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Saving Sky (Paperback)

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Diane Stanley, Caldecott writer and illustrator, is known for her amusing fairytale re-tellings (Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter) or her unique picture book biographies with their well-researched text and enticing detailed paintings (Cleopatra and Bard of Avon). Here in her new novel she is doing something completely different, important, and accessible. Saving Sky is an adventure/survival story for 4th–7th grade readers. Sky Brightman’s family is living an upscale, off-the-grid lifestyle on a large ranch in New Mexico. The time frame of this story is tomorrow, or maybe later today. The family hunkers down as the country is experiencing sporadic, but increasingly frequent, attacks. There are many Red Alert days. Food and fuel shortages are becoming commonplace. Sky’s is a loving family, their self-sufficient ranch, an oasis. This part of the novel is quite familiar, even comfortable, the way it is in books where someone else is going through hardships but you’re pretty sure it will be okay. It is less comfortable when Sky’s seventh grade classmate, Kareem, is arrested with his parents at Home Depot as Homeland Security starts ‘detaining’ anyone of Middle Eastern descent. Sky, brave and hopeful, stands up for what she knows is right, giving us a hero we can root for.

— Ga, Children's Book Buyer


Although the country is at war, terrorists strike at random, and widespread rationing is in effect, thirteen-year-old Sky Brightman is remarkably untouched by it all. She and her family live off the grid on sixty acres of rural New Mexico ranch land with chores to do, horses to ride, and no television or internet to bring disturbing news into their home.

But when a string of mysterious arrests begins and Sky's new friend, Kareem, becomes a target, she is finally forced to confront the world in all its complexity. With courage, ingenuity, and fierce determination, Sky meets injustice head-on and shows the tremendous impact one person can have on her community.

About the Author

Diane Stanley is the author and illustrator of beloved books for young readers, including The Silver Bowl, which received three starred reviews, was named a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews and Book Links Lasting Connections, and was an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Cup and the Crown; Saving Sky, winner of the Arab American Museum's Arab American Book Award and a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year; Bella at Midnight, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy; The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fine; and A Time Apart. Well known as the author and illustrator of award-winning picture-book biographies, she is the recipient of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work.

Ms. Stanley has also written and illustrated numerous picture books, including three creatively reimagined fairy tales: The Giant and the Beanstalk, Goldie and the Three Bears, and Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Praise For…

“The main characters are well rendered and likable, and, in her portrayal of the earth-centered, nurturing Brightman family, Stanley succeeds in delivering the message that hope trumps fear.”
— School Library Journal

“This page-turner skillfully captures the irrational fear of a public under siege while giving kids a modern-day, almost-just-like-them female hero who champions hope. Inspiring.”
Kirkus Reviews

“This will certainly raise poignant questions about a world that is only very slightly unfamiliar and about the way readers would respond in similar circumstances.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“This thought-provoking novel explores both the frightening power of mob mentality and fear tactics, along with hopeful possibilities offered when individuals take courageous stands for justice.”
Publishers Weekly

Praise for Bella at Midnight: “Once begun, it will be hard to put down.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061239076
ISBN-10: 0061239070
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: June 12th, 2012
Pages: 208
Language: English
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