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Dear Blue Sky
by Mary Sullivan
by Mary Sullivan
Aug 02, 2012
Read from August 16 to 28, 2012
I was struck by the beauty of this cover and premise and couldn’t wait to dive in. Cassie’s beloved brother Sef is fighting in Iraq. As he leaves the family seems to fall apart at the seems. Her special needs brother, Jack stops speaking because of a neighbor bully. Her sister Van becomes emo over a boyfriend and starts drinking. Her mother flirts with her best friend’s father. Now her best friend has dumped her and Cassie feels lost. Her 7th grade social studies teacher assigns the students to read the blog of a person their age from another county. Cassie discovers a blog by a young girl who lives in Iraq. She calls herself Blue Sky. Cassie begins to see a different side to this war through the eyes of Blue Sky. This starts Cassie on a journey of self discovery. She finds new friends. I love that this character does not have to change who she is or hide her pain to make those new friends. The bond of this grieving family is interesting to watch. Particularly how they band together to love and support Jack. Even with their pain and personal struggles they find a way to come back to each other. What comes out of that is a very real portrait of a family dealing with the “new normal” as they miss a loved one who they may never see again. Many young people out there may know someone fighting in either Iraq or Afghanistan and may identify with the characters in this story. This book will give young readers a great perspective about how different sides of a conflict see things very differently and how understanding those differences is expands our minds and creates room for compassion to grow. I also love the references to Robert Frost.
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