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Grade 4–7—After her brother is injured in a devastating car accident, 12-year-old Skye's life is turned upside down. She is sent from Albuquerque, NM, to live with her grandmother in Sierra Madre, CA, while Scott rehabilitates at home. Skye intends to remain as invisible as possible as she starts middle school in a new city, reminding herself that the move is only temporary and that she will be back with her family and friends in a few months. Chronicling her experiences and emotions in her sketchbook/journal, Skye relies on her art as an outlet for her frustration and feelings of helplessness. Her life improves as she makes friends with other art students and as her emails with her brother become more than just part of his physical therapy, reconnecting the siblings in a relationship they hadn't had since well before the accident. Problems arise at school in the form of a few football players who tease and bully the art students. Skye's idea to get back at the jocks and the boys' subsequent revenge make up the climax of the novel. The third-person narrative is accompanied by drawings, thoughts, and lists from Skye's sketchbook. Her emotions and reactions are believable and the closeness she gradually develops with her brother is gratifying. A solid selection that incorporates themes of creative expression, friendship, and self-discovery.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL
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After her older brother suffers a head injury in an automobile accident, 12-year-old artist Skye is sent by her harried parents to live “temporarily” with her sweet, kooky grandmother in California. Even though she is determined to remain unnoticed, Skye soon finds a place with the sixth-grade self-dubbed “art jerks.” She struggles to connect via e-mail with her brother, whose personality has completely changed; to be patient with a classmate who has Asperger’s syndrome; and to define right and wrong when she breaks the rules in order to teach some eighth-grade football bullies a lesson. Her salvation is her notebook, where Skye’s sketches and lists help her manage her fears and doubts. Middle-school readers will identify with Skye’s realistic worries over starting a new school, making friends, and witnessing the effect of her brother’s injury on her parents’ already strained marriage. The text, accompanied by the author’s charming, humorous illustrations, will appeal to fans of Cynthia Lord’s Rules (2006). Grades 5-7. --Jennifer Hubert

Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 850L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (June 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670061115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670061112
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,098,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Welcome to my Amazon Author Page! I am honored you stopped by. I'm the author of over forty books so far, most of them novels for young readers and middle readers. Almost all of them can be called "realistic fiction," but they are always funny, too - just the way real life so often is!

My most recent series for Viking Children's Books are THE EMMA BOOKS: Only Emma, Super Emma, Excellent Emma, and three others, for kids 7 - 10, and THE ELLRAY JAKES BOOKS: EllRay Jakes is Not a Chicken!, EllRay Jakes is Magic!, my most recent book, EllRay Jakes the Recess King!, and five others-with the last one, EllRay Jakes Stands Tall! coming out soon. These are from Viking too, and are also for kids ages 7 - 10.

EllRay's younger sister Alfie has her own series coming, too, between 2016 - 2018. This series takes place three years after the last EllRay book, making Alfie Jakes seven years old when the first book begins - and her big brother EllRay eleven years old. And tall!

An interesting thing about these most recent series - THE EMMA BOOKS and THE ELLRAY JAKES BOOKS - is that all fifteen of them feature the same kids in the same third grade class! Writing the books was like dong a giant puzzle, in a way. But the stories are told from either Emma's or EllRay's point of view, of course.

While I am not able to do school visits at this time, I am always available through my new website - - and will be happy to answer your questions and read what you have to say. I love my mail! Thanks again for visiting my page, and keep reading.


Sally Warner worked first as an artist and an art teacher, exhibiting her drawings all over the country. After writing three books on creativity for adults, she started writing fiction for children. The author of the popular Sort of Forever (Knopf Books for Young Readers, ages 8 - 12), Sally also wrote the internationally popular middle readers Dog Years (also Knopf, a favorite in Italy) and How to be a Real Person (in Just One Day), (Knopf again, and still doing very well in South America). Sally has sold more than 800,000 books to date.

Sally was born in New York City and grew up in Connecticut and California. She attended school in Pasadena. She then received her B.A. from Scripps College in Claremont, CA, and her B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in fine art from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles.

Sally and her husband - writer Christopher Davis - live in Southern California.

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By Ami Hassler on July 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A fun, enjoyable read. Kind of a cross between Harriet the Spy and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Skye McPhee has had a rough couple of months. Her older brother was in a terrible car accident and now needs the full-time care of their parents. To make life more manageable, Skye is sent to live with her grandmother in California. Skye consoles herself by detailing her life in her sketchbook, but when her sketchbook gets stolen, the friendships Skye has made in California are in major jeopardy.

Skye and her group of friends are quite likeable, and the constant bickering between the jocks and the art kids is realistic. My only complaint with this novel would be that Skye gets her sketchbook back a little too easily. Certainly in my school, the jocks would have found a clandestine way to get back at Skye and her friends regardless of what the teachers had to say about it. Still, It's Only Temporary provides educators with a contemporary girl novel to assign while the boys are reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid (and yes, I know how terrible it is to label a particular novel as a girl or boy book, but it is appropriate in this case, I swear).

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