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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  655 ratings  ·  171 reviews
The signs are everywhere, Jory's stepfather, Caleb, says. Red leaves in the springtime. Pages torn from a library book. All the fish in the aquarium facing the same way. A cracked egg with twin yolks. Everywhere and anywhere. And because of them Jory's life is far from ordinary. He must follow a very specific set of rules: don't trust anyone outside the family, have your w ...more
Published April 7th 2015 by Disney-Hyperion
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Kirsten Hubbard
Dec 02, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: wrote, ya-highway

WATCH THE SKY is my first middle-grade novel. it's about creaky old barns, and silent sisters, and secrets, and danger, and signs in the night sky.
it's also about shovels.

I can't wait to share it with you.

more about WATCH THE SKY soon. for now, check out my pinterest inspiration board.

(photo credit JacquelineBarkla)

Honestly, this one felt like it got too unrealistic after about halfway and the ending was way too rushed and abrupt. RTC.
I’m normally not one to read middle grade books, but Hubbard’s book I had previously read was full with beautiful writing, and I knew that I’d want to experience something similar again, also who could resist this gorgeous cover?

Watch the Sky was a lot different to what I was expecting it to be, but the main character Jory really impressed me. He had lived a sheltered little life with his family, told to always question things, keep to himself and keep quiet about his family (his family had take
Nicole M. Hewitt
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

This book is really tough to review because I loved it, right up until the very end, when I thought, "Wait? That's it?" Still, I've given myself a little time to ponder it, and I think I'm okay with the abrupt ending - mostly.

The book follows Jory, whose family is preparing for - something. He's never really quite sure what - he just knows that his stepfather is sure that something bad is coming, and that they need to
Kirsten Hubbard is one of my favorites for a reason.

Like her YA titles, this is brimming with heart, with little details that tickle your nose and rest gently on you like warm sunlight through an open window. Every character is real and deep and thought-out.

Particularly a little girl who her brother believes is 98% starlight. And every word makes you believe she is.

I'm already filing this away on my "aggressively recommend to everyone I know who loves middle grade" list. Watch out.
La Coccinelle
I had hoped this would be an interesting middle-grade story with a survivalist theme. Unfortunately, like some other books in this vein, it veered off into unbelievable scenarios and unrealistic characters.

Please, dear author, I want some more...

For me, the best part about this book was its premise. I thought Jory's stepfather sounded intriguing, with all his talk of signs, and I figured he must've had a good reason for believing what he did and convincing his family to go along with it. The
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jory's mother married Caleb, and Caleb moved them out to the farmhouse on the edge of the canyon, just beyond town. Then they found Kit, a girl they'd never seen before lost in their garden, and they took her in, but told no one. Then Jory's mother and Caleb had a baby, Ansel. And then Caleb told them that the end of the world was coming. He had seen the signs. The Officials were out to get them. And they had to prepare - by digging all night, for weeks, to create a bunker for the en
Originally posted on Fables Library.

Have you ever read a book and were surprised by it’s genre? Have you ever been blown away by a super great story that you never thought would turn out as AWESOME as it did?

Well the answer for both of these (for me at least) is YES! A whole HECK YES! Watch the Sky is a Middle Grade book, not Young Adult like I thought, yet it still manages to meet my expectations and more. I am a fan of Middle Grade and Young Adult books obviously, I just didn’t know that this
Saowbia (Ever the Reader)
This book was very intriguing and interesting. I really liked the premise and Jory, the main character. I was really interested in Kit's story and background. We really didn't get to know much about her. I did not really like Jory's mother because she I felt like she was so helpless and needed someone to help her and protect her. I can't really blame her because she has been through a lot. Caleb is definitely my least favorite character. I did not trust him at all throughout the book. I found it ...more
Merrilyn Tucker
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Caleb came into Jory's life, he seemed like the man who could bring happiness security back into Jory's and his mother's lives. They moved out to a farm, took in a girl, Kim, they found out in their fields, had a baby boy, and watched for the signs that the end was coming. When Jory was placed back in school in the sixth grade, after having been homeschooled for a year, he started to make friends and enjoy himself. He loved learning! Soon, though, Caleb told the family that it was time to s ...more
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
There are signs everywhere according to Caleb, Jory’s stepfather. All the fish in an aquarium facing the same way, a cracked egg with twin yolks, red leaves in the springtime, pages torn from a library book….what do they all mean? These are signs foretelling that the end is near. They must be prepared. They must always watch the sky. They must wear their work boots or have them at the ready. Food has been pickled and canned. Batteries, flashlights, blankets and supplies are all stocked. The fami ...more
Ashley Curtin
I was really disappointed in this book. The main reason was I could not stand the dad. I found him controlling and thought the mother was crazy for following him. The ending was not that great and I felt there was no real ending. I wanted more to be solved.
Donna Blackham
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the scenery this book, it felt like a painted picture put into motion!

I loved the feeling it had to it, it wasn't a stiff story but it was smooth and fast, I couldn't put it down!
Jan 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Simply not my cup of tea. I was left feeling unsettled and haunted.
May 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-stuff, fiction
A quick, easy read. Review can be found at Ash Reads Stuff. ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. The ending was not as satisfying as I had hoped.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Nice plot overall and the way it slowly unraveled was interesting enough to keep reading.
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story was okay, but I was left with so many questions at the end. Probably won’t read again.
Grace Mitchell
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Watch the Sky is about twelve-year-old Jory and his family who, following his stepfather Caleb, are looking for signs. None of them are sure what the signs will be or what they mean.

There are times that reading on a kindle is kind of disorientating. I bought Watch the sky a few months ago but hadn’t gotten around to it. It was in the queue and as I started reading it I realized that I had NO earthly idea what it was about what genre it was, what the cover looked like or anything else aside from
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Liz Friend
The story: Jory's family keeps to themselves. His stepfather, Caleb, is sure that something big--and terrible--is coming: he says "the signs are everywhere." Jory isn't quite sure what the signs mean, but he knows Caleb just wants to keep the family when Caleb has the family start digging a bunker in the canyon behind their farm, Jory helps out even though his grades tank and his friends are starting to get curious. Somehow, Jory has to decide how to deal with the signs (and his stepda ...more
Julie Williams
Jory's stepfather Caleb is a war veteran who believes that danger is coming and doesn't trust the officials or anyone else for that matter. Although he lets Jory go to public school he keeps Kit, a mysterious girl who showed up one day and they have "adopted" and Ansel the baby at home and pretty much hidden.

When Caleb feels the signs are getting more ominous he devises a schedule for the family to dig in the canyon. At first Jory doesn't understand what is going on but soon realizes they are b
David L
Jory is a boy who lives with a not so normal family. At first it was just Jory and his mom who suffers from frequent migraines. They were barely surviving with money and the terrible job his mom had when they met Caleb (he used to be in the army). Celeb was determined to keep them safe from an great danger that is coming. They move to a fairly secluded farm where they prepare for the disaster that will come. Jory brother named Ansel is born and they find Kit, a little girl who rarely talks.. Cel ...more
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had an interesting story line and presented a new perspective upon beliefs and trust. In a way, this book could relate to a totalitarian government, like Hitler and the Nazis or Mussolini and the Fascists. The higher authority presents a belief that they are confident in, therefore you trust it and support it. However, when you see that this brings pain and loss, then you start to question that belief, and without strong evidence or proof about the belief, then you start rebelling. Tha ...more
WATCH THE SKY by Kirsten Hubbard explores the unsettling story of Jory, whose stepfather is preparing for the end of the world.

Throughout the book, Hubbard keeps readers wondering about the origin of Jory’s odd new sister and the mental state of both his parents. Will the story stick with the gritty realistic fiction tone or switch to an near-apocalyptic alien theme? The suspense holds to the very end of the book.

Readers will share Jory’s frustration with the family’s secrets and distrust of out
P.S. Carrillo
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great premise and the style of writing felt like old fashioned story telling which is perfect for a middle grade audience. The only criticism I have is that the step father could have been drawn more artfully, more "crazy" in his behaviors and dialogue and the reason for building a bunker could have been more concrete. The young boy's journey from blind belief to rebellious rage was believable and when he began to feel his isolation from the rest of the world, the writing excelled. The story bro ...more
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jory trusts his step-father Caleb, and believes what he says about the signs he sees everywhere. Jory and his mother are indebted to Caleb -- he saved them when things were really bad. And now Caleb promises to save them again, from a secret Danger that he won't give Jory details about. Instead Jory, his mother, Caleb, his secret sister, and even his baby brother are required to dig a bunker at night in the canyon outside their farmhouse. This is to provide shelter for them when the Danger comes ...more
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In search of transcendent backdrops for her novels, Kirsten Hubbard has hiked ancient ruins in Cambodia, dived with wild dolphins in Belize (one totally looked her in the eye), slept in a Slovenian jail cell, and navigated numerous desert apocalypses (usually in face paint and combat boots). But she always comes home to California.

Kirsten is the author of the young adult novels LIKE MANDARIN and W

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