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Gr 3-6-Piper Lee DeLuna thinks that life with her single mom is just fine. When she was six, her pilot father's plane went down over the Atlantic and he was never found, but she's sure that he'll come back someday. Now her mother is getting remarried, and Piper worries that once Mama gets a new last name, Daddy will never find them. Worse, her stepfather-to-be has a bratty daughter named Ginger, and Piper Lee can't imagine them ever being sisters. She comes up with a plan to stop the wedding-first, she locates Ginger's birth mother, who left years ago, hoping the woman will come back. Next she joins an online group looking for information about her lost father. When her plan actually works-in an almost-dangerous way-Piper Lee doesn't feel the happiness she so expected, and she begins to question herself and her memories. Winget's time period is ambiguous, but the gentle story is compelling, and Piper Lee is an instantly likable, flawed character with a good heart. Hand this one to kids who want realistic fiction with just a dash of excitement.-Jamie Kallio, Orland Park Public Library, ILα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Ten-year-old Piper Lee DeLuna loves planes, which is no surprise given that her daddy was a pilot and named her after his aircraft. But four years prior, his plane disappeared over the ocean, and now her mama is getting remarried to a man with a 10-year-old of his own. Piper still holds out a smidgen of hope that her daddy is just missing and not dead (“sometimes miracles happen”), and so she launches into efforts to keep mama and Ben from walking down the aisle. Winget’s debut touches on themes familiar to middle-grade lit—from the fact that Piper blames herself for her daddy’s disappearance to her reluctance to give up the dream of his return to her difficulties envisioning a new future. This sweet story has an old-fashioned feel, and while it mostly grazes the surface of issues, and the ending feels somewhat contrived, it may speak to all those children out there hoping against hope that, somehow, mom and dad will find their way back to each other. Grades 4-6. --Ann Kelley
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547807988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547807980
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dianna Winget has lived in the Pacific Northwest since she was nine years old, and has been writing just as long. One of her favorite activities is reading a great book while stuffed in a recliner between her two dogs. Dianna's debut middle grade novel, "A Smidgen of Sky," was chosen as an ABC Indie-Bound New Voices Pick and is partially based on her own experience as a stepparent. It features spunky Piper Lee, a young girl determined to stop her mother from getting remarried at any cost, until she realizes "any cost" may be way too high. The funny and heartwarming sequel, "A Sliver of Sun,"--book #2 of the Piper Lee DeLuna series was released two years later.

Another middle grade, "A Million Ways Home," was published by Scholastic Press in August of 2014. It was chosen as a featured selection in the Scholastic Mother-Daughter book club, and in the Scholastic Book Fair and has received many glowing reviews from young readers.

You can learn more about Dianna and her books at her website. www.diannawinget.com

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Juanita Havill on November 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Piper Lea DeLuna has two months to act and somehow keep her mother from marrying Ben Hutchings and bringing his whiny, difficult daughter Ginger into the family. What could her mama be thinking? When her daddy comes back, where will he fit in if Mama marries Ben? And Piper is sure as hope can make her that her daddy didn't die when he crashed his single engine Piper Cub into the Atlantic Ocean. He survived, and he's coming back.

The unexpected consequences of Piper's lively schemes take her from misadventure to misadventure and finally to the truth about what she really wants. Authentic portrayals of Piper and all of the characters make them real enough to cry over and laugh with.

I would not be surprised if Piper grows up to have a career involving airplanes. She has the right stuff. And as far as crafting a warm, funny, touching, debut novel, so does Dianna Dorisi Winget.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tina Says VINE VOICE on September 29, 2012
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'm always on the lookout for great tween realistic fiction novels for my daughters. These are the types of books I loved when I was growing up, and despite my best efforts at reading from a wide variety of genres, realistic fiction is often what my oldest daughter wants. (Scary how that apple doesn't fall far from the tree!)
A Smidgen of Sky, a debut novel by Dianna Dorisi Winget, due out in November, is a perfect tween read. Piper Lee DeLuna is still struggling to come to terms with her pilot-father's untimely death. Because he died in a plane crash and his body was never found, she is sure he is alive somewhere and will eventually come back to her. Over the course of the four years since the accident, Piper's mother has moved on, and is now engaged to be married to Ben. Not only is Piper not excited about Ben replacing her father, Ben's daughter, Ginger, is not someone Piper wants to get to know or hang out with.
Ginger has always wanted a mother and she and Piper try to find Ginger's mom. She left when Ginger was very young, not ready to be a mom yet. When Piper locates her it is hard to decide if she is doing this for Ginger or herself. Piper's plan to get the wedding canceled seems to moving right along, and Piper must ask herself if that is what she really wants.
Winget's novel is full of lots of important lessons - from an awareness of online predators to lessons about love, family, and dealing with loss, A Smidgen of Sky is one I will be giving to my daughter to read, buying for my school library, and telling others about. I am hopeful Winget plans on writing more books geared toward this audience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By delicateflower152 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 26, 2012
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"A Smidgeon Of Sky" is a wonderful book not only for those children learning to deal with blended families, but also for `tweens who experience many of the same conflicts as the narrator, Piper Lee Deluna.

Dianna Dorisi Winget has captured the spirit and emotions of `tweens as they learn to accept reality; the consequences of their actions; and that they must think not only of themselves, but of impact of their actions on others. In doing so, Winget has not marginalized or minimized the conflicting emotions felt by the characters. Rather, she has brought a depth of emotion and a reality into "A Smidgeon Of Sky" that is not usually found in books aimed at young readers.

The disappearance of her pilot father's small plane and his probable death are difficult for Piper to accept. While she holds onto the hope that he may be found, her mother has moved on and is engaged to Ben, a prison guard whose wife abandoned him and their daughter when Ginger was an infant. Ginger is Piper's polar opposite; the girls' attitudes and goals are quite different. As the story progresses, Ginger and Piper Lee begin to work together toward common goals - learning about Piper's father's crash and finding Ginger's mother - and to accept one another.

"A Smidgeon Of Sky" is a small book that packs a big message. Parents can feel comfortable allowing any age child, who is able, to read this book. "A Smidgeon Of Sky" would also be an excellent book for reading aloud and for discussion with respect to the actions and consequences of the characters' actions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dinglefest VINE VOICE on December 7, 2012
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I expect a light tween read that didn't impress or offend. Instead, this little book provides a believable main character, another well-written tween girl, and slightly less believable parents struggling with the complexities of blending a family (including abandonment as a baby by one tween's mother and the death of the other tween's father). I did think the parents were both immature in their relationship with each other and with their daughters, leading to them being too caught off guard by the tough stuff. That said, I was impressed by how well the author handled side stories/issues, like the internet safety/vulnerability and funding of prisons. I loved Piper's voice and felt as I closed the book like I was having to say goodbye to a sweet young friend I had grown to love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 8, 2012
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A Smidgen of Sky was a delightful surprise in that it delivered a depth of emotion and drama that I usually don't find in fiction for this age group. Piper Lee DeLuna is ten years old and is having real trouble getting used to the idea that her mother is getting re-married. She is still grieving the death of her father, and the thought of so many things changing in her life is just terrifying. Not only will she be getting a step-father, but also a step-sister! When she decides to do something to stop the wedding, she learns some valuable lessons about family and also about herself.

Piper Lee DeLuna speaks with a voice that is authentic and believable. The author does a great job of portraying the thought processes of a ten year old, as Piper reasons her way through some actions that were incredibly thoughtless and sometimes dangerous. I was rooting for Piper to above all else find some satisfaction and peace for herself, and was gratified by an ending that was both realistic and heartwarming. Piper's growing relationship with her soon to be sister added yet another dimension to a multi-layered story full of vivid characters and feelings.

A Smidgen of Sky deals with issues of grief, blended families, acceptance, and even internet safety. The author packs a lot into these 196 pages! Readers young and old alike will find plenty to think about and plenty to discuss. If you are looking for an elementary age mother-daughter book club selection, I can't imagine a better choice. The writing is beautiful and the characters are memorable. The author's deft hand with description and dialect left no doubt that this was a story set in the rural South, without ever letting it get bogged down in too much description. I will be recommending this book often to readers in grades 4-7 and their adults!
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