The Sky at Our Feet
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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“That very night in Max’s room a forest 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 ...more
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...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
One day, Jason sees his mother taken awa ...more
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 ...more