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All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  453 ratings  ·  98 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
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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 Awa
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
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
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
Andrea Santucci
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
Annabelle Marie Veronica
Apr 20, 2012 Annabelle Marie Veronica rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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 I
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
Katlyn Darrah
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
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
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
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

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
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
Brian Hoff
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
Another enjoyable depression era novel from Lansdale!
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
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
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
S.A. Larsen
Feb 27, 2013 S.A. Larsen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to S.A. by: I'd like to thank the publisher for giving me a copy of this book for review.
A brilliantly written and poignantly delivered tale of a boy abandoned by life's fate and set on a journey of discovery.

Jack has been dealt scenarios in life that no teen should ever have to encounter. After the untimely death of both his parents - on separate occasions - he's left to his own devices and without much reason to live. He's desolate, hopeless. Meeting Jane gives him a reason to keep going. He's not sure why, but it does.

Jane, although annoyingly chatty at times, brings to the sur
"The wind could blow down a full-grown man, but it was the dust that was the worst."

This was a pleasantly surprising story of adventure and camaraderie found in the midst of heartbreaking loss during The Great Depression.

Jack Catcher has recently lost both parents, the money's gone, the dog's gone, the food's gone and soon enough the family farm will be gone too thanks in part to the Oklahoma dust storms that have killed anything and everything edible. (Sounds like a bad country music song, does
When I first read this title I wondered why someone would name a book All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky. When I began reading and realized it's about the dust bowl, it all made sense.

All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky is a book about three kids who, because of circumstances beyond their control, end up escaping Oklahoma and having quite an adventure while trying to find a life for themselves.

Jack has lost both of his parents. His mother died of respiratory problems, and his father committed suicide

Many YA novels depend on slapstick humor, childish adventures and woefully ignorant adults to keep their audience engaged...not so with "All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky."

If I may be so bold, I'd say what Lansdale has done is create a "Grapes of Wrath" for and about young readers. "All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky" deals with the depression, dust storms and the American experience of the 1930s realistically and accurately. Sometimes bleak, often hopeful, the novel is rich in both atmosphere and

Jack Catcher's life has taken a turn for the worse--living in the Dust Bowl, when "all the earth is thrown to the sky" and money is tight because of the Depression, is bad enough, but when his mother dies and his father, unable to deal with his grief, kills himself shortly after, Jack is suddenly all alone. So when Jane Lewis and her brother Tony stumble onto his land, en route to "borrow" an automobile from a dead man and take off to Texas, that sounds like a decent enough plan to Jack. Once th
Amy Lignor
Mom stopped breathing…Dad hung himself from a broken heart…and Jack Catcher is a young man left alone, living during the Depression in a small hovel in Okalahoma. Not only do readers meet Jack during one of the most awful times in his young life, but they also sit with him as the huge sandstorm blows outside, covering everything in a hideous layer of dirt, dust, and debris.

Jack Catcher is on his own now and has literally no idea what to do. Fate offers a helping hand as one day, he looks through
LeAnn Suchy
Originally reviewed at Minnesota Reads.

Joe R. Lansdale wrote my favorite short story in the Stories: All-New Tales collection, so when I saw a library display featuring a young adult novel by him, I didn’t even read the book jacket before I checked it out.

When I was only ten pages into All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky, I was sold. It begins during the Great Depression in Oklahoma, where the horrid sandstorms ruin crops and cause bloodcurdling respiratory diseases. Jack Catcher’s mother has died
I have to say, this book surprised me in the best way! I've always loved learning about the Great Depression . . . ever since I first read the Kit Kittredge American Girl Doll books. Anyone know what I'm talking about? She lived during that time period, was one of my favorites, and so this has really stuck with me, from then until now. Of course, Jack's story has almost nothing in common (except, you know, the years, and there's also a girl who wants to become a reporter). Instead, it's filled w ...more
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
Maggie V
What a horribly sad start to this book. Fortunately this is not a depressing or completely sad book. Yes, it is part of a very difficult and sad time in history, but Jack, Jane and Tony seem to find plenty of adventure and good luck along their way. I did connect more with Jane through the story, but that was mostly because Jack almost floated along with whatever Jane decided to do. Also, the secondary characters were definitely characters. All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky felt so much like a he ...more
Though Joe R. Lansdale is a very prolific writer and has written adult novels, young-adults novels, comic scripts, etc. After reading three of his books, more or less you already know what to expect in his novels.
A very entertaining story most probably set in the Great Depression era with some scenes on the road, bizarre situations, suspense and a bunch of cliches here and there.

This is a coming of age novel set in the Great Depression era. Three kids from a devastated Oklahoma, because of sands
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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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