On the Edge of the World
Imprint: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
A uniquely formatted book about dreams, loneliness, and the universal longing for connection.
Vera and her family live on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, a place that feels like the edge of the world itself. Lucas and his family also say they live on the edge of the world, but their home is thousands of miles away on the coast of Chile. Vera spends her days devouring fantasy books, throwing balls to her dog, and longing for a friend who would care about the treasures she’s hidden underneath the alder bush. Lucas spends his days looking for fossils, playing solo games of soccer, and wishing for a friend who would read with him on the best branch of his favorite tree. One evening, both Lucas and Vera head to the beach, blink their flashlights into the dark—and discover that the edge of the world is not such a lonely place after all.
In this playful, perceptive book, acclaimed author-illustrator Anna Desnitskaya shares the mirroring lives of two children in two separate but surprisingly similar settings. As readers flip the book between Vera in Russia and Lucas in Chile, they will learn just how big—and how small—a place the world can be.
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Beautifully drawn tête-bêche-style volume that offers two stories. . . . Evocative double portrait.”
School Library Journal (starred review)
“A tender and beautiful work about loneliness and yearning for connection. A modern classic.”
“Will spark joy and inspire.”
“A reminder that we share more similarities than differences, this speaks to anyone longing for a friend.”