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The Sky Is Falling (Guests of War #1)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  2,222 ratings  ·  62 reviews
It is the summer of 1940, and all of England fears an invasion by Hitler’s army. Norah lies in bed listening to the anxious voices of her parents downstairs. Then Norah is told that she and her brother, Gavin, are being sent to Canada. The voyage across the ocean is exciting, but at the end of it Norah is miserable. The rich woman who takes them in prefers Gavin to her, th ...more
Published February 8th 1991 by Puffin Canada (first published 1989)
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In the summer of 1940, ten-year-old Norah and her friends spend their days watching the planes fight above their village in Kent. The war has certainly brought excitement to Norah’s life, but all parents see is the danger. Once they decide to send Norah and her five-year-old brother Gavin to Canada until the war ends, Norah realizes that there is no way to persuade them otherwise. While the ship ride from Liverpool to Montreal is full of excitement, the idea of living with strangers in a foreign ...more
Read this in Grade Four for a book report. I did not like it because I was reading it for school.

I have read three times since then and got my mom to read to me. She read the rest of the trilogy to me as well and yeah I love it.

This was my first Kit Pearson book and to this day she remains my favourite Canadian author. I have read all her novels and have enjoyed every one of them. I like how she makes the country not this barren cold land, but one that is full of life and people.

I read this book in seventh grade and had a lot of difficulty putting it down. It was one of the best books I'd read at the time and a favorite.
The characters were excellent and developed. It was also really easy to identify with Norah, the main character. Usually I have trouble doing that.
It was also a chance to look at different part of WWII history and of course there were plenty of amazing details about Toronto at the time.
I really love and and recommend this book.
I loved this! It was so cool to read about the lives of the many children who were sent away to Canada from England to find refuge from the war. Although in Norah ( the main character)'s case, she hated living with the Oglivies. All she wanted to do was go home and many people even called her a wimp from escaping from the "exciting" war. But as the novel goes on she realizes what it means to adapt, to nurture and to start fresh in her new life. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!
this book was alright , i never knew that there was even war guest in canada untill after reading this book.
Kerri (Book Hoarder)
This is another book that I remember well from reading when I was younger...

Did you know that during World War II, many children were sent overseas by their parents, to be away from the perils and emotional stress of war?

The Sky Is Falling tells the story of two such children - ten year old Norah and five year old Gavin, who feel as though they only have each other when they are sent across the ocean to live with Ogilvies, a host family who are willing to take them on.

The last thing that Nora
This book was chosen by my colleague for my Mother-Daughter book group and I'm incredibly happy she picked it!

Not only did the mothers love it, but we ended up fighting over who gets to read the next one on their kobo (I won as I had already downloaded it!).

The story is a simple one- Norah and Gavin are children living in Britain whose parents decided to send them to Canada to avoid the bombing of WWII. They are sent to a rich mother and daughter in Toronto and the story is just about Norah adju
When Norah and Gavin are told they are going on an “adventure”, Norah is outraged and Gavin does not understand what is happening. Norah, aged 10, and Gavin, aged 5, are to be evacuated to a safer location. It is the middle of World War 2 and their parents are worried. Norah and Gavin are sent to Canada where they live with a nice but strict and stubborn family. There journey over is full of surprises and learning experiences. As Norah adjusts to new rules and lifestyles, how will Gavin adjust ...more
Raven Erlenbach
This is one of my favorite childhood books (only after Harry Potter). Ever since reading this book, I have loved historical books in the war eras of all sorts. This one in particular has made me always cradle a cup of milky, sweet, black tea with a certain comfort, thanks to how the main character describes her tea. It is beautifully written and pulls you into a relate-able story. I've always loved it and always will.
Melissa W
I first read this book when I was about 12 or 13 and read it again when I was in my mid-twenties and enjoyed it both times, although my second time reading it has left more of an impression. While it is a story of two siblings leaving home as a result of WWII, it is also a story of a young girl who is about 11 or 12 being forced to grow up beyond what she wants and expects. While Norah is rebellious, she is only so due to the fact that her hosts, especially the mother, pays little attention to h ...more
This was a surprisingly powerful book. It is one of those books that when I finished it, it was like I'd done something important. It's not the type that I would usually choose, but I am glad to have read it. It's one that I would recommend to just about anyone. It's a fast read because you can't put it down.
gr 4-6 248pgs

1940 Ringden, England. 10 year old Norah and her 5 year old brother Gavin are forced to leave their tiny village because their parents want them to go to Canada where they will be safe from the war. Norah is furious with her parents for sending her and Gavin is too young to understand. When they arrive in Canada, they are sent to live with Mrs. Ogilive and her adult daughter Mary. Mrs. Ogilive spoils Gavin who reminds her of her son Hugh who died in WWI, while Norah feels that all M
Miss Amanda
gr 4-6 248pgs

1940 Ringden, England. 10 year old Norah and her 5 year old brother Gavin are forced to leave their tiny village because their parents want them to go to Canada where they will be safe from the war. Norah is furious with her parents for sending her and Gavin is too young to understand. When they arrive in Canada, they are sent to live with Mrs. Ogilive and her adult daughter Mary. Mrs. Ogilive spoils Gavin who reminds her of her son Hugh who died in WWI, while Norah feels that all M
This is the first book I've been asked to read for my Children's Literature class. And while this novel may deserve more than the three stars I've given it, but I will leave it up to someone else to do. This book has a few hallmarks I have known to be successful with kids who are and are not me: Kids on their own (Norah and her brother are not orphaned, but they are sent to Canada alone - and what kid doesn't love to dream of independence?), a quirky and not-femme main female character (Norah pr ...more
I really enjoyed reading this book when I was about 9-10 years old. It was far less trashy of a read than the Sweet Valley books I was devouring at the time, but just as engrossing. My mom skimmed through it herself, and pointed out that the siblings' WWII experience was a picnic in the park compared to that of many children in Europe. She had a point. Having to live with a wealthy, albeit cold, aunt in Toronto is far less tragic than starving in a conquered country and/or dying in a concentrati ...more
I read this book for a sixth grade assignment, for which I had to make a film strip with sound effects and give a class presentation. I returned to this book more than once when I was young. Though I have not read it for many years, I still remember how vividly if affected me as a child and would recommend it for any young reader.

I also remember how much fun I had working on the film strip sound effects with my father. We did so much with a few low cost items, most of which we already had aroun
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Norah Stoakes feels safe as she and her friends watch the skies for German planes near her home in England, but her parents feel differently. They decide to send Norah and her brother, Gavin, to Toronto, Canada, for the duration of the war. Mrs. Florence Ogilvie, a rich widow, and her daughter, Mary, agree to become their guardians. Five year-old Gavin quickly takes the place of Aunt Florence’s dead son, Hugh, as she lavishes him with gifts and affection. Norah feels so home-sick that she aliena ...more
First off, Kit Pearson is one of my all time favorite children's authors. I never got around to reading this particular story of hers, for whatever reason but I wanted to give it a go in case I could use it for my classes lit circles. Of course I loved the story and found it thoroughly engaging. Definitely recommended and I can't wait to get my kids to read it!
This is one of my favourite books that I can remember reading as a young girl. My mom found this series a few weeks ago and gave them to me. I'm so glad that I decided to reread it!! I remembered loving it, but it was so nice to read it again!! Truly enjoyed!
I love it!!!! <3 this book. When I read the first chapter I COULD NOT put it down! Sad and sweet book... Big recommendation.
Loved this book as a kid. Takes place in Canada - which made it even more interesting to me.
I read this when I was younger and really enjoyed it. Reading it again, I wished for more wrap up in the story line. But I guess a good YA book ends with a beginning. This time around I was at times frustrated with how Norah acted toward the people who were trying to help her and was annoyed that she couldn't change her attitude a little bit because it would have made her life so much easier! I definitely recommend this read for a young person. I think it's a light glimpse into the life of a chi ...more
3.5 stars
Jan 26, 2011 Jaren rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone that likes historical fiction.
Ah!!!! I just LOVED this book, I have to say that this is one of my favourite historical fiction books ever!! And the fact that this is a Canadian book doesn't hurt either! The writing is so poetic and beautiful,I guarantee that almost everyone will love this one! It should be a classic ( at least for Canadians)!!!

I can't say enough good things about this novel!

5/5 stars!

P.S I read this novel during the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver in 2010, giving me many happy memories.
Story of three British children sent to Canada during WW2. All are engaging characters, all have different reactions to their new situation. The book offers a childs'-eye view of what the experience must have been like. Pearson provides a detailed depiction of Toronto at this time; it also tells the story of the family who opens their home to the children, a story with its own drama. Excellent story, detailed character development. Hard to put down.
Just A. Bean
I liked the main character. She was probably pretty horrible to be around but the author had a good handle on the thought process of a ten year old.

I can't say I found the plot that interesting, for one there wasn't much of a plot, especially in the later half, and what there was didn't have much action. Unfortunate that a book about WWII refugees would be slightly dull. Probably won't bother with the other two.
One of my favorite book series as a young elementary student. I think it was around that time that I became interested in history. "The Sky is Falling" tells the tale of two fictional children, Norah and Gavin, who along with other British children enter and live in Canada during WWII. To me it added another facet to our countries involvement far beyond that of our veterans that we saw on Nov. 11th.
This book is so good even for 9 year olds and up
I remember this book very well...did a book report on it in school. Good read. Gave you a good sense of the time period. Highly recommend.
I adored this books when I was younger, I read them more recently and I still adored them!
I am a sucker for anything about history and especially loved that the books take place in Canada.
The story of Norah and Gavin coming to Canada because of the war is a very good one. The characters are well developed and the descriptions of Canada are very apt. This book is worth reading
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Kit Pearson spent her childhood between Edmonton Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia. As a high-school student, she returned to Vancouver to be educated at Crofton House School. She obtained a degree in English Literature at the University of Alberta, and spent several years following the degree doing odd jobs or travelling in Europe.
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