Going Plaaces book cover, yellow and blue writing, dashed lines meant to represent travel

Going Places

by Kathryn Berla

Release Date: 3/20/2018

ISBN: 9781944995539 | eBook ISBN: 9781944995546

More like "going nowhere"...

Everyone had high expectations for Hudson Wheeler. His fourth grade teacher even wrote to his parents that Hudson was "going places." But everything went downhill after his father died on the battlefield of Iraq one year later. Now facing his senior year of high school without his two best friends by his side and with his teacher's letter still haunting him, Hudson seizes homeschooling as an opportunity to retreat from the world.

What happens during this year will prove to be anything but a retreat, as Hudson experiences love and rejection for the first time and solves the painful mystery of the “girl in the window”—an apparition seen only by the WWII vet whose poignant plight forces Hudson out of the comfort zone of boyhood.

Going Places is a peek into what male adolescence looks like today for those who don't follow traditional paths as they strive to find themselves.


Told by a highly likable, good-humored narrator coming to terms with his own share of sadness, Going Places unfolds like a time-lapse video of a blooming flower, revealing both the selfishness and the generosity of the human spirit. Readers of realistic fiction will appreciate the rich, engaging characters and be drawn into this story of overcoming sadness to open one’s heart to another.
— VOYA, Perfect Ten Review

About Kathryn Berla

Kathryn Berla is the author of the young adult novels Beau and Bett, Dream Me, The House at 758, and Going Places, as well as the thriller The Kitty Committee.

Kathryn grew up in India, Syria, Europe, and Africa. Her love for experiencing new cultures runs deep, and she gives into it whenever she can. She has been an avid movie buff since childhood, and often sees the movie in her head before she writes the book.

Kathryn graduated from the University of California in Berkeley with a degree in English. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.