Home by Mark Ballabon is a wonderful story that makes you think

Home: My Life in the Universe is the first book in a new series by Mark Ballabon. Philosopher, environmentalist and author, Mark has been teaching and writing about personal and spiritual development for over two decades. His previous titles, ‘Why is The Human on Earth and Courting the Future’: Preparing for a Different World, explore issues such as climate change, human life and our future in a visionary and practical way.

14-year-old Leah loves wilderness survival books. In fact, sometimes she wishes she could escape into the wild. Then she could get away from the body image obsession at school and the bullies who pick on her little brother, Aiden. As long as she could still braid her hair, she could definitely survive without home comforts… and she could explore her passion for stargazing.

But alone in the woods one night, Leah’s life is transformed. She has the strangest sensation of gliding across the night sky, among millions of dazzling stars. This profound experience sparks a burning question in Leah that no one seems able to answer.

Desperate to broaden her horizons, Leah challenges herself to attend an international summer camp. Will the people she meets there, from her first love Sean, to formidable climate activist Kayleigh, help Leah find the answer to her question: what is ‘Home’?

Every so often you come across a book that belongs in every high school library in the world. Home is one such book. It’s a wonderful coming of age story. Leah is a character who like us all has questions and tries to find the answers while she is away at an international summer camp.

The illustrations by Grant MacDonald really help to draw the reader into Leah’s universe, even more, giving a true insight into her thoughts and feelings.

If you love books that make you think, regardless of your age, Home is a book you should consider reading.

You can get a copy of Home, here!

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