Celebrating Debutantes 2016: The Distance To Home by Jenn Bishop (Movie Cast and Giveaway)

Celebrating Debutantes 2016 Second Wave

I’m super thrilled to have author Jenn Bishop here on the blog today as part of Celebrating Debutantes 2016 event. Jenn will be sharing to us her casting pick for her debut middle grade novel The Distance to Home.

To know more about Jenn Bishop and The Distance to Home, check the author’s bio and book’s description that follows after the guest post, as well as links where to find Jenn and where to buy copies of the book.

Also, don’t forget to check the giveaway at the bottom of this post for a chance to win a signed copy of the book from Jenn.

Here’s Jenn with her casting pick for The Distance to Home

While the odds are that my debut middle grade novel, The Distance To Home, will probably not be made into a movie anytime soon, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t spend a bit of time here and there fantasizing about it. It’s most writers’ dreams to see something they created in their head up on the big screen. So, if it ever does come to pass, here’s my ideal casting. (Also, these people are not allowed to grow up because that would ruin everything!)


Maisie Williams


I’m going to cheat a little here, since this actress is now too old to play Quinnen, but when I was first drafting TDTH, I always had Maisie Williams in my head as I imagined Quinnen. I love her spunk and intensity. (Quinnen is a little less murdery than Arya Stark — juuust a little.)

Maude Apatow


I think Maude Apatow would make a great Haley.

Gaten Matarazzo


Like many other kidlit authors, I completely devoured Stranger Things when it appeared on Netflix and from the first instant Gaten Matarazzo appeared on screen I knew he would make the perfect Casey.

Tristan Wilds


This was a hard one, mostly because my image of Hector in my mind is based more on athletes I’m familiar with than actors. But I think Tristan Wilds comes closest.

EVERWOOD Image #EW04-51-13A-1-4 Pictured: Chris Pratt as Bright Abbott Photo Credit: © The WB/Lance Steadler


So, in truth I kind of want to go back in time and have Chris Pratt from his Everwood days play Brandon.

Ansel Elgort

But if a time machine is off the table, I think Ansel Elgort for Brandon could do a pretty good job.

Olivia Colman


Somehow Mom was the hardest for me to cast! In the end, I settled on Olivia Colman.

Peter Krause


Peter Krause. Done!

Ellar Coltrane


Ellar Coltrane would make such a good Zack.

Thank you so much Jenn for sharing to us your casting pick for The Distance to Home. Those brilliant actors/actresses makes me more excited to meet Quinnen and the rest of the characters. I love Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones series and I can imagine her on a different role. I think she is sporty enough to be Quinnen. She is really a brilliant young actress.


Author Jenn BishopJenn Bishop is a former youth services and teen librarian. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she studied English, and Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Jenn lives just outside of Boston, where she roots for the Red Sox.


Find Jenn

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


Book Details:

The Distance To HomeTitle: The Distance to Home
Author: Jenn Bishop
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover, eBooks

Last summer, Quinnen was the star pitcher of her baseball team, the Panthers. They’re headed for the championship, and her loudest supporter at every game was her best friend and older sister, Haley.

This summer, everything is different. Haley’s death, at the end of last summer, has left Quinnen and her parents reeling. Without Haley in the stands, Quinnen doesn’t want to play baseball. It seems like nothing can fill the Haley-sized hole in her world. The one glimmer of happiness comes from the Bandits, the local minor-league baseball team. For the first time, Quinnen and her family are hosting one of the players for the season. Without Haley, Quinnen’s not sure it will be any fun, but soon she befriends a few players. With their help, can she make peace with the past and return to the pitcher’s mound?

Book Links:

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What’s up for Grab?

  • Signed hardcover copy of The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop

The Rules:

  • Open to US and Canada addresses only
  • There will be one (1) winner only
  • Winner will be chosen by rafflecopter
  • Winner will be contacted thru email & should response within 48 hours
  • Ends September 04, 2016
  • Prizes will be sent by the author

To enter fill out the rafflecopter form

Good Luck!!!

Treat yourself to a complete #CelebratingDebutantes2016 experience. Click the image below for the full list of schedule and links to each second wave feature post!

CD2016 Second Wave Collage

2 thoughts on “Celebrating Debutantes 2016: The Distance To Home by Jenn Bishop (Movie Cast and Giveaway)

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