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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Guest Post (Debbie Mutford) Kit Pearson: The Sky Is Falling

I don't feel like I have much to say about the book. It's great! It meets all my expectations for a children's novel. Of course, the ending is a little touching and neatly wrapped but it's written for children so it kind of has to be. There is a lot of introductory historical content about WWII with enough detail to maintain children's attention (fighter planes) without any hatred or disturbing gore. The main characters are British children who lived with the threat of war all around them until they are sent to Canada where the war seems strangely distant and has less of an impact on daily life to those around them. I think Pearson has done a splendid job. It is an easy read but with substance for any age reader.

5 comments:

Robert said...

A 'thumbs up' from me, as well!

I had occasion to read this book to a 12 year-old a couple of years ago. It had him engrossed and I was quite happy to read along as well. I thought it was a nice piece of youth lit.

Christine said...

An old favourite of mine. Looking at the Moon, the immediate sequel, is even better.

Michele at Reader's Respite said...

YA/Middle reader lit has just enthralled me recently and it's my fastest growing wishlist. I'll be picking this one up (and Looking at the Moon - thanks, Christine!).

Thanks for posting this!

JK said...

And THEN you can read "The Lights Go On Again (the third - and possibly final - book in that series).

"Looking at the Moon" was one of my favorite books as a kid. I also read a lot of Madeleine L'Engle around that time, and for people like Michele who are interested in that age range, L'Engle is also superb: both her fantasy {like "A Wrinkle in Time" and her non-fantasy (like "Troubling a Star")

debbie mutford said...

Years ago I read all three books in the Kit Pearson trilogy; however, I remembered very little about the stories except that I liked them. I'll probably read the other two between now and the end of the challenge.

Other great books in this age-range include:
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

I read Tuck Everlasting to middle schoolers as a read-aloud and it made for some fabulous conversations.

I used The Giver for literature circles with the same class and even reluctant readers were taking the book home to read ahead. It's fabulous! Hmmm...maybe I'll have to read it again, too.