Cassie's whole world seems to be falling apart. Her older brother is fighting in Iraq, which is a constant source of strife between her parents. Her best friend has completely stopped speaking to her, her little brother has stopped talking altogether, and her older sister is making bad decisions. But Cassie's perspective shifts when she discovers Blue Sky's blog. Blue Sky is an Iraqi girl but her life seems so similar to Cassie but her world actually is falling apart. As the girls begin a correspondence and friendship, Cassie is able to take strength from Blue Sky's courage and is inspired to stop running away and take back her life again. Recommended for ages 10 years and older.
A timely, eye-opening novel showing how war affects families on both sides
Ever since her brother Sef left for Iraq, Cassie has felt like her life is falling apart. Her parents are fighting over her brother having gone to war. Her smart, beautiful sister is messing up. Her little brother, who has Down syndrome, is pretending he's a Marine. And her best friend no longer has time for her. In her loneliness Cassie turns to a surprising source of comfort: Blue Sky, an Iraqi girl she meets through her blog. The girls begin a correspondence and Cassie learns that when Blue Sky says "I want my life back," she means something profound, as she can no longer venture out in her destroyed city. Cassie takes strength from Blue Sky's courage and is inspired to stop running away from the pain, and to reclaim her life.
Mary Sullivan also wrote Stay and Ship Sooner, and has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award and a St. Botolph Foundation Award.
"Sullivan gets it right."--The Horn Book
"...captures the resilience and hope that keep [Cassie's family] going."--Publishers Weekly
"Ms. Sullivan's book is bold and lovingly written."--David Mamet, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright