Tuesday, April 7, 2015

For Your TBR Pile - Watch the Sky

Watch the Sky
By Kirsten Hubbard
Published: April 7, Disney Hyperion

From GoodReads
: The signs are everywhere, Jory's stepfather, Caleb, says. Red leaves in the springtime. Pages torn from a library book. All the fish in the aquarium facing the same way. A cracked egg with twin yolks. Everywhere and anywhere. And because of them Jory's life is far from ordinary. He must follow a very specific set of rules: don't trust anyone outside the family, have your works at the ready just in case, and always, always watch out for the signs. The end is coming, and they must be prepared.

They begin an exhausting schedule digging a mysterious tunnel in anticipation of the disaster. But as the hold gets deeper, so does the family's doubt about whether Caleb's prophecy is true. When the stark reality of his stepfather's plans becomes clear, Jory must choose between living his own life or following Caleb, shutting his eyes to the bright world he's just begun to see.

Thank you NetGalley and Disney Hyperion for the eARC!

My Thoughts:

Watch the Sky hooked me immediately. Jory's family is fascinating in how they blindly trust Caleb, Jory's stepfather, whose former military experience has influenced his paranoid prophecies. In her middle grade novel debut, Hubbard explores how Jory trusts in what he's been told from his parents, teachers, and friends, and how he begins to think for himself.

Hubbard does a great job exploring how trust can be rooted in a family, how scary the world can be outside that trust, and how hard it is to break away from the things you're told to explore the world you want to know. I was fascinated with Jory's mother, who was scared to be alone and was the most extreme example of trusting blindly. Also, Kit, Jory's near-mute sister, was an amazing character whose inability to speak although she knew the truth was a great contrast to Jory's emotional arc.

I'd put this book in the hand of any middle grade reader, and can see it being a big hit with educators and librarians. 

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