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A Piece of the Sky
by David Patneaude (Goodreads Author)
Russell's summer seems doomed. He's stuck in small-town Oregon without a movie theater, a baseball park, or a pizza parlor. Then a legend about an old meteorite envelops him and connects his grandfather's special rock and old map to a nearly blind ex-con who did time for manslaughter.
Hardcover, 178 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Albert Whitman & Company
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Sep 29, 2007 Traci Haley rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teens who like adventure stories.
I read "A Piece of the Sky" in order to use it for the booktalks I give at work. I've been a fan of David Patneaude for quite some time and this is another winner. It's set in Oregon, which will appeal to the teens that I booktalk this to. It's got all the great elements of a popular teen novel -- mystery, adventure, and even some historical elements. While this isn't my favorite Patneaude, it is still definitely worth reading AND it's perfect for families to read together as it's completely cle ...more
Great storyline, and an excellent plot and an excellent flashback book meant for tweens. This is the only book I have read and really actually liked the flashbacks. This is almost a more grown up Diary Of A Wimpy Kid. This book is set sort of in journal form, keeping everything nice and neat. The plot and ending bring in a history tie, something that went great with the book.
An interesting story idea about the search for the site of a lost meteorite. The juxtaposition of the 1856 find with the modern quest didn't quite seem to work, though. I also felt that the story ended with a lot of loose ends unresolved. This is probably what the author intended, but it left me with too many questions.
David Patneaude began writing seriously (more or less) in the 1980s. His first novel, SOMEONE WAS WATCHING, was published in 1993. His books have been named to dozens of state young readers' lists and honored by the New York Public Library, the Society of School Librarians International, the Winnetka (Illinois) Public Library's "One Book, Two Villages" program, and the Washington State Public Libr ...moreMore about David Patneaude...