No Matter the Distance (Paperback)

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An unexpected animal companion helps a girl with cystic fibrosis learn to write her own story in this captivating novel in verse by award-winning author and disabled activist Cindy Baldwin.

Penny Rooney has cystic fibrosis, which means she has to do breathing treatments to help her lungs work. Some days, it seems like her CF is the only thing Penny knows about herself for sure.

From her point of view, everyone around her can make sense of their place in the world. So why can’t Penny even begin to write a poem about herself for school?

Then during spring break Penny spots something impossible in the creek behind her house: a dolphin, far from its home. Penny names the dolphin Rose and feels an immediate bond, since the dolphin is also sick.

But as Penny’s CF worsens, she realizes that Rose needs to return to her pod to get better. Will Penny be able to help guide Rose back to the ocean, even if it means losing her friend?

This heartwarming story, which marks the first time an author with cystic fibrosis is writing a protagonist with CF, will transport readers into a world full of friendship, family, and powerful self-discovery.

About the Author

Cindy Baldwin is the award-winning author of Where the Watermelons GrowBeginners Welcome, and The Stars of Whistling Ridge. She is a disabled activist, cofounder of Middle Grade at Heart, and We Need Diverse Books mentor. She lives just outside Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter. To learn more about Cindy, visit

Praise For…

"Full of wonder and compassion, No Matter the Distance is a memorable story about friendship, an unbreakable connection, and finding the strength to fight for those we love. Penny is a unique yet relatable character, with an authentic and entertaining story." — Lynne Kelly, author of Song For a Whale

"No Matter the Distance weaves an intimate, personal story of life with cystic fibrosis and a universal story of self-discovery into a luminous tale of friendship, family, and belonging." — Joy McCullough, author of A Field Guide to Getting Lost

"No Matter the Distance hooked me hard from the beginning and just swept me through with so much heart and resonance throughout." — Stephanie Burgis, author of The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

"Positive empathy is wrapped around a fastpaced story with fully developed characters." — Booklist (starred review)

“Poignantly navigates an array of tough emotions." — Kirkus Reviews

“An insightful telling of a tween living with CF via affecting free-verse poems.” — Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063006454
ISBN-10: 0063006456
Publisher: Quill Tree Books
Publication Date: April 9th, 2024
Pages: 368
Language: English