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Dangerous Skies Paperback – Bargain Price, August 1, 2006

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Two close friends, a white boy and an African American girl, find their relationship threatened when they discover a corpse. "This masterfully crafted story boldly conveys uncomfortable truths about society while expressing the innocence of children," said PW in a starred review. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 3-8. Suzanne Fisher Staples' tale (FS&G, 1996) of a friendship?and the racial tensions and violence which threatens to destroy it.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (August 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374416702
  • ASIN: B005SMVQXA
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,755,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Cox on July 10, 2013
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I first read this book with my son when he was about 9-11 years old. He is now 23 and I have a "little sister" who loves to read. This book came to mind & I ordered it for her. She hasn't read it yet but I never forgot it after reading it almost 15 years ago. I would recommend it for ages 9-13 boys or girls.
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Although this is the first novel I have read by Susan Fisher, it is categorized as one of the top 10 books I have read. She is able to generate the feelings of the characters within you and make you feel as if you were them. Here is an example from the book, " I snatched my hand out from under hers and flung myself into the farthest corner of the front seat. I looked out the window, all atwitch with nervous energy. As angry and frightened as I was, I felt as if pure adrenaline pumped through my veins." (p.112). The book shows an example of a heartbreaking friendship between two people from different worlds. Buck and Tunes, Buck being white and Tunes being black, having been raised since infancy, they take a tumble into the real world and find out that it its more than they assumed it was. This is a sad and very powerful story.
The initial message I was receiving from the book and its author was that if your in a realtionship of any kind, there will be someone to help you when u have lost all faith or need help. Even if you don't want help its not your choice, a good friend will help u no matter what. I would defiantly agree with this message because I have found that in my life when I needed help but I didn't want it, my friends still came through and helped me anyways. You may or may not agree with this theme depending on the type of relationship you have with friends. The reason why is because if you have a poor relationship with your friends, they may not be there to support you. So you may not be able to relate to the message of the author or agree with him. I know I certainly agree with her message.
I would recommend this book to others who are searching for a novel that will satisfy their needs for a great book. This book is not boring like other novels.
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A great book written about friendship. Racism between the native American and an African American is the main point of this book.
The main character Buck is my favorite character in the book because the author "Suzzane Fisher Staples" created him as a clever and brave boy. Buck tried his best to help his friend Tunes, an African American, to get out of the trouble but he didn't make it. The reason was human racial prejudice. The racism between the black people and white people let Tunes get into the jail.
The book had a lot of funny and sad things happend. Including crime and human nature, let my emotion followed the characters up and down. When Buck and Tunes went fishing and hunting together, those setting had vivid in my mind. Although Tunes didn't kill anyone, she was accused by white men and put into jail, and the friendship between her and Buck was forceibly stopped. I could almost remember all the things happened in the book the story hooked me so much.
When I looked at the cover page of this book, I thought that is would be so boring, but when I stared reading the book, I felt really interesting and I loved it so much. I recommend it to all tenagerous who would like to read more aboout friendship and racism.
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Buck and Tunes have always been best friends, even though Buck is white and Tunes is black. When Tunes' mom died when she was a baby, Buck's mom treated Tunes like her own little girl. It helps that Tunes' father works on the farm of Buck's parents. All that Buck and Tunes want is to be left alone to fish and find crabs near the water. Up until the summer they turn thirteen, that has been the case.

One day while out in Buck's boat, they find a body in the water. A friend of theirs, an older man with a family who works as a laborer on the farms nearby, is dead with his skull smashed and a bullet hole in his forehead. Tunes immediately jumps out of the boat and walks away; she doesn't want to have anything to do with this dead body. Buck tows it back to shore and tells the story of finding it, saying that Tunes was not with him at the time. He isn't sure why she doesn't want to be involved, but he will do his best to protect her.

Soon a horrible rumor is spread about Tunes, possibly in an attempt to divert attention away from their friend's killer. As things get more and more dangerous for Tunes, Buck's family backs farther and farther away from her. Buck is horrified. Could they really be so blind to the truth?

I liked that this story was truthful about racism. Bad and unfair things happened to Tunes because of her skin color, and this book didn't sugarcoat that fact. I liked that Buck continued to stand up for his friend, though, despite what others said about her. I was disappointed by the ending of the book.
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Stunning. One of the top 10 books I have ever read. The author writes it so that you can feel the characters emotions. The ending of the story really touched me. I find it hard to read books about changes. I sort of want things to always be the same. "I'd also lost the notion there was magic in the world. I guess you could say I'd lost my childhood," is in my opinion one of the saddest parts of the book. Also, the part where Kneebone tells Buck that the good times are gone forever and that things would never be the same between the two, and the part that Buck says that Obie lost his heart for the Bay. I could go on forever talking about how great this book is. Its a moving book and I would recommend everyone who needs a good story to read it.
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