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A Tinfoil Sky Hardcover – January 10, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770492771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770492776
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,693,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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  “…Sand-Eveland’s gritty, riveting second novel…. Mel’s restrained narration has a blunt eloquence; her voice is all the more gripping for being understated. Through subtle shifts in tone and perspective, Eveland-Sand movingly shows how Mel’s stoicism gives way to the cautious hope that she can actually realize her dreams, not abandon them as her mother has done.”
National Post

“…this touching picture of a child torn between her need for a stable home and her love for her troubled mother feels deeply authentic … this depiction of wounded people forming healing bonds goes straight to the heart.”
Booklist

“…a gritty and moving follow-up to her 2008 debut, Dear Toni…. Sand-Eveland doesn’t shy away from the reality of life on the streets….”
Quill & Quire
 
“…Cyndi Sand-Eveland has written a highly readable, insightful, and engrossing story…. Mel’s voice is powerful…. A Tinfoil Sky is a must-buy for public and school library collections alike….”
—Highly Recommended, CM Magazine

About the Author

Cyndi Sand-Eveland has worked with children as a teaching assistant, freelance storyteller, children’s library assistant, sign language interpreter, and ESL tutor. She lives on a farm outside of Nelson, British Columbia.

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I read this book practically all in one sitting!
Kary
We need to remember that what we do and how we live our lives affects others and this book is a wonderful reminder of that.
JAScribbles
Her experiences as with homeless youth brought a new level to the writing.
bookworm3390

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bookworm3390 on February 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A Tinfoil Sky by Cyndi Sand-Eveland is a beautiful heartwarming novel about a young girl and her quest to find a home.

Twelve year old Mel and her mother Cecily move around. A lot. Mel has gotten used to singing on the street for money and the numerous broken promises that Cecily showers her with. But one day when Cecily never comes back Mel has to face harsh changes.

This novel was at times hard to read because of the level of emotions that Mel has about her situation and what is happening to her in her life. What I found insightful was the level of believability about the emotions in the book. Her experiences as with homeless youth brought a new level to the writing.

Overall, I thought this was an excellent book. It had a nice pace and interest in finding out what will happen next that will keep younger readers interested. It will also bring awareness to the readers about these children. Very excellent read!
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First, a big thank you to Tundra and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this book!

I honestly did not expect to be blown away by this book - maybe because of the rather unexciting cover (once again, we can't ALWAYS judge a book by its cover, can we?), but I was. I read this book practically all in one sitting!

The book starts with Cecily and 12 year-old Mel, a homeless mother and daughter, who are fleeing from Cecily's abusive boyfriend. Cecily is hoping to return "home" to her mother whom she hasn't had contact with in 9 years. However, her mother, Gladys, harbors a lot of resentment towards the daughter who stole from her, who led a life of drug and alcohol abuse and took her granddaughter from her 9 years ago. Gladys wants nothing to do with her, and so Cecily and Mel have no choice but to take to the streets. Sleeping in their car, singing on the street corner for spare change, and eating in the soup kitchen - this is their reality.

One day, Mel comes out of the soup kitchen from eating alone and Cecily is nowhere to be found. It turns out that Cecily has once again been caught shoplifitng and is sentenced to 30 days in jail. Mel has no choice but to move in with her grandmother, Gladys. She seems to be just a grumpy old woman who doesn't seem to have any interest in getting to know her. She feels all alone in the world.
My favorite part of the book was when the judge asks Mel if there is anything that she needs and she replies, thinking of the beautiful library she saw in town, "a library card!" I always have a special place in my heart for characters with a love for books and libraries. And Mel is one of these. For her, her local library is a magical place.
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Simple is as simple does, A Tinfoil Sky does not have a whole lot going on - at least, when I sit back and contemplate the book for this review, I cannot recall anything remarkable. Which can be viewed as a problem, yes? Let's see, A Tinfoil Sky is about a girl who ends up in the custody of her ornery grandmother (more or less, a stranger) because her no-good mother lands in jail. After living with bad men to even worse men that her mother manages to find, Mel finally has a place to call "home" and the town inexplicably looking out for her well-being. It almost seems too good to be true, and I wonder if the other homeless youths are treated just as kindly. A Tinfoil Sky seems almost too-good-to-be-true in my mind, and I wish there had been more interactions between Mel and more local kids to get a better gauge of how unfortunate Mel's life is. This book may be worth a gander, but I fear that A TINFOIL SKY may leave readers with more questions than satisfaction.
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