Publication Date: September 8, 2009
Reading Level: Lexile Measure 700L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level U
Interest Level: Grades 3-5
Major Awards: Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Fiction
Number of Pages: 224 pages
Approximate Word Count: 69,540 words
Audible Book Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
Book Themes: Connections Between Love and Loss
Genre: historical fiction novel for young adults
Setting: Edward travels from Egypt Street (Abilene's room and home), the Atlantic Ocean, - Egypt street, the house of the fisherman Lawrence and his wife Nellie, the garbage dump near Lawrence and Nellie's house, the country side, the home of Sarah (the very ill girland her brother Bryce), Neal's diner, the workshop of the doll repairman, the doll shelf where Abilene finds Edward many years later
Open your heart. Someone will come. Someone will come for you. But first you must open your heart.
First Line: Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit who was made almost entirely of china. He had china arms and china legs, china paws and a china head, a china torso and a china nose. His arms and legs were jointed and joined by wire so that his china elbows and china knees bent, giving him much freedom of movement.
Point of View: third person omniscient point of view from the perspective of Edward