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Searching for Sky
by Jillian Cantor


Overview - Sky and River have always lived on Island, the only world they've ever known. Until the day River spots a boat. Across Ocean, in a place called California, Sky is separated from River and forced to live with a grandmother she's just met. Here the rules for survival are different.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Sky and River have always lived on Island, the only world they've ever known. Until the day River spots a boat. Across Ocean, in a place called California, Sky is separated from River and forced to live with a grandmother she's just met. Here the rules for survival are different. People rely on strange things like cars and cell phones. They keep secrets from one another. And without River, nothing makes sense. Sky yearns for her old life where she was strong and capable, not lost and confused. She "must" find River so they can return to Island, but the truth behind how they ended up there in the first place will come as the biggest shock of all.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781619633513
  • ISBN-10: 1619633515
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
  • Publish Date: May 2014
  • Page Count: 276
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.58 x 5.9 x 0.97 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.93 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Love & Romance
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Action & Adventure - Survival Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Multigenerational

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-05-19
  • Reviewer: Staff

Two teenagers, stranded on a deserted island for most of their lives, must acclimate to the modern world after they're finally rescued, in Cantor's (Margot) fascinating, existential coming-of-age story. Sixteen-year-old Sky—who's never known anyone but her companion River, her now-deceased mother, and the enigmatic Helmut—is suddenly forced to accept a grandmother who's a stranger and a world full of mysteries and contradictions, where words don't always mean what they seem. As Sky learns more about the Island from those around her, her positive memories are replaced by suspicion, anxiety, and uncertainty. All Sky wants is to reunite with River and return to the only place she considers home. Cantor shrewdly filters modern civilization through Sky's limited understanding—"So I get into Car Cave, and I let her tie a rope around me, which she promises will keep me safe"—but Sky ends up a fairly passive, reactionary protagonist as she struggles to understand complex human relationships against a backdrop that feels cold and foreign. The poetic portrayal of psychological isolation is hampered by superfluous subplots; nevertheless, Sky's story leaves a quietly haunting impression. Ages 12–up. (May)

 
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