The Exact Location of Home

Cover of The Exact Location of Home by Kate Messner


  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (September 12, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1681195488
  • ISBN-13: 978-1681195483

Kirby “Zig” Zigonski lives for the world of simple circuits, light bulbs, buzzers, and motors. Electronics are, after all, much more predictable than most people–especially his father, who he hasn’t seen in over a year. When his dad’s latest visit is canceled with no explanation and his mom seems to be hiding something, Zig turns to his best friend Gianna and a new gizmo–a garage sale GPS unit–for help. Convinced that his dad is leaving clues around town to explain his absence, Zig sets out to find him. Following one clue after another, logging mile after mile, Zig soon discovers that people aren’t always what they seem . . . and sometimes, there’s more than one set of coordinates for home.

An important story of love and hope that will capture readers’ hearts, The Exact Location of Home is a stand-alone companion book to Kate’s E.B. White Read Aloud Award winning novel, The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z.

“Middle school worries and social issues skillfully woven into a moving, hopeful, STEM-related tale.”

~Kirkus, starred review