Friday, September 15, 2017

No Place Like Home Book Review

Top Five Reasons You Should Read No Place Like Home, 
by Dee Romito:
1. Kenzie, the spunky main character who auditions for the school musical, runs for vice-president of her class, and organizes a school ice skating party.

 2. Kenzie’s dad, a VIP who scores the best hotel rooms, room service, and travel adventures a girl could ask for.

3. The Wizard of Oz—the best musical ever, and an awesome metaphor for what Kenzie needs—a place to call home.

4. A cute boy, a not-so-nice drama diva, and a middle school cafeteria where vocal performances are a regular thing.

5. Tons of heart, true friendships, and the feeling that home means a little bit more than just a place on a map.

No Place Like Home is fast-paced, full of adventure, and heartwarming. Middle grade readers, especially girls, will relate to Kenzie’s need to fit in and belong.  Here’s the full synopsis:

Kenzie Rhines doesn’t have a home—she has too many. Her dad’s job keeps the two of them flying around the country, which means “home” is whatever fancy hotel they’re currently staying in and “school” takes place 30,000 miles in the air. Kenzie loves the constant adventures, but she wouldn’t mind planting her feet in one place for longer than two seconds. When Kenzie’s dad surprises her with the news that they’ll be in Las Vegas for an extended business trip, she’s thrilled he wants to enroll her in a local middle school. For the first time in her life, Kenzie decides to take some risks: tell a cute boy she likes him, audition for the school musical, The Wizard of Oz, and run for vice-president of her class. But what Kenzie doesn’t tell her new friends or teachers is that she’ll only be in school for six weeks. When Kenzie starts to get what she’s always wanted, things get complicated. How can she play a part in the musical or serve as a class officer if she’s leaving—forever?

No Place Like Home hits shelves 9/19/17.

About the Author:

Dee Romito is an author and former elementary teacher. Her middle-grade debut, The BFF Bucket List, is available from Simon & Schuster/Aladdin with Best. Night. Ever., No Place Like Home, and The Italy List to follow in 2017 and 2018. She blogs about writing at I Write for Apples, where she and her team share tips to help fellow writers. Dee is also co-advisor of the Buffalo-Niagara Children’s Writers and Illustrators. You can visit her website at