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(The Animal Allies Series #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  47 reviews
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After her mother’s death, Sky leaves her city life to move in with her aunt and uncle in a small Australian town. When her mum was alive, Sky knew who she was: she was kind-hearted and full of a passion for justice, especially the rights of animals. She was also a vegan whose hero was Jane Goodall. And until recently she preferred the company of dogs to boys.

Paperback, New Edition, 252 pages
Published April 15th 2019 by Pantera Press (first published June 28th 2017)
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Sara (Alicorn Feathers)
Okay. Here’s the last line of the book’s summary, “Sometimes you have to lose everything to find yourself.”

What do you think this book is going to be about? Self discovery? That’s probably the least touched on subject in the book, and the romance was unexpectedly minimal. The book turned into the author convincing me not to eat meat, and that’s not the message I was expecting to take from this story—nor was it a message well delivered.

I disliked Sky’s character. I really tried to connect to her
Alice (Married To Books)
This is a loveozya novel, about a girl called Sky who lived with her Mum in Australia. However, she sadly passes away from cancer and therefore, Sky ends up living with her aunt and uncle in a rural town away from everyone and everything that she has ever known. Sky is a passionate vegan and has her own website and social media accounts that she uses to keep in contact with her followers: One in particular called WildRider. During a school project, Sky learns a shocking truth about a case of ani ...more
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Blog tour stop this weekend! (MAY 4 2019)

I will be hosting a giveaway on my blog for a copy of this book!

See the full review on my blog and a mini review on Instagram! (After May 4)
Aug 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately another book I didn't enjoy.
For starters from the get go the book was heavy on the vegan preach to the point that it alienates and berates those (readers) that eat meat. It was super judgey on that front but also on girls in general - popular girls were bitchy and 'normal' girls were nerdy. It seemed that the author and MC wanted us to think that she was the coolest and best girl in the world and that no one compared. But she was dull and the insta-attraction was lame. Why does ev
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Actual rating - 3.5 stars out of 5. This book was quite easy to read and follow. Not normally something I read myself but I found it interesting that the story taps into themes that I don't usually come across in YA. Themes like family and family secrets are quite normal but for a teen who has embraced the path of being a vegan and is quite passionate about animal rights and against animal cruelty were areas I found unique to the story. I enjoyed Sky as a character and how she deals with transit ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: high-school age readers
Shelves: humane-education
YA readers, particularly high school-aged girls, will find a relatable protagonist in Sky. The Australian teenager navigates problems big and small while trying not to lose sight of her values and personal identity.

Much has been said about the book's humane-issues content (both for and against), but this content is not the entire story, rather, it is a thread woven throughout the plot. I've read other "social issue" novels in which the author invented a few character names seemingly for the whol
I DARE YOU NOT TO CRY. Gorgeous Australian book, has the same feel as Thunderwith and Better For Everyone, which are also in my favourites... Sky is such a lovely main character, the setting is gorgeous, it's short and easy to read all in one go (plus you don't want to put it down!), I just wish it was longer... (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes a solid 4 stars for this book!
I stalled it for the longest time because of projects and what not! But I am so glad to have this book received from the marketing agent of a book publishing firm.
The story is about Sky who loses her mum at the age 16 and how she has to overcome her fears, loneliness and start fresh in a new town with an uncle and aunt whom she barely knows.
I am a vegan from the very early years of my life, The issue of animal cruelty brought up in the book was beautifully dea
Elaine Morris
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book, comfortable and easy to read with important messages about family, coming of age, standing up for what we believe in and love. Highly recommend to all young adults.
Milli (MiracleMilliReads)
'Sometimes you have to lose everything to find yourself"

Not everyone knows how to feel after loosing a parent. Not only you loose your family member, but you loose almost everything. Sky had to move towns and live with people she doesn't relate to, but knows that they are her family in grief. It is tough being the new girl especially when a small town there are always stereotypes and the need to be approved by the most "popular" person in school. This story is a coming of age and how even though
Julie Garner
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Sky moves from the city to country to live with her Aunt and Uncle that she hardly knows. This is a huge change for Sky, especially as in the city she was living her life as a Vegan with her own blog and was determined to do right by the animals. When she moved to the country she wanted to fit in, to belong and find a place. This meant sacrificing some of her beliefs. What was she willing to sacrifice and who can she find some peace with?
I enjoyed this book but found one particular scene confron
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sky is a beautifully moving book about a young Australian girl who although faced with difficult circumstances, finds her voice and learns to speak up for herself and those who cannot speak for themselves. Although written for younger readers Sky is a charming novel which no matter what your age will inspire the young activist within you.
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Sky, who have to move to another city because her mother is dead.

Living with her aunt she didn't know well before might be hard, but day by day, they complete as a family.

This book is so fun to read, coming of age YA i needed and so many animals!!!

I recommend you to read this book. You will not regret this.
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sky was such an enjoyable read. I found myself easily carried along, and eager to keep reading. It also touches on hugely important topics in a gentle way, and left me thinking about the ideas long after finishing the book.
Brooklyn Tayla
RTC. Thank you Pantera Press for the review copy and AusYABloggers for organising the blog tour! Stay tuned ;)
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loveozya, blog-tours
Fifteen year old Sky Lawson is grieving the loss of her mother, moving to the country town of West Creek with the estranged sister of her mother and husband. Sky is an impassioned vegan and patron for animal protection, using her Instagram account as an extension of herself and her advocacy. Isolated and alone within the small farming community, Sky is overwhelmed by her new environment including West Creek Public School, willing to compromise her integrity for inclusion. Navigating friendships, ...more
Laura Trenham
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Review to come!
Dimity Powell
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-lit
I oscillated between stars for this one as I applaud the premise and genuine attempt at portraying teeny angst and it certainly made my eyes sting with emotion at times, however occasionally Sky's tearing heart pain felt a bit too much, a bit too forced and wildly erratic even in spite of the fact she is going through an incredibly tumultuous time after the death of her mother (and yes I can appreciate that this might be the norm in situations like this but it just didn't feel solid enough for m ...more
Britt Meter
It was a pretty straight forward, easy to understand book about Sky struggling with herself in school and coping with the lost of her mother. But also it was interesting because Sky is a Vegan and also stands up for animals rights, and learning how she stands up for the chicken's rights in the factory is very insightful and how people go to lengths into protecting animal's rights. But I don't know if I should get the whole series though, it doesn't need to be a sequel it's good if it was a stand ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It strays from what has become the norm for fictional YA romances by infusing a good deal of animal compassion into the plotline, while managing to maintain elements of romance, self discovery and grief AND not being too long.
It has a really annoying/great cliffhanger, AND I CAN'T WAIT FOR NUMBER TWO!!!
Liam Alkobi
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sky was a wonderful heartwarming journey that has stuck to me since I have read the book. A ingenious story with exciting twists and turns. The book itself is relatable and I loved the main characters Sky's personality. A must read. ...more
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is honestly my most favourite book that has ever been written! I have read both Sky and snow and I am so excited for Star to come out! I own the book on my kindle as well as in paper copy and I have read it so many times that I have lost count! I highly recommend this book!
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the book and will recommend it to my young friends. It's light reading but quite inspirational as it manages to convey relevant messages in a comfortable fashion. A good read. ...more
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sky by Ondine Sherman is a touching novel about friendship, family, secrets, loss and morals. It's about doing the right thing.

This book has many layers. It focuses principally on animal protection. A very real main idea that can often be overlooked. Animal cruelty is something that a lot of people don’t give a second thought, but in this story, the issue is addressed very well. The book sends an important message. This makes the story grab a reader’s attention and turns their head to the way h
Helin (bookishuniversee)
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars*

Was sent a free review copy by Pantera Press and AusYaBloggers in exchange for an honest review. In no particular way does this influence my opinion.
TW: Grief/lost of family member,

“Sometimes an act of kindness can change the world” -Ondine Sherman, Sky

Friendship can be found in the unlikeliest of places. 
After her mother’s death, Sky leaves her city life to move in with her aunt and uncle in a small Australian town. Life in a new place isn’t easy, and Sky finds comfort in t
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sky is a fifteen year old girl who is dealing with more than the average teenager troubles. Not only has she never known her father, her Mum, who she was very close with, has just died of cancer. She has no choice but to move to her Aunt and Uncle's house, hours from the city life she is used to, to a small town called West Creek where farms replace skyscrapers; the country. She doesn't know her Mum's sister and brother-in-law very well, and struggles to get close to them at first, though not wi ...more
Kate Emily
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Sky is a great novel for a teenage audience. It tackles issues of identity, loss and grieving that a lot of people will never have to deal with. However there is a fair amount of teenage angst that I didn’t necessarily enjoy but think teenagers will relate to. You can tell the author has strong views around animal activism and protection as seen from the main character being a vegan and the issue of animal factory farming that even had me questioning my eating preferences.

I felt so much for Sky
Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)
I devoured this book. It is incredibly easy to read and the pages turn faster than you realise.
Sherman has such a great writing style, it will draw you into Sky's world and make you want to know more.

That being said, I struggled to connect with Sky, I realise she is 15 and I am definitely not, but she felt younger than that, which made her friendship drama, her reactions and her actions hard to fully get behing and relate to. I also struggled with Sky, being such a passionate vegan and animal ac
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a good read, with an simple premise of a girl trying to earn her chops as a journalist. How she goes about it, and the trouble she gets into along the way make the fun part of the story. Can a down on her luck girl catch a break after the love of life mysteriously walks out on her and sticks her with a mortgage she cannot afford, manage to get her career on the right track? While she works her way there, she has to contend with a former one-night stand, who also happens to be the ex's b ...more
Shannon Jade Jade
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Set in a small Australian town, Sky is a story with a purpose, teaching readers about the ethics of the agricultural industry (particularly as it pertains to broiler chickens). With a side of vegan promotion and a coming of age streak, Sky is the kind of children’s story that puts its moral first.

You can read my full review on the Shannon Jade Dreams blog.
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Ondine Sherman is the author of YA fiction, the Animal Allies Series, with Pantera Press. The series includes Sky (April, 2019), Snow (July 2019) and Star (August, 2020).

Vegan Living, an easy guide to a cruelty-free, vegan, plant-based life is Ondine's lastest book and will come out with Pantera Press in late 2020.

Ondine's memoir, The Miracle of Love was published in 2013 (Murdoch Books) and foll

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