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All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  609 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
Jack Catcher's parents are dead—his mom died of sickness and his dad of a broken heart—and he has to get out of Oklahoma, where dust storms have killed everything green, hopeful, or alive. When former classmate Jane and her little brother Tony show up in his yard with plans to steal a dead neighbor's car and make a break for Texas, Jack doesn't need much convincing. But a ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published June 21st 2011)
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3.5 stars
It was hard to remember when all the earth hadn't been thrown to the sky.
This is my first Lansdale but I've known about him for quite some time. He's one of those authors who mixes up genres in crazy, imaginative ways and writes equally strong across the spectrum of storytelling styles (including gobs of graphic novels). I know him as a horror writer because his name always shows up for the Bram Stoker Awards and he just received the Horror Writer's Association Lifetime Achievement Aw
Oct 24, 2012 Lou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller, ya
This novel is Lansdales second young adult novel, Boar was his first, it is suitable for all ages, from young-adult upwards.
This was another fine example of the great storytelling that he can produce. The is being suitable for young adult contains no profanity or sex.

This story is about youth and loss, the main character a young man and two other individuals a brother and sister cross paths and bond with common harsh realities in their past and present and so they take to the road on a sort of j
Dec 15, 2011 Marvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lansdale's YA novel about three children orphaned and adrift during the Great Depression starts out as not very YA. In the first few pages, one child's father hangs himself, another father dies under a overturn tractor to the indifference of his daughter and son, and the three children are stealing a car. Lansdale was never a writer who would sugarcoat life and he doesn't do it here. Yet All the Earth, Throw to the Sky will thrill the teen who wants their protagonists to be full of life and smar ...more
Andrea Santucci
May 24, 2012 Andrea Santucci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ora mi piacerebbe sapere perché le migliori storie che ho letto e che hanno protagonisti dei ragazzi sono scritte da autori famosi per i loro romanzi pieni di sangue e budella sparpagliate sul pavimento. Una è "Il corpo", scritta da Stephen King poco meno di trent'anni fa, che ancora considero una delle migliori novelle di sempre. E ora c'è Joe R. Lansdale con questo "Cielo di sabbia".

Un romanzo di passaggio e maturazione, tra l'altro del genere che preferisco, quell'on the road in cui non è tan
Feb 08, 2012 Brendan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An almost perfectly awesome adventure story hobbled by too-poetic title and dull cover that makes it look like one of those "good for you" books. This book is not good for you. This book is awesome. Well, it might be good for you too, but it is first and foremost a rip-roaring adventure story full of bank robbers, hobos, alligators, carnival wrestlers (okay, just one), and three plucky orphan kids on a road trip during the dust bowl. The ending is spot-on perfect, too. Would never have picked th ...more
Oct 25, 2012 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read some Lansdale in the past and I am a big fan of his southern setting and his characters and development of those characters. However, while cruising through the library I didn't really remember that Lansdale was around, and I looked at my bookshelf and saw his books, and a switched clicked and I thought, "Hey! Lansdale! Let's see what he has available." and viola! All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky. What I didn't know at the time was that this book was a YA book, but honestly, you coul ...more
Annabelle Marie Veronica
Apr 20, 2012 Annabelle Marie Veronica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical fiction gurus and people who can stand less-than-perfect grammar

Oddly enough, this book touched me. I put off reading it for a long time, a really long time, but by the time I really got around to reading it I was pleasantly surprised. It could have been better, but it could have been far worse. I really only had one major problem that kept this book from getting a higher rating, but I'll get to that later. And check out that title; it's gorgeous!

It took me a while to connect with Jack, actually, but once
Mar 28, 2013 Thais rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, non è La sottile linea scura. E a me i romanzi on the road non è che piacciano poi così tanto.
Detto questo, però, Lansdale è indubbiamente un grande narratore, in grado di inventare personaggi riuscitissimi. Jane, in particolare, è un'adorabile sbruffona bugiarda, che riesce a ingannare chiunque inventandosi avventure ancor più mirabolanti di quelle che i tre protagonisti di questo romanzo si trovano a vivere.
Tre orfani in fuga dalle tempeste di sabbia dell'Oklahoma: Jack, il narratore, ha a
Katlyn Darrah
Oct 25, 2013 Katlyn Darrah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Your on you own with both of your parents dead. You don't have a plan on what to do until a former classmate, Jane Lewis and her younger brother Tony show up in your front yard with the idea to steal their dead neighbors car and ditch their town.
"All the Earth Thrown to the Sky" by Joe R. Lansdale, is an engaging novel for young adults. This story throws twists and turns at you in the most unexpected times throughout the book that kept me reading for hours and hours.

Jack Catcher, one of the m
Apr 06, 2012 Tracey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, libraryread-tcpl
I'm a relatively new fan of Joe R Landsale, (I've read 2 short-story collections) and was interested to see him write something for the young adult market.

I tore thru this short novel in a matter of a few hours- it was that good! I was expecting something on the supernatural\horror side (given my previous experiences w/ Lansdale), but the desolation of the Oklahoma Dust Bowl and the adventures Jack, Jane & Tony go thru were harrowing enough as is; the absorbing plot and sympathetic characte
Apr 03, 2016 Kimmyh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story begins with Jack's mother dying of the "dirty pneumonia" caused by the Dust Bowl and his father going out to the barn and committing suicide, leaving Jack
alone on a farm that is days away from foreclosure. When distant neighbours Jane and her younger brother Tony show up now on their own as well after their father's tractor rolled over and killed him, and their mother having taken off with a bible salesman some time ago, Jack listens to Jane's plan to 'borrow' a car from another now-d
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All the Earth Thrown to the Sky, by Joe R. Lansdale is about a boy named Jack Catcher. The main theme about this book is having the ability to believe that you can do anything, besides what’s the worst that can happen. The book takes place in a dusty house. The house is dusty because of the dust bowl in The Great Depression. This story is written in an first person, so the pronoun “I” was said in the book frequently. The protagonist Jack Catcher f
Dec 04, 2014 Celine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Books work best for me when they manage to expand beyond their story to echo deeper or wider themes, or introduce me to lives/histories/philosophies I'd never have otherwise had a chance to understand or experience) For while I began to feel like this read may shape up to be nothing more than a pleasingly engaging adventure (which would have been grand! Nothing wrong with that - it's just that I'm greedy and, as I said, want a little more from my reads) This disappointed me a little, as the othe ...more
I am a sucker for books that take place during the Dust Bowl, and this one does not disappoint! I have to say, it has a serious start, but there is humor here too. It was interesting to see where the author took the story, and the ending was so neat. This book is good for younger teens, but I think it will take some selling. I am going to try very hard to get my teens to read this book...I know they will really like it!
May 22, 2013 Baldurian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: narrative
Un Lansdale di questo livello, lontano dalla coppia Hap&Leo, non lo leggevo dai tempi di In fondo alla palude. Storia "cattiva" solo fino a un certo punto, finale dolceamaro molto azzeccato e un bello spaccato dell'America in uno dei suoi momenti più bui. Lansdale riesce a farti sorridere anche dopo aver fatto seppellire al protagonista il padre suicida. E questo non è da poco.
Scott Bell
Oct 11, 2015 Scott Bell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like of all Lansdale's work, All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky resonates with the character, timbre, and voice of the era and the setting. The people in this book are cut from gingham cloth, made gritty by the Dust Bowl, and wrung out by the Great Depression.

The story follows three fresh-made orphans as they make their way from wind-blown Oklahoma to East Texas, encountering villains and heroes along the way. Purported bad men who do good things, and evil men who do evil things, as well as the sh
Oct 06, 2012 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

So glad I wasn't trying to make a living back in the "dust bowl". These kids did what they could to survive. Short read with lots action packed into book Good and bad people out there. Have to learn who to trust
Tim McWhorter
Apr 25, 2014 Tim McWhorter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this was a book written for teens, I still enjoyed it, as I do anything and everything from Mr. Lansdale. It's a nice little story about some kids with nowhere to go but forward, and how they get there is truly an adventure. My only minor complaint about the book is that, in true Lansdale fashion, there is very little description in the details. And while I'm fine with that, being a 40-something adult who has seen enough to be able to visualize the clothing, cars and towns of The Gre ...more
Mar 19, 2015 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, great storytelling and writing from Lansdale. This was some
adventure! While the setting and beginning of the book are both dark and gloomy, the unlikely journey of these three orphans propelled me onward. I loved the character of Jane, and the narrative of Jack. There were plenty of colorful characters to keep me entertained, and the story ended up being a fast, easy read.

Somehow, I missed that this was a YA book, and even though it wasn't what I was expecting, I still enjoyed it. I
Apr 13, 2015 Leza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read...I think it's actually marketed as Young Adult Fiction..not sure. But I've long been a fan of Lansdale, he's a wonderful writer and for me this is one of his best books. I read it in one day as I couldn't put it down plus it's only approx 250 pages. The 3 child characters are great...would love to hear more from them. The scenic dustbowl descriptions are so good that I swear I could taste the grit and the sand. The young female character is a great personality. The criminals/vaga ...more
Brian Hoffmeister
Grades 9-10

The book opens with a boy whose mother was dying in the middle of the dust bowl, only to find his father had also killed himself. The poetry of language used in these scenes especially, were some of the best I've encountered in the YA scene. He meets up with two orphans who make their way across the country before being kidnapped by bank robbers, run into famous criminals of the time and continues their Grapes of Wrath-like journey across the country. The book is touching where it nee
Lara Frater
Dec 08, 2012 Lara Frater rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable depression era novel from Lansdale!
Derek Pennycuff
Feb 15, 2015 Derek Pennycuff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One that that struck me about this book is that, while not unpleasant, the plot is rather meandering. And then about 2/3 of the way through Jane mentions The Odyssey and I realized that the meandering plot took a back seat to the theme of traveling to / searching for a home. I also greatly appreciate drawing things to a satisfying conclusion without resorting to Hollywood over-simplifications or post-modern non-endings. But the best part of this book is the characters. Even those that only appea ...more
Nov 10, 2015 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of the time, Lansdale rates a solid 3-stars. This time, I'm going one star further because there are some scenes I just can't get out of my head:

A kid burying both his parents during a sandstorm.

A man suffocated by the sand piled up on his front porch.

The sight of a sandstorm coming.

A hobo dying.

There are many more--too many to list.

Is this great fiction along the lines of "Grapes of Wrath"? Duh--no! But this is an in depth look at how the Dust Bowl affected 3 kids.
Carlyn Greenwald
This book truly lived up to every good quality an adventure novel should have: a wonderfully portrayed setting, smart characters, and twists and turns that truly throw the reader for a loop along with our three protagonists.

The Depression Era was the perfect time period, and it truly serves as a book that needed to be written about the time period. I’m a bit of a history buff, and this book was a thrilling and complete picture of the time period. The book begins in a Dust Bowl ravaged tiny town
I've been reading Joe Lansdale for a long time. I haven't been there since the beginning, but I discovered him around 1994 and found a lot of reasons to come back to him. He has a very natural storytelling style, he tells stories with great theme and atmosphere, and his voice doesn't disappoint. Not all of his stories are big hits (Lost Echoes and Leather Maiden weren't as good as Sunset and Sawdust), but even when they're a miss, they're still enjoyable reads.

All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky ha
Oct 22, 2011 J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember looking at this ARC and ADORING the title. Seriously, good titles get me every time. And this is a simply marvelous title. The cover was simple but striking. After some mental debate, I picked it up and read the first page (I was trying to decide between this and another book at the time) and I never put it down.
Now, let me back up for a second and explain one vital thing. I am history nerd. 20th century to be precise. From 1900 to 1999, I am utterly intrigued by everything that happe
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Summary: Jack is an orphan- his mother died of dust pneumonia and his father hanged himself- and he cannot take it in Oklahoma any more. The dust bowl has officially taken over and is sucking the life out of everything it can. While determining his plan, Jane, a neighbor girl, and her brother, Tony, trudge into his front yard looking for help because they too have lost everything in their lives. The three decide to steal a dead neighbor's car
Ms. Yingling
Jan 04, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You think the present economy is making your life tough? Jack's mother has died of dirty pneumonia, and his father hung himself hours after his death. Jack has to bury them both after an enormous dust storm. About this time, Jane and Tony come to his farm; their mother ran off with a Bible salesman, and their father has been killed by his tractor overturning on him. Jane has a plan to drive away from their doomed Oklahoma community by taking Old Man Turpin's car, since he died in the storm sitti ...more
D. Ward
Dec 07, 2012 D. Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to dark and gritty, on-the-road type stories, it's hard to beat Joe Lansdale. In this Young Adult book, he sends a trio of youngsters who have had impossibly tough lives - in the dustbowl of Oklahoma during the depression - on a dangerous and exciting adventure though east Texas (often the setting for Lansdale's fiction) staying in hobo camps, riding the rails and running from a couple of big-time gangsters.
Forget for a moment that this kind of thing suits my own personal taste we
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Joe R. Lansdale is the winner of the British Fantasy Award, the American Horror Award, the Edgar Award, and six Bram Stoker Awards. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas.
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