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    9781773062419 EPUB, $14.95 9781773062426 Kindle, $14.95
  • Reading Levels

    Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient: V Lexile measure: 730L Guided Reading Level: V
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    Distributor: UTP Distribution Supplies to: CA Availability: Available On Sale Date: Aug 01, 2019 Carton Quantity: 56 $16.95 CAD
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    Distributor: Publishers Group West Supplies to: US Availability: Available On Sale Date: Aug 01, 2019 Carton Quantity: 56 $16.95 USD
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Clear Skies
By (author): Jessica Scott Kerrin
Jessica Scott Kerrin

Imprint:

Groundwood Books - Toronto

ISBN:

9781773062402

Product Form:

Hardcover

Form detail:

Printed dust jacket
Hardcover , Printed dust jacket
English

Audience:

Juvenile: Age (years) 8 - 11, Grade (CAN) 3 - 6, Grade (US) 3 - 6
Aug 01, 2019
$16.95 CAD
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Dimensions:

7.5in x 5 x 0.8 in | 0.57 lb

Page Count:

144 pages

Illustrations:

10 black-and-white
Groundwood Books Ltd
Groundwood Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Exploration & Discovery
  • Short Description
As the US/Soviet Space Race heats up in 1961, eleven-year-old Arno finds his dreams of becoming an astronomer exploding like an extragalactic supernova.

As the US/Soviet Space Race heats up in 1961, eleven-year-old Arno finds his dreams of becoming an astronomer exploding like an extragalactic supernova.

It is the summer of 1961, and eleven-year-old Arno Creelman wants nothing more than to be an astronomer. His claustrophobia rules out flying in a cramped space capsule, so instead, Arno dreams of exploring the galaxies with powerful telescopes back on Earth.

Arno’s first move: Enter a local radio contest and win a visit to the new observatory that is about to open near his town. The ribbon will be cut by Arno’s idol, Jean Slayter-Appleton, a renowned astronomer whose weekly columns Arno clips for his own notebooks. When he finally manages to phone in and correctly answer the skill-testing astronomy question, Arno is thrilled.

Then a new boy moves to the neighborhood, and he seems to challenge Arno in every way. Robert even believes in astrology, which Arno argues is not a science at all. Before long, Arno is feeling left behind, on the outs with his friends and even abandoned by his beloved dog, Comet. How did Arno’s dream become a cosmic nightmare?

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Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

Jessica Scott Kerrin is the author of the newly launched Lobster Chronicles series and the best-selling Martin Bridge series. She lives in downtown Halifax, Canada, and once owned a nutty Springer Spaniel who inspired this book.

Clear Skies is a winning middle-grade novel which deals with both mental-health issues and the wonders of space exploration (along with a bit of 20th-century history) in an accessible, non-threatening manner. - Quill and Quire

A quiet reminder that the stars are not out of reach, with work and well-timed help. - Kirkus Reviews

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