Author: Camille DeAngelis
Published: May 21, 2019 (Paperback)
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Middle Grade
Imagine feeling alone and wanting a friend to share your day and secrets with. That was exactly how young Josie felt. Even though she had her younger sister, Cassie, and her tutor, Emily, she wanted to experience what it would be like to have someone that she could relate to. In this refreshing and non-horrifying supernatural tale, The Boy from Tomorrow brings you on a journey with Josie as she meets her new friend from the future, Alec, through a ouija or talking board while also weaving in important and real topics that need to be discussed.
This story was very easy to read, but it was written in a way that you didn’t want to put it down. Being able to compare and contrast two different centuries, two different lives, and to see the magic that brings two young children help each other through their struggles. It was interesting to follow their lives and their creativity in figuring out different ways to communicate with each other. But it was also heart-wrenching to read as Josie and Cassie’s famous psychic mother abused and mistreated them.
Reading this book made me think about the after-life and gave me an interesting perspective, that once we die, we are no longer tied down to a certain place or time. Our spirits could possibly become part of the past, present, and the future; free to move throughout space and time. The Boy from Tomorrow also gave insight on child protective laws in the early 20th century, how a child and a parent deals with divorce, and the pressures from society.
The only criticism I really have of the book, is that it Alec’s family situation was greatly overshadowed by Josie’s. Both of their situations are identifiable, but it would have been nice for DeAngelis to delve deeper or show more of how the divorce between his parents affected their lives and day-to-day. There were moments where it was mentioned, but there wasn’t enough and the time sequence for certain moments felt choppy at best.
I do highly recommend this charming book for adults and children alike. Be sure to pre-order the paperback or buy the hardcover that is available today. If you have read the book, tell me in the comments below!