Faraway Things Book Tour & Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the FARAWAY THINGS by Dave Eggers, illustrated by Kelly Murphy Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!


About the Book:


Author: Dave Eggers, illustrated by Kelly Murphy

Pub. Date: June 8, 2021

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 40

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, B&N, TBD, Bookshop.org

From a bestselling author comes an evocative, classic-feeling adventure tale about a boy and his sword, and how giving away something precious leads to an even more important discovery.

Lucian’s father called them faraway things, those mysterious objects orphaned upon the windswept shore, their stories long lost in the shroud of ocean fog. Lucian’s discovery on the beach this particular day, though, is no ordinary faraway thing. It’s a cutlass: strong, shiny, and powerful. As its history comes to light, Lucian faces a choice: cling to the sword he loves or accept a gift that shines farther, wider, and deeper than he could have ever dreamed.

Stunningly illustrated with evocative art by Kelly Murphy and written by award-winning and bestselling writer Dave Eggers, here is a profound and resonant tale about the reward of letting go.

“Lyrical, descriptive language allows Lucian’s story to gently unfold… [a] beautiful story about adventure and honoring a father’s memory, this is a noteworthy addition to elementary school libraries.”―School Library Journal

* “An ingenious choice for a muted palette…[an] evocative picture book bildungsroman with equally atmospheric illustrations.”―Kirkus Reviews

* “Sweeping multimedia art by Murphy gives the galleon, its crew, and the ocean grandeur… Eggers tells his swashbuckling yarn with screenplay-like polish that feels just as expansive as Murphy’s art.”―Publishers Weekly

“Using wide pictures rendered in muted tones set alongside sparse text, the reader is given a window into the life of Lucian….[t]his story presents a short, yet important journey of loss, growth, and empathy.”―School Library Connection


My Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A beautiful picture book about a boy trying to keep the memory of his father alive, and also about letting go. This book had so much meaning behind it – kids will see one version while adults can see the deeper messages. A great story about doing what’s right, even when you don’t want to. The illustrations tell a story in themselves. They are detailed and absolutely stunning. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and you should definitely check it out!

About Dave Eggers:

Dave Eggers is the author of ten books, including most recently Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?, The Circle and A Hologram for the King, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern), and a monthly magazine, The Believer. McSweeney’s also publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. Eggers is the co-founder of 826 National, a network of eight tutoring centers around the country and ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organization designed to connect students with resources, schools and donors to make college possible. He lives in Northern California with his family.

Website |  Goodreads  

About Kelly Murphy:

Kelly Murphy is a New York Times-bestselling author-illustrator and recipient of the E.B. White Award. She has notably illustrated the works of William ShakespeareJane Austen and Beatrix Potter, as well as book covers for various Newbery Medal winning novels, creating award-winning art for clients worldwide. Her 40+ books have been translated in 16 languages, earning countless awards and starred reviews, featuring on “best books of the year” lists by Publishers Weekly, The Wall Street JournalPeople Magazine, Kirkus and The New York Times. Kelly teaches illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, is a keynote speaker, competition juror, and leads professional workshops nationwide. She lives in Providence, RI, with her husband, author-illustrator Antoine Revoy, and their many animal companions.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of FARAWAY THINGS, US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:

Week One:





Rajiv’s Reviews



Nay’s Pink Bookshelf



Do You Dog-ear?



The Momma Spot


Week Two:





Books Are Magic Too



Little Red Reads








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