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This Side of the Sky

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  21 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews

IBBY Honour List (Translation French to English), 2008CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens, 2008 "Starred Choice

Mona and Bird witness something terrible from their treetop perches and suddenly life changes forever.


On this side of the sky, Mona and her kid sister, Bird, hide in the woods each day because it's far better than being home. But then there's the other side,
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Paperback, 125 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Red Deer Press (first published September 21st 2006)
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Bonnie
Oct 07, 2009 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all teens and adults around the world
What a find! Marie-Francine Hebert is not afraid to tackle – appropriately, in this young-adult novel – difficult subjects such as prejudice, racism and sexual abuse. While these topics could be disturbing, Hebert tempers such themes with her unique, poetic prose; and by offering her characters the opportunity to develop self-esteem, self-reliance – and hope.

You know those book sales that happen in a mall or outside your local library? Well, just recently, I came across one in the process of bei
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Mel Jannard
Feb 24, 2016 Mel Jannard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Je parle de ma ixième relecture de ce livre, toujours parmi mes préférés, dans cette vidéo :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCvdf...

Aussi dans cette vidéo *Lesperruches sont cuites* de Charles Bolduc et *Un petit pas pour l'homme* de Stéphane Dompierre.

Abonnez-vous à ma chaîne!
Debbie
May 08, 2014 Debbie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: quebec
This book is about girls named Mona and Bird. When Bird was born she lost some oxygen to her brain so she has some special needs but Mona loved her. Bids real name is Angelique, but she is called bird because she wishes she could fly and so she's always climbing trees to touch the sky.

One day Mona and Bird witness their neighbor Susan and her father doing things he shouldn't be doing behind their shed. Mona makes Bird promise not to tell anyone what they had just seen because no one would believ
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Lisa Gibson
Jun 06, 2010 Lisa Gibson rated it really liked it
I discovered this little book at a library sale. It was a thin, small little book and sounded interesting from the cover description. This little innocent looking book deals with some heavy hitting topics. Racism, sexual abuse, alcoholism, among other things.

Mona and Bird are let to their own devices just about all the time in this book. Mona is constantly told "go watch your sister". Mona does her best to keep Bird from climbing too high in the trees, for fear she will fall and injure herself.
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Rachel
Sep 03, 2008 Rachel rated it liked it
Powerful book that deals with harsh themes. Very lyrical prose and the characters are realistic. Note some content may not be suitable for all readers.
Jessie
Jul 09, 2010 Jessie rated it it was ok
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Well it wasn't bad but there just wasn't enough 'oomph' to keep me entertained.
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