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Carry Me Home


About The Book

“A poignant and powerful reminder that homelessness is not hopelessness.” —Kirby Larson, author of Newbery Honor book Hattie Big Sky

Two sisters struggle to keep their father’s disappearance a secret in this tender middle grade novel that’s perfect for fans of Katherine Applegate and Lynda Mullaly Hunt.

Twelve-year-old Lulu and her younger sister, Serena, have a secret. As Daddy always says, “it’s best if we keep it to ourselves,” and so they have. But hiding your past is one thing. Hiding where you live—and that your Daddy has gone missing—is harder.

At first Lulu isn’t worried. Daddy has gone away once before and he came back. But as the days add up, with no sign of Daddy, Lulu struggles to take care of the responsibilities they used to manage as a family.

Lulu knows that all it takes is one slip-up for their secret to come spilling out, for Lulu and Serena to be separated, and for the good things that have been happening in school to be lost.

But family is all around us, and Lulu must learn to trust her new friends and community to save those she loves and to finally find her true home.

About The Author

Photograph © Ashleigh Taylor Portrait

Janet Fox is an author, mom, outdoor enthusiast, and former teacher. She’s been to the bottom of the ocean in a submersible and had a brief fling with rock stardom. Her novels are written for children and young adults but have won her fans of all ages. Her gothic middle grade novel The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle has received a whole bunch of stars and the lovely Crystal Kite Award. At the moment, she’s sporting blue and pink stripes in her hair. She lives in Bozeman, Montana. Find out more at

Why We Love It

“This novel showcases the beauty of family in its many forms and community. Lulu and Serena’s journey will stay with you, long after you’ve read the last page.”

—Krista V., Senior Editor, on Carry Me Home

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 24, 2021)
  • Length: 208 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534485082
  • Grades: 3 - 7
  • Ages: 8 - 12
  • Lexile ® 790L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

“A poignant and powerful reminder that homelessness is not hopelessness.” 

– Kirby Larson, author of Newbery Honor book HATTIE BIG SKY

"A beautiful, haunting story that sucks you in and doesn’t let go. It’s a poignant reminder of the strength kids can possess when they realize they’re the only one holding their world together. I devoured it, breathlessly, and it carried my heart away with it."


“A story about falling through the cracks and finding the light inside that darkness. CARRY ME HOME is absorbing, moving, and deeply truthful.”

– Martha Brockenbrough, author of THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH

Awards and Honors

  • Sunshine State Young Readers Award, Grades 3-5 List (FL)

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