. Will this day be the same as any other day, or could this day somehow be different? It turns out that quite a bit about this day will be different, and yet just the same. Later that morning, Destiny stumbles across a beautiful, pink convertible idling on the school grounds. The car offers the possibility of adventure and perhaps a chance to prove something to the parents she feels have abandoned her in various boarding schools for the past ten years. When Destiny spies Seth hiding out to avoid trash duty, she asks if he drives. When the answer is yes, they hop in the car and cautiously head toward the main gate. This is the first of a long line of coincidences that will take Destiny on the roadtrip of her life. Joined by two other students, Mira and Aidan, Destiny and Seth turn in the direction of Langdon some two-and-a-half hours away. Along the way they encounter some odd situations. They rescue a little lamb wandering in the roadway, and Seth promptly names him Lucky. When the gas supply begins to dwindle, a quick check of their finances reveals nothing but empty pockets until they check the glove compartment and discover a thick packet of $100 bills. Many other strange and unusual happenings fill their day until they finally arrive in Langdon. Destiny confesses to her travel companions that this is her home and that today is the day she wants to confront her parents about her feelings of abandonment. With promises to support her, her classmates rally as the joyous adventure suddenly turns more serious. THE MILES BETWEEN is the story of a girl searching for answers. So much in her short life has gone wrong, with coincidence as the only explanation, and now she seems ready to face the fears she has lived with for so long. Mary E. Pearson weaves together an amazing and tragic tale as she turns four acquaintances into true friends. The range of emotions packed into this novel will take readers from laughter to tears and everything in between. This is a must-read due out this September.
SoaringLove More than 1 year ago
I love this book... Des and her friends go on such an amazing journey together! I'm so jealous of their fabulous friendships! What happens is: Des (main charactor) wish's for "one fair day" and she, unknowingly, gets her wish. She finds a car with the engine running and the driver's side door open. So she grabs her "friend" (more like accuantance) so he can drive her... Soon though, Mira and Aiden join her. They go through many triles and adventures all together... The Miles Between is amazing... I laughed, I cried, and I hurried to the end. Totally Extreme
Loves_Echo More than 1 year ago
okay so this book wasn't totally realistic...at least not in the exact ways that were used in the book...but weird things could just happen to happen...all at the same time on one day. I think the overall idea was awesome and fun and this book was unexpectedly suspensful!! not boring at all...made me bust out laughing at the baboon heart thing ;) Mary E. Pearson has quickly become one of my favorite authors. She writes about origional topics and her plots are always way cool. This book was particularly emotion for me in the second half...i finished it too quickly but I would (and will) deff read it again and again!
Booktastic More than 1 year ago
This elegantly written book has so much packed into it. It has they mystery of Destiny's backstory, the power of friendship, a fabulous roadtrip and a sheep! I was drawn into the story with the excellent writing, the great characters, and the idea of one truly "fair" day when the good guys win. It was hilarious, poignant, and so ultimately satisfying that as soon as I finished reading it I wanted to pick it back up and read it all over again. One I would definitely recommend, with nothing objectionable about it even for younger readers, say, 10 and up.
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MissPrint More than 1 year ago
October 19 is not going to be a good day. For some people this would be an educated guess. For Destiny Faraday it is a bleak statement of fact. It is also part of why she tries so hard to never get attached. To anything or anyone. October 19 has never been a good day for Des, which is why she crumples the day's calendar page before the day has even started. What was supposed to be a throw away day suddenly turns into something else. Thanks to an encounter with an odd stranger and the sudden appearance of a car, Destiny and three of her classmates start a road trip searching for one fair day--a day where the good guy wins and everything adds up to something just right. Which might be what will change everything in The Miles Between (2009) by Mary E. Pearson. Destiny is a broken, lonely character at the start of The Miles Between. Part road trip, part coming of age, this is the story of Des' one fair day but also her own, literal and figurative, journey to healing. Pearson maintains a sense of wonder throughout this story to temper Destiny's harsh reality and elevates what could have been a merely maudlin story to a charming, magically complex one filled with surprises where everything really does add up. Destiny and her wacky classmates (Destiny does not waste time making friends) are lovable and utterly tangible as characters. Possible Pairings: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson, The View From Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg, Stealing Henry by Carolyn MacCullough, Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli, Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author. I love all the twists and turns. She writes extremely well and I can't wait start another book by her.
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Loved it
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I went through so many different emotions in this book and it absolutely amazed me. Recommed
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Maya Dorn More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to anyone who knows how to read. It was fantastic! Maybe there is such thing as a fair day.