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Saving Sky Hardcover – August 24, 2010
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This novel is a "what if" book.. What if the attacks of September 11th didn't stop there? What if it led to a full blown war with terrorists, not in Iraq or Afghanistan, but right here on the mainland? How would we act? Sky is thirteen and during this war, she witnesses hate and wrongful arrests on people of Arab decent. When the United States government repeats history (I'm referring to the internment of the Japanese Americans during world war II) and begins arresting Arab Americans, Sky tries to save her school friend, Kareem. It's Sky and her family versus Homeland Security. Uh oh. What's going to happen to Kareem, Sky, Sky's family?
I also got a kick out of how everyone reacts when faced with no electricty, no cell phones, no gas, no semi trucks delivering food to Albertson's... Gosh, we have become a very dependent society!
I found Sky's family a little weird with their solstice celebrating, hand holding, and blessing chanting, but to each his own. If I had any doubts about giving this story a 5 star rating, Kareem's essay at the end of the book erased them. Beautiful, thought evoking words that make one really sit and think about courage and ask oneself if they have ever been that brave.
The story here is a good one; fast paced and easy to read. It will hold lots of appeal to reluctant middle school readers with a fondness for dystopian fiction. As an older reader, I found myself often wanting more. I wanted more character development, more explanations of Sky's family belief systems which were really quite beautiful, and more explanations of the world situation. Since this story is told through the eyes of a twelve year old, it is necessarily very focused. The crises occuring in the outer world are merely a backdrop to Sky's growing confidence in herself and the role she can play in the world around her. In the end, this turns out not to be so much a sci-fi story as a coming of age story in the most extreme of circumstances. It is an effective examination of courage, and will prompt lots of discussion, as the parallels with today's world are very apparent. This book is a rousing condemnation of racism in all it's forms and succeeds on many levels. The writing is wonderful, and aside from my desire to know more of the story, I found it to be a riveting read. This is a solid recommend for grades 6-9.