Under a Different Sky by Deborah Savage

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Ben and Laura don't seem to have anything in common. Born and raised on a farm in rural Pennsylvania, Ben spends his free time-when he's not doing part-time mechanic work-with his horse, Galaxy. Laura is a new student at the exclusive boarding school that borders Ben's family's hardscrabble farm. She has been kicked out of every school that her parents have sent her to. Huntingdon is her last chance, and it doesn't look like she's going to make it. Here is the deeply moving story of two extraordinary teenagers who somehow manage to cross the many boundaries in their worlds to find each other-and themselves.

About Deborah Savage

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Deborah Savage is the author of a number of books for young adults, including, Summer Hawk, winner of the Boston Authors Award for young adult literature 2000, To Race a Dream, and Under a Different Sky, which School Library Journal called in a starred review, "endlessly fascinating and appealing." She lives in western Massachusetts.
Published April 28, 1997 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 288 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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The novel takes a melodramatic turn when Ben meets Lara, a wealthy but troubled student at the boarding school, who is alienated from her adoptive family.

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Ben and Galaxy's success story (beginning when a world-famous trainer discovers their abilities) is as overblown as Lara's hang-ups about her Mexican birth mother, imagined as a prostitute ""with sores all over her face."" The book's histrionic tone and sluggish pacing might, however, be overlook...

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