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Easter Hutton hasn't had an easy life. After her parents divorced, her dad disappeared and her self-centered mom started in on a string of new husbands and boyfriends, dragging Easter along with her. One new town and high school after another, Easter rarely develops friendships, making her life not only confusing and unsettling but lonely as well. The one exception is Andrew. He lives in Atlanta, where Easter resided a few moves ago, yet he and Easter still talk via email. He is the one person who keeps Easter sane.

Most recently, Easter and her mother moved to Tampa, Florida. Her mother is pregnant, and her mother's married boyfriend has moved them out of the picture while he (supposedly) breaks the news to his wife. Easter's new school is just like the others; she's been there two weeks with no hope of any potential friends. In fact, the entire school thinks she's a freak.

Then something strange starts happening. Easter sort of blacks out, as if she's asleep, but with her eyes open. She definitely isn't dreaming, though. The first time it happens, she finds herself in her old house in Indiana. She witnesses another teenager living there, yet the teen can't see her. The next time, she arrives in her old bedroom in West Virginia. Easter figures out that she is somehow astral-projecting herself right out of her own body! But why? And how?

Then, if possible, Easter's life grows even more complicated. Her mom has a miscarriage, ending up in the hospital. And her best friend, Andrew, disappears! Easter continues to astral-project, but she doesn't seem to have any say in when or where she goes. She finally gets some answers, from her French teacher of all people. Madame Papinchak is part of an organization called Homefree that works with kids who have special and unusual talents, like Easter and her friend Andrew. Easter has no clue about the excitement and adventure she is getting into, or about the best part of all --- finally finding a home where she belongs.

Author Nina Wright continues to prove that she has a talent for writing. She uses a descriptive flair that helps readers connect with the characters and a sense of humor that adds a few laughs along the way. HOMEFREE is a story filled with imagination and page-turning excitement. And fans can look forward to more mystical adventures with Easter and the Homefree organization --- a sequel is due out in the fall of 2007.


Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on October 18, 2011

by Nina Wright

  • Publication Date: September 8, 2006
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Flux
  • ISBN-10: 0738709271
  • ISBN-13: 9780738709277