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An Uninterrupted View of the Sky
By (author): Melanie Crowder
9780147512505 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 12, Grade (US) from 7 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / General Apr 30, 2019
$14.99 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.31 x 0.8 in | 0.56 lb 304 pages Philomel Penguin Books
In this heart-wrenching novel inspired by true events, award-winning author Melanie Crowder sheds light on incarcerated families in South America—where injustice still darkens the minds and hearts of people—yet proves that hope can be found, even in the most desperate places.

In Bolivia, Francisco’s life consists of school, soccer, and trying to find space for himself in his family’s cramped home. But when his father gets sent to jail on the false charges of a corrupt system, Cisco’s mother leaves her family behind, and he and his sister are forced to move into the prison with their father. There they find a world unlike anything they’ve ever known, where everything—a door, a mattress, protection from other inmates—has a price.

Francisco’s father urges him to take his sister and head up to the mountains, where his own parents still live the way their people have for centuries. But that would mean the end of school, the end of city living, and the end of Cisco’s hope for a future. Still, as prison life grows increasingly futile, and as Francisco learns more about the abuses and corruption within the Bolivian legal system in the late 1990s, he begins to wonder whether he really has a choice.

Pulled between two equally undesirable options, Francisco feels more trapped than ever. Ultimately, he must decide: Break up his family and forfeit the education he’s dreamed of in exchange for a future outside the prison walls, or hold on to his loved ones and feed the system of corruption?

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR! Melanie is a National Jewish Book Award finalist for her book Audacity, and the winner of the Arnold Adoff New Voices Poetry Award.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM! Melanie’s first book received four starred reviews, was a Washington Post Best Book Poetry Edition and a Bank Street College Starred Book, was placed on the Amelia Bloomer List, and was an ALA BFYA Top 10 pick, an ALA Children’s Notable nominee, and an ILA Notable Book for a Global Society.

REAL-LIFE INSPIRATION: Melanie draws from real-life inspiration for the characters and events portrayed in this story—the result of time spent teaching in Bolivia, and one particular student she befriended during her stay.

FOR FANS OF HISTORICAL FICTION! For readers of thrilling historical fiction, like Salt to the Sea and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

GLOBAL DIVERSITY: This story shines a light on a corner of the world not often found in YA literature, supported by Melanie’s firsthand knowledge and extreme care. The story has being vetted by representatives of Bolivian mestizo and Quechuan cultures.

ADDITIONAL CONTENT: This paperback edition will include an updated author’s note from Melanie, detailing the ways in which the story she’s written her—about kids in prisons—resonates today. It will also include a discussion guide.

Melanie Crowder (www.melaniecrowder.net) lives on the Colorado Front Range where she is a writer and educator. She teaches English to non-native-English-speaking students at her local school and holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Follow Melanie on Twitter at @MelanieACrowder.

Author Residence: Colorado

Praise for An Uninterrupted View of the Sky:

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"Crowder delivers a disturbing portrait of innocent families trapped in corrupt systems, as well as a testament to the strength of enduring cultural traditions and the possibility of finding family in the unlikeliest places." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

? "Readers will feel utterly invested in Francisco's various challenges....A riveting, Dickensian tale set in 1990s Bolivia." —Kirkus, starred review

? "Themes of poverty, social injustice based on ethnicity, violence toward women, coming-of-age, romantic love, and a sliver of precarious hope are woven into the plot. This poetic, historical novel is an important addition to libraries given its focus on the consequences of U.S. involvement in Bolivian politics." —School Library Journal, starred review

"[A] trenchant novel...This hard-hitting, ultimately hopeful story will open readers’ eyes to a lesser-known historical moment and the far-reaching implications of U.S. policy." —Booklist

Praise for Melanie Crowder's Audacity:

A 2015 National Jewish Book Award finalist
A Washington Post Best Children’s Books for April: Poetry Edition
A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens
An ILA Notable Book for a Global Society
An ALA Top 10 Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick
An ALSC Notable Children's Book nominee
A BCCB Blue Ribbon winner


? "Crowder breathes life into a world long past....Compelling, powerful and unforgettable." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

? "This book stands alone....an impactful addition to any historical fiction collection." —School Library Journal, starred review

? "With a thorough historical note, glossary of terms, and bibliography, this will make an excellent complement to units on women’s rights and the labor movement, but it will also satisfy readers in search of a well-told tale of a fierce heroine." —BCCB, starred review

? "This is an excellent title that can open discussions in U.S. history and economics courses about women’s rights, labor unions, and the immigrant experience." —School Library Connection, starred review

"Based on the true story of Clara Lemlich, Audacity throbs with the emotions of this exceptional young woman who fought for equal rights and improved labor standards in factories. Melanie Crowder’s verses spit out Clara’s rage, cradle her longing and soar like the birds that are her constant companions." —Bookpage

“Crowder’s use of free verse in this fictionalization of Russian-Jewish immigrant Clara Lemlich’s life brings a spare poignancy to a familiar history.” —Publishers Weekly

“[A]n evocative reimagining of a fascinating historical figure. Melanie Crowder’s powerful verse reveals a long-past world...inspirational to teen readers longing to right the injustices of our day.” —Margaret Peterson Haddix, critically acclaimed, bestselling author of Uprising

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