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Children's Fiction General

No Such Thing as Far Away

by (author) Laura Langston

illustrated by Robert Amos

Crow Cottage Publishing
Initial publish date
Jan 2017
General, General, Values & Virtues, Asian American, Other, New Experience, Emigration & Immigration, Other, City & Town Life
Recommended Age
5 to 9
Recommended Grade
1 to 4
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jan 2017
    List Price

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Michael loves living in Chinatown. He loves the shops, the alleys and the restaurants. But most of all, he loves the people of Chinatown: the grocers and cooks, the men who sit on the benches outside, the old women who play Mah Jong inside, and his best friend, Grandpa Doc, the old herbalist. One day Michael's mother tells him they are going to move. He is devastated. How can he leave? Chinatown has always been his home. The wise old herbalist promises to bring him back for visits and reminds him that "there is no such thing as far away, not when you carry a place with you." And as Michael adjusts to a new home, he learns that the sights and sounds of his beloved Chinatown are really not so far away after all.

About the authors

Laura Langston is the author of several books for children and adults. Lesia’s Dreamrecently won for the kobzar literary award, Canada’s newest national book award. It wasalso nominated for three other children’s choice awards. Mile-High Apple Pie, her recentpicture book, was nominated for the oLA’s Blue spruce award; The Fox’s Kettle was nominated for a Governor General’s award for Illustration; and Pay Dirt! was nominated for the red cedar and silver Birch awards. A former writer and broadcaster for the CBC, Laura Langston also writes regularly for Canadian Gardening magazine and has authored a book on herb gardening. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Visit her website at

Laura Langston's profile page

Robert Amos has painted thousands of pictures of the urban landscape and specializes in commissioned paintings of homes and gardens. He writes a weekly column, "On Art," published in the Times Colonist, and is the author (and illustrator) of seven books about Victoria, including , Artists in their Studios: Where Art is Born, and Inside Chinatown: Ancient Culture in a New World. Robert has recently been the artist in residence at the Fairmont Empress Hotel and is an Honorary Citizen of Victoria. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1995. Robert lives in downtown Victoria, British Columbia. Please visit Robert's website at

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Other titles by Laura Langston