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The Year We Fell From Space

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  168 ratings  ·  51 reviews
The deeply affecting next book from acclaimed author Amy Sarig King.

Liberty Johansen is going to change the way we look at the night sky. Most people see the old constellations, the things they've been told to see. But Liberty sees new patterns, pictures, and possibilities. She's an exception.

Some other exceptions:

Her dad, who gave her the stars. Who moved
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Neil (or bleed)
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Year We Fell From Space is a well-written, moving middle grade novel about divorce and mental health. Specifically, this is the story of children stuck in the middle of their parents' divorce and how they are affecting by this separation.

Liberty's character is realistic and genuine yet quite infuriating, at times. But it's understandable as she is experiencing a bad thing, which is the divorce of her parents.

She's acting irrational as a way to cope and process all of these things and it's
Ms. Yingling
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
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Liberty's parents are both interested in hiking, camping and out door pursuits; her mother writes about these things, and her father introduced her to astronomy. Liberty likes to draw star maps and create her own, modern constellations. Her father struggles with depression, and when the parents separate and he moves out, he doesn't follow through on visitations, and it's a long time until the girls see him. In the meantime, Liberty finds wh
Garance J. Bonadonna (The Nerdy Bookseller)

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This book is absolutely wonderful, and I can't wait for it to come out so I can share it with you guys.

This is the story of Liberty, 12, stars mapmaker. This is the story of her parents divorcing and how it felt like falling from space. This is the story of a meteor. This is the story of how mental health should be seen vs how stigma tarnishes it. This is the story of life.

This is the second book I read by A.S. King and it certainly won't be the last.
It is so utterly authentic and healthy. She knows ho
I read this in one sitting.

And then I read it again.

Liberty is 12 years old and reeling from her parents' separation. She's outside working on a star map (on which she creates her own constellations, which help her to focus her mind and process things) when a meteorite comes from the sky. Liberty wants her parents to reconcile, and bargains with the night sky, with the meteorite, to make it happen. It doesn't. She can't find the constellations in the maps from the week he
Coming October 2019. At 12 years old, Liberty uses her star maps, which she uses to find new constellations. She really needs this coping mechanism since Dad moved out, but for the first time it's failing her. How can she explore, name, react and fix what is happening without it? Such an important book for everyone--but a way in for those who love preteens to start conversations around emotions, where they come from, what they reveal, and what it means to deal with them in various (helpful and u ...more
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: j-fiction, own, arc
Great middle school novel dealing with divorce and depression.
Ives Phillips
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A tale following the despair of divorce and how it damages everyone, The Year We Fell From Space does more than explore the manifestation of mental illness in both children and adults, it it paints it in big, red letters on a banner and waves it; it blares it from the speakers loud and clear, until people can't keep sweeping the existence of mental illness under the rug and politely ignore the large bump in the middle of the room.

Every part of this book was a punch to the gut, which is a rare and as
Laura Gardner
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5/5 for The Year We Fell From Space, a strange, but deeply affecting #mglit novel about the pain of divorce and how it impacts the entire family.

@as_king_ knows how to break your heart with words. Liberty's pain and emotions about her parents' divorce (which is introduced on page 1!) is so hard to watch and of course that's what makes it realistic. She talks to the meteorite she's keeping in her room about the possibility of her parents getting back together even as part of he
Laura Ungureanu
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss

Liberty is a witty little girl. She has a strange way of coping with her parents' divorce. She draws maps of the stars and instead of connecting the old constellations, she connects the dots in some new way, creating different patterns. It's a piece of what her father taught her, which is helpful now that she doesn't see him anymore.
This book deals with divorce, depression, secrets, and bullying. Every one of these subjects is treated in a wonderful way. I can't even begin to
I received an ARC of this book at BEA 2019. It was excellent. A.S. King writes the story of 12-year-old Liberty's experience with the separation/divorce of her parents. Liberty's dad has depression, it has effected their family. He moves out and so begins the year they fell from space. Liberty has problems with bully's in school and fears she has depression like her father. Liberty wants to help everyone in her family (her parents and little sister), but she also has to learn to help herself. Li ...more
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heart-tugging book about divorce and mental illness and lies and friendship. Anyone who deals with kids should read this to get a look at how depression can affect young people. And the author's note has possibly life-saving information about where children, teens, parents, and teachers can go to get help.
Nadia King
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Year We Fell From Space is Amy Sarig King’s second middle-grade novel. The world falls apart when Liberty Johansen’s parents sit her and her sister down to tell them her dad is moving out.

But Liberty’s dad is the person who the budding-astronomer shared her star gazing with, he was her “guiding star”. Everything changes the day Liberty’s dad leaves, it was like Liberty fell from space.

What really struck me about this book was the way King (no relation to me) portrayed
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
So good! Liberty is dealing with her parents divorce and has stopped drawing her star maps that she and her dad used to draw together. A good story about a parent dealing with mental illness without being an issue book that’s only about the parent. I loved the scenes with the meteorite. Liberty is a kid going through a hard time not coping well, and trying to figure out the adults in her life.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I felt like crying the entire time I read this. It's perfect.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent story about a 12-year-old girl dealing with her parents' divorce, mental health, starting middle school, and stars. Highly recommend.
Sandra Guzman
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved how the author incorporates astrology into the story and you find yourself learning!! Its easy to read with a good flow and offers an an insight on how this family tries to find their way through a family breakup. The mental health aspect is also important and its brought up in a way that a young person can understand. Great story!
Stephanie Bange
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Life drastically changes for Liberty and her sister when their Dad suddenly moves out of their home and her parents decide divorce. It becomes more difficult when they realize they are not being included in the process. As a result, Jilly withdraws and isolates herself. Liberty acts out angrily as she explores her feelings about the changes that are being thrust upon her. It takes time; however each member of the family starts to heal by the end of the book, as they see the expectations of their ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The Year We fell from Space", Is definitely one of my favorites. It's about a girl struggling to adapt to her mom and dad's divorce. She's also having a really hard time getting used to her dad's new girlfriend that now lives with him. Through it all she's having trouble at school but manages to fix everything by the end of the story. I love this story because it can relate to a lot of kids and me. Overall I suggest this book to everyone.
Ava Budavari
God. I don’t even know if I have the right words to talk about how this book impacted me. If I had to pick one word to describe it, it would be healing. This is the book I wish I had when I was younger and going through the same things as the main character. It allowed me to gain some closure for my past. It felt like that little girl that I was, screaming for someone to listen to her, was finally heard. Really heard.

A.S. King is my favorite author of all time. She has impacted me so
Heather H.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish I had the words to do this book justice. I think it'll be one of those books that will become exceptionally important in the discussion of not only depression, but mental health overall. It addresses depression in a way that isn't shameful or harmful, but rather brings attention to it in a way that makes it easier to understand. Amy King's writing is beautiful, and I'm certain this one is going to stick with me for a long while. Though it's categorized as a middle grade novel, The Year We ...more
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-mt-bookpile
Another MG book from Amy Sarig King that blends a lonely/unhappy child with something somewhat magical. Instead of an environmental crisis (as in Me and Marvin Gardens) we have astronomy and the creation of new constellations by Liberty. She's obsessed with stars and finds a meteorite that she begins talking to (yes, it answers back) partly in response to the stress she's feeling at home. There's a lot here about divorce and depression as well, and I wish the information and resources about that had bee ...more
Liberty’s dad deals with depression and her parents have just separated. The 12-year-old and her younger sister Jillie are thrust into an unfamiliar world as they come to terms with how they relate to each of their parents. Liberty’s narration has plenty of humor and heart, but also immerses us in her pervasive anger, her isolation, and her fear that she may have inherited her dad’s propensity for depression. Authentic and refreshing and original.
Sally Kruger
I didn't always believe it, but eventually I learned that we can't know what another individual is thinking and feeling. Author Amy Sarig King captures this perfectly in THE YEAR WE FELL FROM SPACE. We may think we know what makes our loved ones tick, what fills their minds and hearts, but all we can really do is be there to listen and to love them as we all deal with often unimaginable issues.

Liberty and her younger sister Jilly's world is crumbling. When their parents announce they

So yep, I’ve just read a Middle Grade book that was so good I’d recommend to adults. A lot can be learnt from this story.

A family that breaks up.

The constellation in the sky seems on track, planned and focused.

But when the parents split, a rock falls to earth. A heavy burden for the kids in that relationship to handle.

Dad has his mental health problem that afflicts him. But did they really break up because of that?

This is a well written well thoug
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, b-b, children-s
The meteorite adds a welcome touch of the fantastic to what is otherwise an often grim (but ultimately hopeful) story about a girl navigating a difficult sixth grade year in which she's been "excommunicated," her parents' divorce, her father's depression, her fears about her own mental health, and the start of middle school.

Liberty's parents aren't perfect, but they're believable. Her mom is clearly working really hard to help her daughters feel safe. Her father's behavior is regrett
Kim McGee
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Liberty is having a rough year. She is starting middle school, her parents are divorcing and she doesn't get why people can't be figured out as easy as the stars and constellations she studies. Liberty can't help feeling like she and her family are much like the meteorite she discovered in her back yard - they have fallen out of orbit and are in unfamiliar territory. In a quiet but purposeful way, the author tackles some very real issues that middle school kids go through every day. Growing up, ...more
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Year We Fell From Space, by Amy Sarig King, is an amazing tale about a girl named Liberty, and her struggles holding together a fractured family. Some of my favorite things about this book, is that it really talks about how everyone in a family reacts, and what happens, in a divorce. It shows that everyone is different and acts different ways. Liberty shows courage, and leadership by supporting her mother and father, getting her sister to be more like her old self, and making friends/staying ...more
Alina Borger
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sixth grader plans to change the world by showing people how to create their own constellations out of the night sky—until she becomes “part-owner” of a divorce. Then she (view spoiler), a task she begins to understand is both impossible and undesirable.

In her inimitable style, King tackles family, mental health, b
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great middle grade book that deals with divorce and mental illness. The main character, Lib, feels realistic and genuine in the way she reacts to the situations going on around her (her parents divorce, her dad's mental illness, school). Having never had to deal with the things Lib did, I feel like it was a good representation and kids going through similar things will be able to relate to her character. It is also a good read for adults to help understand how/why children react in cer ...more
Becky Carleton
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Liberty Johansen is one of the most authentically-drawn heroines of kid fiction I’ve read. Honest, irreverent, and original, Liberty copes with the universal emotions of confusion and fear that adolescent Earthlings face daily, especially when we throw divorce, middle-school mean girls, and bullies into the stew. If I were a twelve-year-old, I’d want to be one of Liberty’s best friends. As a parent, this stellar stargazer gives me hope for the future of our planet.
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A.S. King is the author of the highly-acclaimed I CRAWL THROUGH IT, Walden Award winner GLORY O'BRIEN'S HISTORY OF THE FUTURE, REALITY BOY, 2013 LA Times Book Prize winner ASK THE PASSENGERS, 2012 ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, and 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ and THE DUST OF 100 DOGS as well as a collection of award-winning short stories f ...more