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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  419 ratings  ·  105 reviews

The country is at war, terrorists strike at random, widespread rationing is in effect, and the power grid is down. But thirteen-year-old Sky Brightman is remarkably untouched by it all. She lives off the grid on sixty acres of rural New Mexico ranch land with chores to do and horses to ride and no television or internet to bring disturbing news into her family's adobe hou

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by HarperCollins
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Brooke W
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved It!
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I don't know why I expected this to be a young adult dystopian book. I mean, it kind of is, but not in the conventional way that Hunger Games and others have made us grow accustomed to. But more in the sense of an alternate reality.

Saving Sky looks at the events of 9/11 and asks the question, what if more terrorist attacks happened. What if the United States was under hyper awareness and systems and issues were caused as a result. Much like the alarm bells of the Cold War and hiding under desks,
Marley P
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-19-books
This was a nice short read. It had a good message and if you're looking for an enjoyable short book this would be a good option. The only thing I didn't like was that the ending was a bit abrupt.
Jul 01, 2011 rated it liked it
I liked this book: it was interesting, and moved very quickly (I literally read it in about 2 hours)! The two main characters feel genuine and I swiftly became engaged in what would happen to them.

Sky is a twelve year old growing up in a hippie-style, off-the-grid New Mexico family during a not-too-far off time in which terrorists have gained an upper hand in the U.S. After attacks on the oil production facilities, all citizens with suspect ancestry are arrested and sent to deportation centers,
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wow! This book is a scary look at a future that could be. It isn't as far off as a lot of dystopic books are. I can truly see how this one could easily come to pass and that makes it more scary than anything I have read in a long time. The plot is good and the characters are even better. They are not perfect, they have their doubts, but they do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. This is a book written for children and it does show this future world from that perspective. There ...more
Anna Motteler
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing

You can't judge a race/ethnic group based on what a few of them did. Honestly? If we did that, we'd be racist against ourselves considering all of the Caucasian people who go around murdering others. You just can't do it. Who cares if someone is a different race or has a different religion, get over it. Life is life, stuff happens, you move on. Someone may have a different skin color than you do, who cares?!

Have your niece read this, your daughter, your nephew, your son. Anyone and everyone you
Tara Chevrestt
Jul 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a novel aimed at the pre teen crowd. For adults, it is a very short read, but still very thought evoking. It has a very good, strong moral that never grows old. It's about how when afraid, people often need to pin the blame on someone and too often, this finger pointing leads to hate and racism. There are good and bad people in all races, countries, and religions. You really cannot blame them all for the errors of one...

This novel is a "what if" book.. What if the attacks of September 11
Christy Brown
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the best YA books I have read recently. I can't wait to teach this book. I plan on using it in conjunction with a book about Japanese Internment camps and one about Concentration Camps. I would love to see the comparisons that my students can find between the three time periods and the three types of imprisonments. ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading a lot of YA books lately as my kids bring them home and I try to keep up. I was bored so I picked up this one even though it looked like an odd choice for an 11-year-old boy. The story is basically a near-future dystopia story where the US is under constant terrorist attacks. The government has already carried out an "America for Americans" campaign where undocumented immigrants were rounded up into detention camps and deported. Now in the face of more terror attacks, they are ...more
Superb story on social injustices. Reading this through the discerning lens of a Biblical worldview, however, this leaves me with a distaste for the worldview of this author. Includes moon worship?, winter solstice ceremony, good spirits watching over us and speaking blessing over strangers who have died. The Bible says Jesus is the light of the world and brings light into the darkness. Also, Romans 1:25.
Kai The Spooky One
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really loved the book because it was really action packed. I couldn't stop reading it. But the reason why I gave it four stars is because some parts are boring or that I didn't understand the conflict. Still, I would recommend reading it. ...more
Izzy  P.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-2019
This book was pretty short and I did read through it quite fast. It was a sweet, emotional story with fun characters.
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
I love this book. It shows that anyone can be brave in any circumstances. Sky was a truly brave character. Congratulations to Diane Stanley for making an inspiring story.
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A sweet and beautiful, poetically written middle grade book. Taking place in New Mexico, Sky and Kareem are wonderful characters, full of courage, and it will be a long time before I forget them.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jana Tenbrook (Reviews from the Stacks)
Saving Sky is a good, albeit highly idealistic and slightly odd, story about a young girl growing up in an era defined by war. Against this backdrop, she learns the importance of standing up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
The story is set in a fairly realistic alternative version of modern-day United States. Sky Brightman is a seventh grader who lives outside of town on her family’s farm. The farm is extremely environmentally friendly and almost entirely self-sufficient, so when t
Destinee Sutton
I appreciate what Diane Stanley is trying to accomplish with this book: What if the War on Terror escalates and our world is drastically changed? Rationing, attacks, fear, panic, etc. grip the nation and our leaders make some ugly choices. They treat people of Arab decent the same way people of Japanese decent were treated after Pearl Harbor. What would you do if they were going to take your friend away just because of where his parents were born? Would you be brave?

Now let me be cynical: An id
Dec 11, 2010 rated it liked it
I thought this book was ok but I think the message that it sends might have been better served coming out say 5-7 years ago when the 9/11 attacks had taken place and there were prejudice against people hailing from that region of the world. The book revolves around Sky and her family her live an alternative lifestlye in a time were terrorist attacks in the U.S. are rampant and their is rationing of fossil fuels, certain tyes of food, and other non-renewable resources that are targeted. Sky and h ...more
Nia Tucker
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sky, who is 13 years old, lives in New Mexico with her parents and younger sister, Mouse. Sky's parents have protected them from basically the whole outside world since it was becoming violent. Especially since the first attack on 9/11, when a bridge was taken out. The attacks began to happen so often there was steps officially enforced on how to handle the exact situation. Sky lives on a ranch, they don't have a TV or internet. If something happens they have a relative, Aunt Pat, who tells the ...more
Kristen Herzog
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Saving Sky by Diane Stanley is an interesting book that takes place in the near future. Sky's family lives in New Mexico on a farm. Her mom is a nurse in Santa Fe, her dad is an artist but because of the war currently shoes horses. Sky also has a younger sister, Mouse. This family of four lives out in the country and lives very conservatively due to the fact that there is a war going on. They depend upon solar power to heat their water and provide electricity. They heat their home with a wood st ...more
It's hard to say if this is a future or an alternate recent history, but either way, it totally works. In this world, 9/11 has extended into a long series of terrorist attacks all over the United States. Oil is scarce, the black-outs are rolling and the citizens are both fearful and dangerous. Sky lives with her family on their New Mexico ranch. Their house and land are off the grid; they use solar and wind power, have no TV or internet and use their cell phones only in dire emergencies. Sky is ...more
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Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Lost what I had originally written. I do remember my chief disappointment was that I had trouble in believing in the future world the author tried to create. Although more fantastic I felt Shusterman made a better case for his future world of Unwind. As I was reading the story I kept asking myself how could be the terrorists could hit America so hard that they were crippling our economy. I had to wonder what in the world happen to Europe. I really couldn't see us standing alone in such a situati ...more
Nov 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Very well done examination of courage in the face of religious and racial prejudice, incredibly relevant to current issues. The protagonist Sky and her quirky but lovable family are well-drawn, although some readers may take issue with their hippie brand of pseudo-spirituality. Mention is made of issues like Japanese internment camps and deportation of illegal immigrants, but only very briefly. I would have liked to have seen more discussion of those issues although that would have interrupted t ...more
Beth Dailey Kenneth
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vsba2010, j-fic
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Only started to read this. Didn't finish because it wasn't what I was looking for at all. Its plot, as seen in reviews and descriptions, is very appealing to me. Isolated New Mexico ranch, apocalyptic scenario, coming of age, political themes touching on immigration. However, this really is a kids' book, yet I'm not sure if kids would enjoy it. It's one of those books where the author commits the egregious mistake of using their own far-bygone generation's narrative tone, speech, and social norm ...more
Lisa Houlihan
I picked this up from the "staff recommends" shelf while I was waiting for my Read-Aloud backpacks and read it during my docent shift: no investment of expectation or care. So whatever.

However. How do two young hippies own 60 acres near a national forest and Santa Fe on the income of a nurse and a farrier? If a mob stands by while innocent people are harassed in a store, why, six months later when the situation is worse, would an audience listen quietly to a child read something about those inn
Luisa Benson
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sky Brightman lives in a New Mexico in the near future when the country is at war with terrorists striking at random and widespread rationing in effect. Buy Sky’s family remains relatively untouched on 60 acres with their own apple trees, horses, solar panels, wood burning stove and more. After oil refineries are hit by the terrorists, President Bainbridge signs a National Security Directive allowing Department of Homeland Security to hold certain people in custody for the duration of the war. S ...more
Emily W
Dec 22, 2012 added it
Shelves: 2nd-quarter
This was a great and interesting book! I liked the plot. I thought the book was a modern take on the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Sky is just a normal girl, who lives on a small ranch in New Mexico. Little does she know, her world is about to change. In the future, there are too many terrorist attacks to count. The government is starting a series of arrests. And her friend, Kareem, is the next target. Sky's family takes him in, and they hide him. Can they keep him a secret? (Spoiler alert: They can' ...more
Sep 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Ages 9+

In a near future, terrorist attacks on American soil have only intensified. Seventh grader Sky lives in New Mexico with her hippie parents, who have safeguards in place that allow them luxuries that are often disrupted by terrorist attacks: hot water, solar powered transportation, homegrown food, etc. When a series of attacks results in the incarceration of people of Middle Eastern descent, Sky's family takes in her classmate Kareem, in spite of the fact that it is illegal to do so.

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Diane Stanley is an American children's author and illustrator, a former medical illustrator, and a former art director for the publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons. Born in 1943 in Abilene, Texas, she was educated at Trinity University (in San Antonio, TX) and at Johns Hopkins University. She is perhaps best known for her many picture-book biographies, some of which were co-authored by her husband, Peter ...more

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