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Sky

Title

Sky

Illustrator

Mary Jane Gerber

Publisher

Groundwood Books

Publication Year

2004

ISBN

9780888995636

Pages

83 pages

Genre

historical

Format

chapter book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Eleven-year-old Georgia lives with her grandparents, Paw Paw and Gramma, on the edge of the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. Spring comes, and it rains and rains until one afternoon the creek behind their house suddenly becomes a wall of water, washing away everything the family owns: their house, their barn, and even Daisy, the only stuffed animal Georgia has ever had. Through sheer determination, Georgia and her grandparents gradually rebuild their lives, but it's not until Georgia finds Sky, a foal that somehow survived the flood, that the family begins to heal and find meaning again despite their losses. Based on the true story of Georgia Salois and written in the haunting voice of a young child, Sky vividly describes the historic flood of 1964 and its effect on Georgia and her people. Their courage in overcoming disaster, poverty, and discrimination provides young readers with a compelling portrayal of endurance.

Grade Level

K-3, 3-5

Topic

Family Relationships; Family member death; Legal guardianship; Poverty; death of a mother; death of a father; death of a brother; grandparents raising grandchild; impoverished family

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

Native American

Family Formation

multi-generational

LGBTQ+

none

Awards

Best Children's Books of the Year, 2004
Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006
Choices, 2005

Keywords

floods; horses; foal; grandparents; family life; Montana; rain

Diversity Impact

direct

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