A Kind of Paradise (Hardcover)

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Cheri's July 2019 pick, 2 of 3

Do you know what “Spine Poetry’ is? Well, I didn’t until I read A Kind of Paradise. This book is my #1 pick for youth fiction summer reading. This story is an uplifting read from start to finish, full of wonderful characters and a little heartbreak, but mostly it is a self affirming story about growing through your mistakes.


Jamie made a big mistake at the end of her school year. So big that she was assigned community service at the local library. Jamie is dreading this hijacking of her summer. But, Jamie soon finds acceptance and purpose, as well as the support to face her choices and become a better person for it. This is a story well worth reading. Enjoy.

— From Cheri


Read the book that Ali Standish (author of The Ethan I Was Before) calls "a heartwarming story" and Melissa Roske (author of Kat Greene Comes Clean) calls "a joyful, heartfelt debut!"

Thirteen-year-old Jamie Bunn made a mistake at the end of the school year. A big one. And every kid in her middle school knows all about it. Now she has to spend her summer vacation volunteering at the local library—as punishment. What a waste of a summer!

Or so she thinks.

A Kind of Paradise is an unforgettable story about the power of community, the power of the library, and the power of forgiveness.

About the Author

Amy Rebecca Tan is the author of A Kind of Paradise and Summer at Meadow Wood. She currently works in a public library and an independent bookstore. Amy lives in New Jersey with her family. You can visit her online at www.amyrebeccatan.com.

Praise For…

“[A] heartwarming story of redemption, and a celebration of the power communities have to lift us up, help us heal, and shape our dreams.” — Ali Standish, author of The Ethan I Was Before

“An unforgettable tale of friendship, self-acceptance, and the redemptive power of forgiveness—all found within the walls of a quirky, small-town library. A joyful, heartfelt debut!” — Melissa Roske, author of Kat Greene Comes Clean

“If I wasn’t already madly in love with that sacred space known as The Public Library, I would be after reading this celebration of the lives of those who enter its open doors and leave changed forever.” — —Wendy Mass, NYT bestselling author of Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

“A warm homage to libraries, the people who work in them, and their power to affect people’s lives....A charming book.” — Kirkus Reviews

“This middle-grade debut is a heartfelt but quiet love letter to libraries, and a book for book-lovers.” — ALA Booklist

“A good-natured debut that will appeal to young lovers of books and libraries.” — Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062795410
ISBN-10: 0062795414
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: April 30th, 2019
Pages: 304
Language: English