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All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  706 Ratings  ·  128 Reviews
Jack Catcher's parents are dead—his mom died of sickness and his dad of a broken heart—and he has to get out of Oklahoma, where dust storms have killed everything green, hopeful, or alive. When former classmate Jane and her little brother Tony show up in his yard with plans to steal a dead neighbor's car and make a break for Texas, Jack doesn't need much convincing. But a ...more
Hardcover, 227 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published June 21st 2011)
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3.5 stars
It was hard to remember when all the earth hadn't been thrown to the sky.
This is my first Lansdale but I've known about him for quite some time. He's one of those authors who mixes up genres in crazy, imaginative ways and writes equally strong across the spectrum of storytelling styles (including gobs of graphic novels). I know him as a horror writer because his name always shows up for the Bram Stoker Awards and he just received the Horror Writer's Association Lifetime Achievement Awa
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller, ya
This novel is Lansdales second young adult novel, Boar was his first, it is suitable for all ages, from young-adult upwards.
This was another fine example of the great storytelling that he can produce. The is being suitable for young adult contains no profanity or sex.

This story is about youth and loss, the main character a young man and two other individuals a brother and sister cross paths and bond with common harsh realities in their past and present and so they take to the road on a sort of j
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lansdale's YA novel about three children orphaned and adrift during the Great Depression starts out as not very YA. In the first few pages, one child's father hangs himself, another father dies under a overturn tractor to the indifference of his daughter and son, and the three children are stealing a car. Lansdale was never a writer who would sugarcoat life and he doesn't do it here. Yet All the Earth, Throw to the Sky will thrill the teen who wants their protagonists to be full of life and smar ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3* e mezzo
Un bel libro d'avventura, incalzante, nel quale c'è una ragazzetta tosta e disinvolta, e a me le ragazzette toste e disinvolte piacciono parecchio, soprattutto quando girano in salopette, sono sporche e impertinenti, intortano e comandano a bacchetta un paio di ragazzini e anche qualche adulto.
Lansdale ha mestiere da vendere: l'ambientazione, negli anni della depressione e delle tempeste di sabbia, credibile; la storia avvincente, senza sbavature, senza incongruenze (ci sono stata att
Andrea Santucci
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ora mi piacerebbe sapere perché le migliori storie che ho letto e che hanno protagonisti dei ragazzi sono scritte da autori famosi per i loro romanzi pieni di sangue e budella sparpagliate sul pavimento. Una è "Il corpo", scritta da Stephen King poco meno di trent'anni fa, che ancora considero una delle migliori novelle di sempre. E ora c'è Joe R. Lansdale con questo "Cielo di sabbia".

Un romanzo di passaggio e maturazione, tra l'altro del genere che preferisco, quell'on the road in cui non è tan
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
An almost perfectly awesome adventure story hobbled by too-poetic title and dull cover that makes it look like one of those "good for you" books. This book is not good for you. This book is awesome. Well, it might be good for you too, but it is first and foremost a rip-roaring adventure story full of bank robbers, hobos, alligators, carnival wrestlers (okay, just one), and three plucky orphan kids on a road trip during the dust bowl. The ending is spot-on perfect, too. Would never have picked th ...more
Annabelle Marie Veronica
Nov 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Historical fiction gurus and people who can stand less-than-perfect grammar
Shelves: coming-of-age

Oddly enough, this book touched me. I put off reading it for a long time, a really long time, but by the time I really got around to reading it I was pleasantly surprised. It could have been better, but it could have been far worse. I really only had one major problem that kept this book from getting a higher rating, but I'll get to that later. And check out that title; it's gorgeous!

It took me a while to connect with Jack, actually, but once
J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: coming-of-age
A great story about a family during the dust bowl of the 1930's. Wonderfully done by Lansdale.
Katlyn Darrah
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Your on you own with both of your parents dead. You don't have a plan on what to do until a former classmate, Jane Lewis and her younger brother Tony show up in your front yard with the idea to steal their dead neighbors car and ditch their town.
"All the Earth Thrown to the Sky" by Joe R. Lansdale, is an engaging novel for young adults. This story throws twists and turns at you in the most unexpected times throughout the book that kept me reading for hours and hours.

Jack Catcher, one of the m
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, non è La sottile linea scura. E a me i romanzi on the road non è che piacciano poi così tanto.
Detto questo, però, Lansdale è indubbiamente un grande narratore, in grado di inventare personaggi riuscitissimi. Jane, in particolare, è un'adorabile sbruffona bugiarda, che riesce a ingannare chiunque inventandosi avventure ancor più mirabolanti di quelle che i tre protagonisti di questo romanzo si trovano a vivere.
Tre orfani in fuga dalle tempeste di sabbia dell'Oklahoma: Jack, il narratore, ha a
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have read some Lansdale in the past and I am a big fan of his southern setting and his characters and development of those characters. However, while cruising through the library I didn't really remember that Lansdale was around, and I looked at my bookshelf and saw his books, and a switched clicked and I thought, "Hey! Lansdale! Let's see what he has available." and viola! All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky. What I didn't know at the time was that this book was a YA book, but honestly, you coul ...more
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, libraryread-tcpl
I'm a relatively new fan of Joe R Landsale, (I've read 2 short-story collections) and was interested to see him write something for the young adult market.

I tore thru this short novel in a matter of a few hours- it was that good! I was expecting something on the supernatural\horror side (given my previous experiences w/ Lansdale), but the desolation of the Oklahoma Dust Bowl and the adventures Jack, Jane & Tony go thru were harrowing enough as is; the absorbing plot and sympathetic characte
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I am a sucker for books that take place during the Dust Bowl, and this one does not disappoint! I have to say, it has a serious start, but there is humor here too. It was interesting to see where the author took the story, and the ending was so neat. This book is good for younger teens, but I think it will take some selling. I am going to try very hard to get my teens to read this book...I know they will really like it!
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: narrative
Un Lansdale di questo livello, lontano dalla coppia Hap&Leo, non lo leggevo dai tempi di In fondo alla palude. Storia "cattiva" solo fino a un certo punto, finale dolceamaro molto azzeccato e un bello spaccato dell'America in uno dei suoi momenti più bui. Lansdale riesce a farti sorridere anche dopo aver fatto seppellire al protagonista il padre suicida. E questo non è da poco.
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it

So glad I wasn't trying to make a living back in the "dust bowl". These kids did what they could to survive. Short read with lots action packed into book Good and bad people out there. Have to learn who to trust
Lara Frater
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable depression era novel from Lansdale!
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finished this within a day. A part of that can be credited to the shortness of the book (about 220 pages and a large font) but it's also just an incredibly fastpaced read. You will not get bored reading this. The story is set in the 1930s and tells about three kids (I'm still not sure about their age, honestly) who lose their parents to the dust storms in Oklahoma, and they decide to leave and head for Texas. During their trip they encounter gangsters, grasshoppers, train jumpers and kidnapper ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Superb book! I would have finished it in a day but I was just too caught up with my own life. This was the first novel I've ever read by Lansdale and I plan to read many more. His words fall off the page and land straight into a tiny tv in my head. I could visualize everything and it was beautiful.

A book that can be read again and again.
Danny Farham
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lansdale smashes it out of the park again. Is he actually capable of writing a bad book? This is another coming of age novel from Lansdale, and it's a little more tame than the zBottoms, but the pace, dialogue and emotional depth make it worth the journey.

- Danny
Nathan Cabaniss
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful young adult novel that carries that Lansdale charm and wit. Lighter and more sentimental than what the author is usually known for, but no less impactful than the very best of his work.
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it
It gave good realistic examples of things that actually happened during the Great Depression/Great Dust Bowl. It involves little romance and a lot of gansters.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is tremendously well written book. Highly recommended. Part traveling yarn, part history lesson of the Depression and Dust Bowl, part funny and quite poignant.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this book.

Not my favorite of his, but still outstanding! I laughed a little, and worried for the characters. I chewed my fingernails to the quick!
Judy Pancoast
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Joe Lansdale is simply the best storyteller I've ever read. I always win when I pick up one of his books.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great story, incredible characters. Another terrific book from Joe Lonsdale.
Carlyn Greenwald
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book truly lived up to every good quality an adventure novel should have: a wonderfully portrayed setting, smart characters, and twists and turns that truly throw the reader for a loop along with our three protagonists.

The Depression Era was the perfect time period, and it truly serves as a book that needed to be written about the time period. I’m a bit of a history buff, and this book was a thrilling and complete picture of the time period. The book begins in a Dust Bowl ravaged tiny town
Apr 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I've been reading Joe Lansdale for a long time. I haven't been there since the beginning, but I discovered him around 1994 and found a lot of reasons to come back to him. He has a very natural storytelling style, he tells stories with great theme and atmosphere, and his voice doesn't disappoint. Not all of his stories are big hits (Lost Echoes and Leather Maiden weren't as good as Sunset and Sawdust), but even when they're a miss, they're still enjoyable reads.

All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky ha
LeAnn Suchy
Mar 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Originally reviewed at Minnesota Reads.

Joe R. Lansdale wrote my favorite short story in the Stories: All-New Tales collection, so when I saw a library display featuring a young adult novel by him, I didn’t even read the book jacket before I checked it out.

When I was only ten pages into All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky, I was sold. It begins during the Great Depression in Oklahoma, where the horrid sandstorms ruin crops and cause bloodcurdling respiratory diseases. Jack Catcher’s mother has died
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Summary: Jack is an orphan- his mother died of dust pneumonia and his father hanged himself- and he cannot take it in Oklahoma any more. The dust bowl has officially taken over and is sucking the life out of everything it can. While determining his plan, Jane, a neighbor girl, and her brother, Tony, trudge into his front yard looking for help because they too have lost everything in their lives. The three decide to steal a dead neighbor's car
Amy Lignor
Oct 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Mom stopped breathing…Dad hung himself from a broken heart…and Jack Catcher is a young man left alone, living during the Depression in a small hovel in Okalahoma. Not only do readers meet Jack during one of the most awful times in his young life, but they also sit with him as the huge sandstorm blows outside, covering everything in a hideous layer of dirt, dust, and debris.

Jack Catcher is on his own now and has literally no idea what to do. Fate offers a helping hand as one day, he looks through
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Champion Mojo Storyteller Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over forty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in more than two dozen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-e ...more
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