Saving Sky by Diane Stanley

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Saving Sky is very good and well worth reading. There's a lot to take away from it.
-The Happy Nappy Bookseller


The country is at war, terrorists strike at random, widespread rationing is in effect, and the power grid is down. But thirteen-year-old Sky Brightman is remarkably untouched by it all. She lives off the grid on sixty acres of rural New Mexico ranch land with chores to do and horses to ride and no television or internet to bring disturbing news into her family's adobe house. Sky's schoolmates think she's a little weird.

Then a string of mysterious arrests begins, and her new friend, Kareem, becomes a target. Sky is finally forced to confront the world in all its complexity. Summoning her considerable courage and ingenuity, she takes a stand against injustice. With humor, hope, and fierce determination, she proves that even a child can change the world.


About Diane Stanley

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Diane Stanley is the author and illustrator of beloved books for young readers, including Saving Sky, which ALA Booklist, in a starred review, called "beautifully written" and noted that "parallels to our contemporary times appear on every page. . . . The young people manifest a courage few can emulate"; Bella at Midnight, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and an ALA Booklist Editor's 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 Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for the body of her 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 Saughter. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Published August 24, 2010 by HarperCollins. 212 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Aug 01 2010

It 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.

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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Nov 22 2010

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.

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Reviewed by Tara on Jun 05 2012

I recommend Saving Sky by Diane Stanley to anyone interested in viewing current issues from the eyes of a child – because it is definitely inspiring.

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The Happy Nappy Bookseller

Reviewed by Doret on Sep 19 2010

Saving Sky is very good and well worth reading. There's a lot to take away from it.

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Reviewed by Darcy on Feb 09 2011

This is a powerful and timely read that clearly shows how fear and paranoia can get out of control. 

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on Sep 02 2011

I thought this book was amazing. Really. This is a book that people are missing. Really. And I don’t know how it slipped through the cracks.

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Above average
Reviewed by Jan Dohner on Nov 25 2010

I really liked Sky as a character. At times she was afraid but mostly she believed that she needed to stand up for what she believed was right. In the end, she had to be very brave but she also made a big difference.

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Reviewed by Bookworms on Sep 11 2010

Like favorite The Giver and the recent bestseller The Hunger Games, readers will have much to discuss after finishing this beautifully written, disturbing book.

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