Flowers in the Sky by Lynn Joseph

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Just about everyone from my country, República Dominicana, dreams of moving to New York City, except for me. On the flight to New York, my first time on a plane, my first time away from Mami, I was finally free to cry. But nothing came out. I watched as the green mountains of my beloved island slipped away far below.

Fifteen-year-old Nina Perez is faced with a future she never expected. She must leave her Garden of Eden, her lush island home in Samana, Dominican Republic, when she's sent by her mother to live with her brother, Darrio, in New York, to seek out a better life. As Nina searches for some glimpse of familiarity amid the urban and jarring world of Washington Heights, she learns to uncover her own strength and independence. She finds a way to grow, just like the orchids that blossom on her fire escape. And as she is confronted by ugly secrets about her brother's business, she comes to understand the realities of life in this new place. But then she meets him—that tall, green-eyed boy—one that she can't erase from her thoughts, who just might help her learn to see beauty in spite of tragedy.

From the acclaimed author of the color of my words comes a powerful story of a girl who must make her way in a new world and find her place within it.


About Lynn Joseph

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Lynn Joseph was born in Trinidad and is the author of many books for children about her island home, including A Wave in Her Pocket, An Island Christmas, The Mermaid's Twin Sister, and Jump Up Time: A Trinidad Carnival Story. This is her second novel about the Dominican Republic, following her acclaimed book The Color of My Words, winner of the Américas Award. She has two sons, Jared and Brandt, and resides in New York and Bermuda. In addition, she is an attorney with a law firm in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She is currently at work on a new young adult novel set on St. David's Island, Bermuda. You can visit her online at
Published March 5, 2013 by HarperTeen. 240 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult. Fiction

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A coming-of-age story chronicles the challenges of moving to a new land.

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Joseph’s quietly compelling novel captures both the colorful sun-filled atmosphere of 15-year-old Nina’s beloved seaside town, Samana, in the Dominican Republic, and the grit of New York City’s Washin

Jan 14 2013 | Read Full Review of Flowers in the Sky

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>:(I did notice some authors leaving their blogs for tumblr and others and that made me sad because it means I have to seriously think about tumblr now too.I still love my blog and will continue using it.Talking about blogs, aside from author interviews I tend to shy from posting or reading very ...

Feb 22 2008 | Read Full Review of Flowers in the Sky

Gr 8 Up—This story of family secrets, friendships, and a love of nature is a compelling read. Fifteen-year-old Nina's life in the Dominican Republic suits her just fine. Despite being poor, Nina has her garden, school, friends, and a mother with whom she is very close. But when Mami catches her f...

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