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Laurel Croza lived near four dam sites when she was a child, moving nine times and attending six schools before she was fourteen.

Her latest book is From There To Here, a sequel to the highly acclaimed debut picture book, I Know Here.

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  From There To HereIn their highly anticipated sequel to I know Here, Laurel Croza and Matt James have once again perfectly captured the experience of a young child who finds hope in the midst of change.

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"Croza’s spare text captures the narrator’s feelings of displacement with poetic immediacy."
- Quill & Quire, *starred review

"Through a series of sensory-steeped, one-on-one contrasts called out and pictured on opposing pages, the girl (who also narrates) comes to realize that “different” is not necessarily “better” or “worse,” and that she herself has the power to make her new surroundings not only acceptable but also satisfying."
- New York Times Book Review

"Readers will come to understand that while 'here' and 'there' are different, different is OK, especially when you have the support of a new friend."
- Publishers Weekly, * starred review

"A low-key, emotionally true approach to a common and usually upsetting childhood experience."
- Kirkus, * starred review

  I Know HereThe little girl in this story knows everything about the place she lives -- her road, her school, the forest where she plays hide-and-seek and where the wolf howls at night, the hill where she goes tobogganing in winter. But when summer comes the family is moving.

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Winner of the 2011 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award

Winner of the 2011 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award

Winner of the 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature: Picture Book

 

"...simple and profound..."
- The New York Times

"Beautiful book - not a single sentence that isn't grounded in specific and resonant detail... a poem for the heart"
- Wayson Choy

 
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