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"Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright." - Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

The Boy from Tomorrow: a novel for children

Josie and Alec both live at 444 Sparrow Street. They sleep in the same room, but they’ve never laid eyes on each other. They are twelve years old but a hundred years apart.

The children meet through a handpainted spirit board—Josie in 1915, Alec in 2015—and form a friendship across the century that separates them. But a chain of events leaves Josie and her little sister Cass trapped in the house and afraid for their safety, and Alec must find out what’s going to happen to them. Can he help them change their future when it’s already past?

The Boy from Tomorrow is a tribute to classic English fantasy novels like Tom’s Midnight Garden and A Traveller in Time. Through their impossible friendship, Alec and Josie learn that life can offer only what they ask of it.

With wonderful illustrations by Agnieszka Grochalska.

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Resources for Educators

Vintage postcards and photographs to use as story prompts (a Flickr album especially for Thalia Book Club campers!)

Classroom Reading Guide

Vocabulary Worksheet #1 (nouns)

Vocabulary Worksheet #2 (adjectives)

Vocabulary Answer Key

The Boy From Tomorrow vintage playlist on Youtube

Alec’s Favorite Vegan Recipes

Emily Jasper’s Bookshelf

Confessions of a Clueless White-Lady Novelist (a Twitter thread)

The Boy From Tomorrow: Answering Reader Questions! (Youtube)

The Boy From Tomorrow: Reader Questions, part 2 (Youtube)

The Boy From Tomorrow: Reader Questions, part 3 — *SPOILER ALERT* (Youtube)

Racism in the Women’s Suffrage Movement (Youtube)

Advance Praise for The Boy from Tomorrow

The delicious possibilities of time travel burst vividly in this beautifully crafted tale.

Martha Brockenbrough, author of The Game of Love and Death and Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary

Clever, lovely, and absolutely thrilling. While this is a middle grade novel, I think adults and even teens will enjoy it, especially the end. I loved the way the characters felt like real kids, despite the generations they spanned and their different styles of communicating. I think Camille did a wonderful job of creating tension and darkness and sadness, without making the story feel heavy or inaccessible.

— Tildy Banker-Johnson, Belmont Books

Creepy and intriguing, DeAngelis’ middle grade novel will appeal to readers who enjoy chills as well as puzzles. The Alex Award–winning author of Bones & All (2015) has crafted a definite winner.


An immersive read oozing with cross-genre appeal for realistic, historical, mystery, and scary fiction readers.

School Library Journal


You will fall in love with DeAngelis’ characters and root for their impossible friendship across time. Perfect for fans of historical fiction, this spine-tingling paranormal novel is riveting.

Marika McCoola, New York Times-bestselling author of Baba Yaga’s Assistant

In The Boy From Tomorrow Camille DeAngelis creates an atmosphere of comforting nostalgia without falling into old-fashioned cliches. It’s a carefully paced and lovingly crafted book that will draw readers for many years to come, and I enjoyed it ever so much.

Mackenzi Lee, New York Times-bestselling author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

A tale of friendship and loyalty that crosses the boundaries of time, The Boy from Tomorrow engages from the first page. Seances, psychics and ouija boards create a setting both mystical and dangerous. I loved exploring the possibilities of communicating across time with Josie and Alec and their indestructible friendship.

— Laura DeLaney, Rediscovered Books

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Scribbling Away in Cartagena

Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.