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A Smidgen of Sky Hardcover – November 6, 2012
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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.
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.
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!
More than 4 years after the man's death, Piper's mother is getting married again to a prison guard named Ben. Ben has a daughter close in age to Piper and Piper dislikes Ginger and has no use for her. Piper feels her mother is being disloyal to her dead father and tries her darndest to thwart the wedding.
Ginger has also suffered a major loss, but in a different form. Ginger's mother walked out on her family when Ginger was very small and Ginger has long yearned for and searched for someone to fulfill the role of a mother in her life.
Both girls are circling one another, like wary dogs. Each has to ask herself what it is she really wants and what it is she is willing to do to accomplish her goals.
This is a masterfully crafted book that is excellent not only for tweens, but for all ages. The raw, naked emotion and the full development of the characters rings true. This book about remarriage and stepsisters is a far cry from the execrable "Jeanie" by Pardis. You really get the sense that this gifted author "gets it" in re tweens; the girls are very plausible characters and their thoughts and actions are quite realistic.
"A Smidgen of Sky" is a power-packed book replete with every possible emotion and also skillfully discusses very deep and serious topics such as family relationships; changing one's view of themselves and learning how to identify what it is one really wants and having the work ethic to follow through, yet giving oneself time to think through the consequences after some maturation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Piper Lee has a lot on her plate. In just a couple of months her Mama is getting married, and she will inherit a stepdad, a stepsister, and a new house... Read morePublished 9 months ago by JJ
The book was overall an easy read recommended for 10-13 year olds, ups and downs if life is what you hear about but in the end like always everything turns into an up!Published 16 months ago by Life Bot 2000
A Smidgen of Sky is one of those books that hook you almost from the first word. Immediately, I could hear Piper Lee's southern voice in my ear as she tells me her story. Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Sue Morris @ Kid Lit Reviews
I have to admit that I read a bit of Piper's Lee future before I saw her past, so I went in knowing she was a great character. Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by John Bladek
This is another book where I was lured in by its beautiful bright cover-isn't it sunny? It is making me feel better about the weekend being over and returning to work. Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by bookworm1858
This book is told from the viewpoint of ten-year-old Piper Lee DeLuna. She was named after her daddy's plane, and six years ago, he crashed and they never saw him again. Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by dSavannah
Piper Lee knows she should be excited for her mom getting remarried, but all she can think about is how to stop the wedding. Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by Craig
This is one of those stories which truly capture emotions that children go through. Story of a 10 year old girl who gets to cope with a situation where her mom marries another man... Read morePublished on December 22, 2012 by XNOR
"A Smidgen of Sky" is one of those books that is set up to charm: there's a personable leading young lady, family tragedies, and sassy Southern voice. Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by Emily J. Morris