Halfway to Harmony

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Walter Tipple is looking for adventure. He keeps having a dream that his big brother, Tank, appears before him and says, “Let’s you and me go see my world, little man.” But Tank went to the army and never came home, and Walter doesn’t know how to see the world without him.

Then he meets Posey, the brash new girl from next door, and an eccentric man named Banjo, who’s off on a bodacious adventure of his own. What follows is a summer of taking chances, becoming braver, and making friends―and maybe Walter can learn who he wants to be without the brother he always wanted to be like.

Halfway to Harmony is an utterly charming story about change and growing up.

Awards and Distinctions

Junior Library Guild Selection
North Carolina Children’s Book Award Nominee 2022


Heartfelt and accessible.

With its fast pace, liberal use of Southern idioms, one bodacious adventure, and memorable characters, this book has read-aloud written all over it.
—The Horn Book

This friendship story is sweet and savory, with memorable main characters in Walter, Posey and Banjo and a story elegant in its simplicity. 

…a feel-good friendship story.
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


Halfway to Harmony by Barbara O'Connor
FS&G, 2021
ISBN 9780374314453
Ages 8-12
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