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A heartfelt middle-grade novel from New York Times best-selling author Barbara O’Connor about a boy whose life is upended after the loss of his older brother - timeless, classic, and whimsical.  

Walter Tipple is looking for adventure. He keeps having a dream that his big brother, Tank, appears before him and says, “Let’s you and me go see my world, little man.” But Tank went to the army and never came home, and Walter doesn’t know how to see the world without him. 

Then he meets Posey, the brash new girl from next door, and an eccentric man named Banjo, who’s off on a bodacious adventure of his own. What follows is a summer of taking chances, becoming braver, and making friends - and maybe Walter can learn who he wants to be without the brother he always wanted to be like. 

Halfway to Harmony is an utterly charming story about change and growing up.

©2021 Barbara O'Connor (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Posey is one of the most fun and best developed characters I've met. I wasn't sure about Walter at first, but he turned out to be a star. I was afraid the book might get too heavy into dysfunctional families, but instead simply presented issues that moved the story ahead, without dragging us into the dirt.
I totally thought I had it all figured out, but there was a plot twist I should have seen coming that was a dramatic surprise. These two families were quite fuctional and had loving hearts. For me, it was easy pure delight filled wirh good lessons for all of us.