Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “It's Only Temporary” as Want to Read:
It's Only Temporary
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

It's Only Temporary

3.29  ·  Rating Details ·  76 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
A novel in words and sketches. ?It?s only temporary,? twelve-year-old Skye McPhee writes in her sketchbook after being shipped off to her gran?s in Sierre Madre, California. After all, her parents have their hands full taking care of her older brother, who?s been severely injured in a car accident. So now Skye is in a new school sketching new kids and trying to stay invisi ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published June 12th 2008 by Viking Juvenile
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about It's Only Temporary, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about It's Only Temporary

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Bailey R
Oct 23, 2012 Bailey R rated it liked it
Mr. Norman recently read this book to us called, "it's Only Temporary" by: Sally Warner! I think this book is pretty good because it uses challenges that could happen to anybody like bullies, moving to a new school having to make NEW friends far away from your old ones, and even like a hurt brother in the hospital you might miss. I think this book uses some big words, but if you inference it will help you a lot (we had to inference in class!) I can connect to this story when Skye the main chara ...more
Trey A.
Oct 24, 2012 Trey A. rated it really liked it
I read this book a long time ago, I like this book because its very organized and you don't get very confused and her brother was in a car crash and is paralyzed and he goes through a lot of lessons.
Raina
Nov 10, 2008 Raina rated it liked it
Recommends it for: upper elementary
Recommended to Raina by: Booklist
It sat in my to-read crate for over a month, then I finally decided to pick it up. And... it was good. I read it in a night (when I should have been sleeping). It integrates illustrations, and reminds me a bit of a jr. Absolutely True Diary... in that way. Also deals with some seriously tough stuff. Opening with a bad-boy brother dealing with brain trauma after a car wreak. The rest of the story is relatively tame after that. It's not a shy novel. Includes using gay as an insult, fighting parent ...more
Jayk
A bit short and the ending is pretty abrupt, but a charming book otherwise
Dana
Apr 28, 2011 Dana rated it it was amazing
I loved this book more than I thought I would. I get pulled in and don't pay attention to what's around me- what's actually going on-when I read this book, because its so powerful. I love how Skye and Scott are being nice and REAL brothers and sisters to each other. After Scott's accident, skye thinks that he had changed back into his attitude "before he became 12." Because most people now don't do that. I think Skye and Scott have a connection that is lovable and sweet. I recommend this book fo ...more
Jenny
Apr 06, 2009 Jenny rated it really liked it
When twelve-year old Skye's brother comes home after a terrible car accident she moves from Albuquerque, New Mexico to California to live with her grandmother. There Skye attends middle school where she reluctantly make new friends, learns how to stand up for herself and those she cares about. During this time she is her brother's "key boarding buddy" which bridges a new unexpected relationship with her brother.

I really liked this story but felt bad at first for Skye here she is a perfect child
...more
Talia
Jan 30, 2009 Talia rated it liked it
While Skye’s older brother is rehabbing from a car accident, she goes to live with her Grandmother in California, seeking solace in her trusty notebook, full of drawings and secret thoughts. School is difficult; Skye finds a niche in the art club, but they are tormented by the football team. Through the challenges, Skye learns to stand up for her friends and herself, and becomes closer to her brother in the process.

Eh, 3.5 stars. There’s some interesting topics within this book, car accidents w
...more
Fluxbrarian
Skye’s brother Scott was a mean, troublemaking teenager who broke rules and gave his family a hard time. Then he gets in a car accident, suffers brain damage, and suddenly his family needs to take care of him. Skye still remembers the surly Scott before the accident, and also the nice big brother Scott when they were little kids. She deals with these emotions, moving to a new town, and going to a new school through drawings in her sketchbook. The characters are well-defined and Skye comes across ...more
Stacy268
May 28, 2008 Stacy268 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Amelia's notebook, 5th or 6th graders
Recommended to Stacy268 by: Jen HS
Shelves: tween, middle-grade
A pitch perfect young tween book about changes. Skye's brother went and got himself in big trouble. Not that the last 4 years with him haven't been without problems. But now, he totaled his parent's car, and has been in rehab for 4 months, learning the basics of walking and talking again. Now he's coming home, and Skye's parents are arguing A LOT. Soon, Skye is being shipped off to her grandma's house in California. Her goal is to stay invisible...after all, it's only a temporary stay. But soon, ...more
Tommy (funsize)
Feb 02, 2015 Tommy (funsize) rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mr. Norman
Oct 21, 2012 Mr. Norman rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book for 5th-8th graders, featuring an interesting main character named Skye, a girl who is going through some family issues and dealing with new friends. After her brother is involved in a serious accident, she moves in with her grandmother in a new city. The story uses a lot of humor to show how Skye navigates her new life and deals with new friendships and bullies at a new school. She learns a lot about herself and grows up in the process.
Heather
Jul 18, 2008 Heather rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: art, bullies, brothers, accidents, families, frienship
Shelves: j-fiction
When Skye's brother comes home from rehab following a bad car accident, Skye is sent to live with her grandmother in California while things calm down. Although school provides several challenges, Skye's relationship with her brother improves through email.
Lorraine Stinson
Feb 26, 2012 Lorraine Stinson rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Daria
Jan 27, 2009 Daria rated it really liked it
Reviews place at 4-7 and 5-8 but this felt very middle school to me. Interesting story and discussion of consequences for actions but not BES materials, in my opinion.
Destiny
Oct 08, 2008 Destiny rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no-one.
Recommended to Destiny by: the libaray.
i doidn't not like this book it wasn't the best book i've read infact i never finished it. i wouldn't suggest it.
Kathy
Aug 15, 2010 Kathy rated it it was ok
Learning to make friends in a new place and deal with a brother recovering from an accident. Realistic.
Christine
Oct 09, 2008 Christine rated it it was amazing
It's about a girl that moves somewhere else for one semester because of her brother. Her brother has SERIOUS brain damage. It's not a sad book. It has good pics and it's kinda funny.
Kaitlyn W
Kaitlyn W rated it really liked it
Oct 23, 2012
Shellie Shannon
Shellie Shannon rated it it was amazing
Nov 04, 2016
Elaine Aaron
Elaine Aaron rated it liked it
Sep 04, 2011
Michele
Michele rated it it was ok
Jan 12, 2009
Anastasia
Anastasia rated it liked it
Jul 14, 2012
Lisa
Lisa rated it liked it
Jul 24, 2008
Emie
Emie rated it really liked it
Jul 23, 2012
Amy
Amy rated it did not like it
Jul 16, 2008
Nicole Dreibelbeis
Nicole Dreibelbeis rated it liked it
Oct 08, 2008
Brittany
Brittany rated it liked it
Feb 06, 2014
Night Owl Reading
Night Owl Reading rated it liked it
Oct 13, 2014
Susannah
Susannah rated it it was amazing
Dec 30, 2013
Salma
Salma rated it it was amazing
Aug 17, 2013
« previous 1 3 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
What's The Name o...: It's Only Temporary [s] 8 123 Feb 06, 2014 07:47AM  
87014
Sally Warner is a writer of fiction for children and young adults and of books on creativity. She made the Lily series and Emma series for children's books. Sally Warner was born in New York City and grew up in Connecticut and California, where her family moved when she was eight years old.
More about Sally Warner...

Share This Book