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Owen and Eleanor Move In

Owen and Eleanor Move In

Owen and Eleanor Move In is a story about what it means to have a home…and what it means to be a friend.

When eight-year-old Eleanor moves into the bottom half of a duplex with her family, she is not happy. Her old home was way better. In her old home, she even had her own bedroom. Not any more—now she has to share with her big sister. The situation needs to change, and she knows just how to fix it. She’s going to move back—to her real home. Eleanor's seven-year-old neighbor Owen is excited to meet her—finally, someone to play with who isn’t his little brother! He teaches her how to fence and write in code, and she helps him build mechanical gadgets and thinks his homeschooling is cool. But when Eleanor asks Owen to help her run away, he’s not sure what to do. Eleanor learns that home is where her family is – and more importantly, that her home is always with God. Owen comes to see that being friends doesn’t mean giving in to the other person all the time, especially when they ask you to do something you shouldn’t.

The Owen & Eleanor chapter book series reflects how real families experience faith: by talking about their beliefs in real-world and relevant ways to their everyday life. Perfect for beginning readers.

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In addition to Owen and Eleanor Move In, H.M. Bouwman writes middle grade historical fantasy, including The Remarkable & Very True Story of Lucy & Snowcap (2008) and A Crack in the Sea (2017). She is also an associate professor of English at the University of St. Thomas, a homeschooling mom, a member of Hamline United Methodist Church, and a martial artist.

Owen and Eleanor Move In is a Junior Library Guild Selection. Junior Library Guild is a curated subscription service for libraries featuring books recommended by expert librarians for building an excellent collection.

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  • Publisher Sparkhouse Family
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506439723
  • Age/Grade Range PreK-K; Grades 1-2; Grades 3-4
  • Dimensions 5 x 7
  • Pages 133
  • Publication Date April 3, 2018


Mom's Choice Award Gold Recipient 2018
—Mom's Choice Award


"Owen and Eleanor is the book I've been waiting for! It is rich with conversation starters to help kids know their identities as loved and that no matter what circumstances change, God's love and care never will. In a world clamoring for more diversity in our children's books, I was pleasantly surprised to see how the author handled diversity of thought, race, and experiences so masterfully. Authentic and relatable, every character in Owen and Eleanor feels like a kid I know from my children's school or church--they're real kids with real problems so you're compelled to root for them from page one. I can't wait to put Owen and Eleanor into the hands of my daughter because it is simply one of the best books on friendship, transition, and family, I've read this year."
—Osheta Moore, author of Shalom Sistas

"A heart-warming story about friendship and faith, with plenty of great humor. Eleanor and Owen are sure to win over readers."
—Debbi Michiko Florence, author of the Jasmine Toguchi series

"Tender and funny, and the kids' voices are absolutely spot-on."
—Lynne Jonell, author of Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat and The Secret of Zoom


"This sweet and humorous chapter book is perfect for readers the same age as Owen and Eleanor, especially if they are fans of Narnia or Star Wars."
The Banner

"Bouwman's early grade chapter book is a realistic and relatable Christian-based story with quirky and enjoyable characters. This new series fills the void in contemporary Christian realistic fiction for elementary-aged readers."
School Library Journal