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This Northern Sky

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  53 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Kate's parents are taking her on holiday with them to a cottage on a remote island in the Hebrides. Kate can't imagine anything more boring. But underneath her sulkiness, Kate is scared. Her parents have been fighting and she knows that for her parents this holiday is make or break. Once at the cottage, Kate escapes - outside, anywhere. And there she meets the warmth of th ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published July 4th 2013 by Bloomsbury Children's
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Me after finishing This Northern Sky:
.................................................................... Is that the ending?
.................................................................................Is that the freaking ending?
NO. No, that cannot possibly be the end!!
Seriously, one of the most unsatisfying endings I have ever had the misfortune to read. Hell, it was worse than the ending of Inheritance (by Christopher Paolini). My rating
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This Northern Sky is yet another brilliantly written book from Julia Green. It's the third I've read by her and is equally as good as Breathing Underwater and Drawing with Light, keeping me hooked all the way through and making it seem like summer is truly here! The whole novel takes place in the Hebredes (islands off the coast of Scotland, I believe), as Kate holidays there with her mum and dad over her summer break from school. The island and weather is described so vividly it's like you're th ...more
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
I've never read anything by Julia Green before this, but after reading This Northern Sky, I will definitely look out for her other books. I loved the really sweet and gentle tone to the story. There can be so much drama and angst in a lot of YA novels that I read so it was very refreshing to read a story like This Northern Sky. I'd love to read more gentle contemporary stories like this one.

Julia Green really writes beautifully of this island in the Hebrides that our main character, Kate and he
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with Julia's writing when I read Bringing the Summer last year, it was the first book by Julia that I have read and I have another on my shelf waiting to be read. When I saw This Northern Sky in netgalley I knew I had to request it.

This Northern Sky begins with a brief glimpse into a friendship Kate had with someone called Sam, and the mess he made, we then join Kate and her parents in a train journey as they head towards their holiday in Hebrides, it hints that this holiday is a
Tilly Currer (Hardcore Heroines)
I was expecting a sweet YA chick lit when I picked this up, and I think the synopsis is very misleading. It says ‘And there she meets the islanders, who are prepared to accept her and listen to her. And possibly fall in love with her.’ Emphasis on the word Possibly, because actually, it’s quite clear 1/3 of the way through, that’s never going to happen. They love her, but nobody falls in love with her, which I was disappointed with. However, this is a YA novel, and the focus wasn’t particularly ...more
E.C. Newman
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, teen
This is my third book to read by Julia Green. As I've mentioned before (I'm fairly proud of this fact), she was a professor of mine when I went to graduate school out in Bath, England. She's a lovely person as well, and definitely a great teacher. I loved Breathing Underwater by her which was released around when I left England. She has a great ability to create a wonderful atmosphere in her stories; some place the reader would like to hang out in with the characters. I'm not sure what it means ...more
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
What I really really love about this book (besides hearing everything in Julia's voice) is the setting. I spent all my summers in that part of the world, growing up, and I felt like I was *right there* again. Love.
Emma Bradshaw
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
How could I give anything by Julia less than 5stars. Beautiful, atmospheric writing that makes you feel like you are part of the book, one of the characters. There's something incredibly soothing about this book, even though it deals with some quite upsetting issues
Deepti Singh
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's not extraordinary, but it's simple. The kind of book you read on your commute or lunchbreak, on a spring day.
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
This Northern Sky is a beautiful book from Julia Green. It's a coming of age story that handles tough times very gently and with great attention to detail.

This story follows main character Kate and the emotional hurdles she faces after a bad breakup and her parents at each others throats. They go to the little island of Hebrides as a last ditch attempt to save their marriage and poor Kate gets trailed along with them.

Kate hates the island at first because there is no technology and everybody kno
Jul 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Kate is on holiday with her parents in the Hebrides. Her father is having an affair and the holiday is an attempt to repair the failing marriage. While on the island she meets Finn and is drawn into his happy, contented extended family. They provide the perfect antidote to her own family life that is deteriorating around her. Ultimately the message of the book is that it's okay if your parents split up. You will survive. In itself a reassuring message to any teenager suffering in such circumstan ...more
Hannah Symonds
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I was drawn straight away to this book not because of the blurb, but because of the very pretty cover. One thing I will say is that the synopsis is a bit misleading as it says "And there she meets the islanders, who are prepared to accept her and listen to her. And possibly fall in love with her. You find out quite quickly this is never going to happen. They love her, but nobody falls in love with her, which I was disappointed with. Overall I did find the book enjoyable, it is meant for teenager ...more
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I met Julia Green this summer at VCFA and she was so kind and gentle. That tone is certainly apparent in her novel, THIS NORTHERN SKY. Kate reluctantly visits the Hebrides off the coast of Northern Scotland with her parents and through the course of the trip finds out that they are divorcing. The feelings of the family are spot-on and caused me some tears. The island and its community embrace Kate and she finds herself changed and stronger for it. A great read for advanced elementary readers as ...more
Sarah Hall
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story! Life on an isolated island ruled by the weather. A story about family, friends and acceptance. I loved that this story allowed a girl and a boy to be just friends, and you see how that friendship and respect grows. I recommend this book if you are looking for a heart felt ordinary life tale!
Apr 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
I found this book very bland and boring, with no real plot. A plain main character and a boring cover. I got about half way and couldn't finish it. maybe it's just me but I thought the book could have been so much more.
Aug 29, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is very hard for me to rate, I loved it, so you would think my review would be higher, but I found it quite dull, not the descriptions in the book, they were beautiful, but the actual story itself, it was a little bit like 'so what' by the end.
shame, it held such promise.
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Love the setting (Hebrides) and writing style.
Recommended read.
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