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Seven Clues to Home (Hardcover)

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Seven Clues To Home is the heartwarming journey of 13-year-old Joy, who is trying to work through the loss of her best friend, Lukas. The book starts a year to the day after Lukas’s death, which just so happens to be Joy’s 13th birthday.  As was their birthday tradition, Joy sets out on a scavenger hunt that Lukas had planned the day he died. On this hunt Joy meets unforgettable characters as she works through her feelings about Lukas’s death, and their incredible friendship, ultimately realizing how deep it was.  Alternating between the voice of Joy and Lukas, this book delivers everything.  Family, friendship, laughter, mystery, loss, discovery, and finally, joy!  A must read!! 

— Karen


An endearing story of love and grief as one girl follows the clues in a scavenger hunt left behind by her best friend, perfect for fans of Bridge to Terabithia and Nine, Ten.


Joy Fonseca is dreading her 13th birthday, dreading being reminded again about her best friend Lukas's senseless death on this day, one year ago -- and dreading the fact he may have heard what she accidentally blurted to him the night before. Or maybe she's more worried he didn't hear.

Either way, she's decided: she's going to finally open the first clue to their annual birthday scavenger hunt Lukas left for her the morning he died, hoping the rest of the clues are still out there. If they are, they might lead Joy to whatever last words Lukas wrote, and toward understanding how to grab onto the future that is meant to be hers.

"I truly loved it! Baskin and Polisner seamlessly unfold one touching relationship after another in this gorgeous story about everlasting friendship. This tender tale is indelibly etched on my heart." --Leslie Connor, author of the National Book Award finalist The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
"Polisner and Baskin's brief tale of two quite distant friends magically manages to bridge an uncrossable gap. Seven Clues to Home is both a charming mystery and a real meditation on the complexities of the young heart in love." --Tony Abbott, Edgar Award-winning author of Firegirl and The Great Jeff
"I read this whole book with a lump in my throat. A perfect gem." --Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Bob

About the Author

Nora Raleigh Baskin is the ALA Schneider Family Book Award-winning author of Anything but Typical. She was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author for her novel What Every Girl (Except Me) Knows, and has since written a number of novels for middle graders and teens, including The Truth About My Bat Mitzvah, The Summer Before Boys, and Ruby on the Outside. And most recently, Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story, which received starred reviews from both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. Nora lives with her family in Connecticut. Visit her at

Gae Polisner is a lawyer by trade, but a writer by calling. She lives on Long Island with her husband, two sons, and a suspiciously fictional-looking dog named Charlie. When Gae isn't lawyering or writing, you can find her in a pool or the open waters off Long Island. She's still hoping that one day her wetsuit will turn her into a superhero. You can learn more about her at

Praise For…

“A heartfelt tour de force.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A modern-day Bridge to Terabithia a bittersweet tale of losing someone you love.” —Booklist
Introspective narration… add[s] poignancy to many flashbacks as both experience the same set of clues, underscoring the duo’s genuine shared affection.” —Publisher’s Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593119617
ISBN-10: 0593119614
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 9th, 2020
Pages: 208