Destination Anywhere

Authored by Sara Barnard
Published by Macmillan Children's Books

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Destination Anywhere is the story of Peyton – 17 and with a passion for drawing – who travels to and through Canada on a mission to overcome her demons. 

Peyton experiences bullying throughout high school; this erodes her self esteem and leads her to making toxic friendship choices. Decisive in putting life on hold and escaping to the most friendly and beautiful country on the planet, she embarks on a solo trip to Vancouver which will help her reflect upon and reset boundaries in her relationships with her family and past friends. Peyton will eventually connect with a bunch of young people who love and appreciate her for who she is and who, just like her, are ‘looking for some kind of freedom’.

This story will touch the heart of every young person who has ever been bullied, felt that they couldn’t fit in and longed for finding their place in this world. Sara Barnard writes about friendship, group dynamic, friendship, intimacy and consent with uncompromising honesty and, through the lived experiences of the friends that Peyton makes along the journey, tactfully touches upon the themes of homophobia and parental rejection. 

Destination Anywhere would make a great class novel for KS4 and KS5 children and would be an enriching addition to any high school library.

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