Kid’s Book Review: Home: My Life in the Universe

Kid’s Book Review: Home: My Life in the Universe

About the Book and Author

14-year-old Leah sometimes wishes she could escape into the wild and get away from the body image obsession at school and the bullies who pick on her little brother, Aiden. Alone in the woods one night, Leah’s life is transformed. She has the strangest sensation of gliding across the night sky, among millions of dazzling stars. This profound experience sparks a burning question in Leah that no one seems able to answer.

Desperate to broaden her horizons, Leah challenges herself to attend an international summer camp. Will the people she meets there, from her first love Sean, to formidable climate activist Kayleigh, help Leah find the answer to her question: what is ‘Home’?

Mark Ballabon

Mark Ballabon is a philosopher, environmentalist and author who has been teaching and writing about personal development, self-leadership and environmental issues for over three decades.

To find out more about this work please visit his website.



Book Review

it has lots of twists and turns with a range of different characters

Home is about 14-year-old Leah and her inquisitive mind. She’s sick of bullies targeting her little brother, Aiden, and silly beauty fads at school, and she feels like no one truly understands her. Not even Maia – her special friend – albeit the bucket-loads of advice she’d offer.

One night, Leah feels a strange urge to run to her local park and, upon arrival, has a life-changing, out-of-body experience gliding through space with the stars. This leaves her with the burning question: What is home?

To answer her question, she faces her fears and attends a 3-week summer camp with her best friend, Taka. There, she falls in love for the first time and has to face fierce, judgemental climate activist Kayleigh. Can Kayleigh and Leah put their differences aside to see the bigger picture?

I enjoyed reading this book because it has lots of twists and turns with a range of different characters. My favourite character was probably Kayleigh because she had a deeper personality than was first suggested.

I would recommend this book to sci-fi readers and, more specifically, people aged 10+ because the philosophical side can be quite confusing at times!

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Grace
  • Age: 12 years
  • Likes: Hanging with friends, tennis and solving puzzles
  • Dislikes: Mushrooms and maths
  • Favourite Book: Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Sue Hitchcock
  • Favourite Song: You Signed Up For This by Maisie Peters
  • Favourite Movie: Top Gun - Maverick