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This Way, Charlie

Written by Caron Levis & illustrated by Charles Santoso
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From the award-winning team behind Ida, Always comes a story about a friendship that grows between a blind horse and a gruff goat

All the animals at the Open Bud Ranch can see that Jack likes keeping his space to himself. But when Charlie arrives, he doesn’t see Jack at all. He’s still getting used to seeing out of only one of his eyes.

The two get off to a bumpy start. At first, Jack is anxious and distrustful. But one day, he summons his courage and guides Charlie to his favorite sunlit field: this way, Charlie. And so begins a powerful friendship that will be tested by life’s storms—but will ultimately change each life for the better.

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  • “Antonia said everybody deserves plenty of food, love, and patience.”
  • “Sometimes, a quiet like warm milk filled the space between them.”

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Who Wrote This Way, Charlie

Caron Levis

Caron Levis (MFA; LMSW) is the author of several picture books including Stop That Yawn! (Atheneum), May I Have A Word? (FSG), and the award winning Ida, Always (Atheneum) which the New York Times called, “an example of children’s books at their best.” Caron currently teaches and advises in The New School’s Writing for Children/YA MFA program, works as a grief counselor, and sometimes officiates weddings. She loves using drama and writing to explore social, emotional, and literacy skills with kids of all ages through her author workshops. She would like to learn calligraphy, more about turtles, and how to do a back-flip. Visit her at

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Who Illustrated This Way, Charlie

Charles Santoso
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Charles Santoso (Chao) loves drawing little things in his little journal and dreaming about funny, wondrous stories. He gathers inspiration from his childhood memories and curiosities he discovers in his everyday travels.

He has illustrated several picture books, including The Snurtch and I don’t Like Koala—both written by Sean Ferrell, Ida, Always—written by Caron Levis, which was mentioned in the New York Times as “an example of children’s books at their best,” Peanut Butter & Brains—written by Joe McGee, and Penguin & Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime—written by Cate Berry. Also a New York Times bestseller Wishtree by Katherine Applegate and A Boy Called Bat by Elana K Arnold.

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What Has Charles Santoso Said About This Book

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What Has Caron Levis Said About This Book

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Charles Santoso's Book Dedication

For ABEL, grateful to be found, trusted, and guided

Caron Levis's Book Dedication

For Clare and for Charles, true talents in the heart of friendship. And with gratitude to all my moons.

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Book Details

Publication Date:
April 21, 2020
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The illustrations for this book were made with digital brushes and love.
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