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The Sky at Our Feet

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  472 ratings  ·  98 reviews
This #ownvoices novel by bestselling author Nadia Hashimi tells the affecting story of an Afghan-American boy who believes his mother has been deported. For fans of Inside Out and Back Again and Counting by 7s.

Jason has just learned that his Afghan mother has been living illegally in the United States since his father was killed in Afghanistan. Although Jason was born in
ebook, 320 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by HarperCollins
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Rebecca McNutt
This book, set in New York at one of the most uncertain times in our recent history, is an excellent and evocative story of friendship, family and what it truly means to be an American. Jason's life is harrowing to read about, to say the least. He's a child who's not only facing being separated from his beloved mother due to her illegal immigrant status, but also going on an adventure with a girl his age, Max, who's pretty secretive about her own medical condition but who loves life and wants to ...more
“If you don't take risks, you'll have a wasted soul.”

----Drew Barrymore

Nadia Hashimi, an internationally bestselling author, pens a heart wrenching and extremely intriguing tale about two kids' fearless adventures around the city of Big Apple to get to an address in her new book, The Sky at Our Feet. The story revolves around a young Afghan-American boy, goes on a quest to find his beloved aunt in New York City along with a friend whom he met at a hospital, when his mother is taken away by the
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: older elementary school-age children
Dramatic tale of friendship, courage, and the heartache of a child seeing his mother detained and not knowing what to do. After an accident, he makes a friend who will give him the courage and support he needs to find someone who can help.

Jason's mother is an Afghani citizen with undocumented immigrant status, overstaying a a student visa due to tragic circumstances. When he sees her taken away from her place of employment, he is devastated and embarks on a journey to find a family friend.

I love
Sebastian Skov Andersen
I'll read anything Nadia Hashimi writes. I only wish she'd go back to adult fiction
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, 2018
Wow! This book was so good! It has a lot of determination. To hop on a train, talk to the police, get a concussion with no one there to help and guide you? That's what I can determination.
Richie Partington
Richie’s Picks: THE SKY AT OUR FEET by Nadia Hashimi, HarperCollins, March 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-242193-7

“That very night in Max’s room a forest grew
and grew--
and grew until his ceiling hung with vines
and the walls became the world all around”
--Maurice Sendak, from Where the Wild Things Are, as painted on an outdoor stairway at the Central Park Zoo

“‘I fall behind in school,’ my mom explains, continuing the story. ‘They sent me letters. I tried to explain I need time. You were so small and
Laura (bbliophile)
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases
This was wonderful
Marathon County Public Library

When two men, who do not look like customers, start talking to his mother at work in New Jersey, Jason is terrified that his mother will be sent back to Afghanistan since she is not a U.S citizen. Remaining hidden he watches the frightening scene unfold, and when he finally sees his mother riding away with these men, he knows he has to flee and try to locate his aunt in New York City. The problem is he doesn’t have much money, a cell phone, a phone number for her, or even a complete address, and

Ms. Yingling
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Jason and his mother live in Elkton, where his mother works in a laundry, and the two live in a small but cozy apartment. One day, his mother tells him that while he was born in the US and is an American citizen, she came to the US on a student visa while Jason's father remained, working as a translator for the US military. After he was killed, she struggled to raise him and has never applied for asylum, even though her friend Seema keeps telling her to. Not long after,
Simran (poetry.and.tea)
The Sky At Our Feet is a story about a young boy Jason D, and his mother who had fled Afghanistan after his father's death and now are living in America as immigrants. Written from Jason's point of view its about his adventures or should I say misadventures when he finds out that his mum is can be sent to Afghanistan by the immigration officers and police.

The story is about a delicate yet very poignant issue and gives the readers a peek into the lives of immigrants to gain a better perspective
Readers Bay
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Thing is, the reason this book gets a 3-star from me is because I’m reading it as an adult. I saw the premise of the book and I loved it esp with Trump deporting thousands of Muslim families on the border.
So it’s a beautiful take about the separation of a mother and her 12-year kid because her mother was an illegal immigrant and the kid was an American born afghan.

But halfway through the book, I googled the book and saw that it was a children’s’ book. And that made it so clear! Because the wri
The Reading Countess
If books should be mirrors, then Hashimi's The Sky at Our Feet is a floor-to-ceiling one.

Informative but not preachy, this is a tale that covers a lot of ground (pardon the pun). Adventure, politics, health and science, and the sheer love of NYC all shine through. This is a book for both guys and gals: it's fast-paced enough to keep them turning the pages, has both a boy AND a girl as main characters, and teaches without being preachy. Highly recommended!

"Do you know why we hang flags so far ab
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a lovely, caring representation of diversity including refugees, disability and genders. I appreciated that the most important people in Jason D's life are strong women: his mother, his Auntie Seema, Max, and his Doctor as well.
This is the first work of own voices fiction I have read of children's literature and it was really well done. Even the current issues in Afghanistan were sensitively dealt with and in not too confronting a way for younger/ middle grade readers.
Listened to over half of this on a car trip, and then listened to the rest when I got home, so that I can vote for it on the winter Cap Choices ballot. I don't like the reader, unfortunately (weird inflections in his voice, IMO), so I don't know whether I would have liked this better had I read it with my eyes. There is a very emotional ending, but the story feels somewhat thin to me. The author usually writes for adults, and I'm wondering whether this is her first children's novel.
Susan Ludwig
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good, realistic story of a boy and his mother who are living in the U. S. illegally. His mother is forever in fear of getting caught and being sent back to Afghanistan, and she finally shares her fears with her son, who had no idea. (not the ebook, print edition)
Twinkle Vyas
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
After 200 pages...... the story turned fascinating.....
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lovely romp around exciting New York City as a young Afghan-American boy relies on his wits, being brave and trusting others to help find help for his Mum. Ever fearful of being deported for being an illegal immigrant, Jason's Mum's worst fears are realised one morning when she is taken away from her workplace, the local laudromat, in a police car.

Jason can only look on in despair but he soons hatches a plan to get help and seek out his beloved Auntie Seema, a close friend who has always been
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Amanda - Cover2CoverMom
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, audiobooks
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*4.5 Stars*

While scanning Hoopla for my next book club selection, I saw the cover for The Sky at Our Feet and immediately read the book description. When I read that it was about an illegal immigrant mother facing possible deportation with a son that was born in the United States, I instantly downloaded it. Not only was this book going to count for #MiddleGradeMarch, but it was also going to count for #YARC2019 because the main c
Patricia Tilton
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a moving and sensitive tale about two brave teens on the run in New York City (NYC) when difficult circumstances uproot their lives. Their amusing adventure through the Big Apple showcases the city’s character with its subways, NYC Marathon, Central Park Zoo, food trucks, and police officers on horses.

The characters are authentic and believable. Jason’s strong narrative highlights the dilemma for children of undocumented immigrant families. He witnesses his mother being arrested by polic
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-voices, soyamrg
Jason D is Afghan American tween living in New Jersey. He had no idea his mother was illegally staying in America, and he thought his father died in a car accident. When he is told the truth -- Dad was killed because he served as translator and guide to Americans, and Mom stayed in America after her student visa expired and got a low-profile job at a laundromat to support them because returning to Afghanistan was too dangerous for them -- Jason worries about their future and his identity. Soon a ...more
Kristin Crouch
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Nadia Hashimi and Harper Collins for providing #collabookation an ARC of The Sky at Our Feet to share and review.
Jason D learned a month ago that his mother is an ‘illegal alien’ in the US. Then he sees her taken from her job and put into the back of a car by two uniformed men. Suddenly, he's alone.
No longer able to enjoy his mother’s care and comfort, Jason must face many harsh realities in his run across New York City to find his Aunt Seema. She is the only other person in the U
Gayle Cappelluti
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dr. Hashimi has done it again by writing a book that is informative and enlightening but also engaging, suspenseful, and very current. This time she writes of Jason D ., a young American Afghan boy who learns that his mom has been keeping a secret, a scary secret that could destroy their American dream. While watching a broadcast on TV that shows illegal aliens, his mother explains to him that after his father was killed in Afghanistan while working as a translator for American soldiers, she rea ...more
Ruth Anne
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, juv-fiction
Jason D. Riazi is an American boy, living in New Jersey and born from Aghan parents. His mother came to the U.S. on a student visa. His father, a journalist, and a translator for American soldiers in Afghanistan, was killed before Jason was born. His mother fell behind in her studies with a new baby to care for and then started receiving letters she had to leave the country. With the situation unsafe for her to return to Afghanistan, she stayed in America.

One day, Jason sees his mother taken awa
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Jason sees his mother being taken away, his world is turned upside down and he's overcome by fear of what's to come next. His mom has been living in the US illegally and had an idea that something like this would happen. The backup plan has always been for Jason to find his aunt in New York City, but the trip isn't easy.

When Jason falls and hits his head, he fakes amnesia to get out of telling the hospital staff and the cops who he really is. Here, he meets Max. She's the first person he te
Justine Ridder
I wanted to love this book because the storyline is something that is very current and not many books for this age range have dealt with the immigration subject. Jason found out that his mother (originally from Afghanistan) has been living in America illegally. Jason watches his mother being escorted from her work by two police officers. Jason's minds goes to worst case scenario which is that his mother is being deported. Jason decides to travel across New York (which he has barely left his neig ...more
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've had the privilege to volunteer to welcome a number of warm, loving, wonderful families of refugees from Afghanistan into my community in the past year, and too few of us have had the opportunity to get to know these extraordinarily hospitable, warm people. I am so happy to encounter a middle grade novel centering the experience of a child of an immigrant from Afghanistan whose mother faces the same dangers that the families of real Afghan interpreters for the U.S. military face in their hom ...more
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I hadn't realized that this book was geared towards young kids/tweens, so it was not quite the complex, hard-hitting book on immigration in the US that I was expecting. With that said, I enjoyed reading the book. The characters are well developed and very likable, and I particularly enjoyed the friendship between the main characters Jason and Max. I'd recommend this book for kids ages 10-13. It introduces kids to the human realities of illegal immigration in the US in an enjoyable and easy under ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My 10yo book lover picked this book out of 20-30 choices at a book festival. We were so fortunate to to meet Nadia Hashimi while we were there. My daughter read this book in three days during our vacation in Costa Rica... I almost could not get her to put it down to enjoy meals etc.! She really wanted me to read it as well and I have to say that this book is really well written. It helped my daughter understand more about undocumented immigrants and how it can happen so easily and without trying ...more
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