Dear Blue Sky

Dear Blue Sky

by Mary Sullivan


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142426678
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/01/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 345,408
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

 Mary Sullivan also wrote Stay and Ship Sooner, and has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award and a St. Botolph Foundation Award.

What People are Saying About This


“Sullivan’s first novel for younger readers bears her trademark spare delivery, a good choice for Cassie’s tension-filled life. Fully dimensional characterizations bring depth to the story as Cassie matures and begins to understand the hard truths.”

From the Publisher

“Both timely and timeless. . . . The struggles that Cassie goes through are applicable to any era. Sullivan’s prose allows us to feel the bittersweet acceptance and love each family member has for the others, and we leave feeling the same for Cassie as she must feel for her brother: hope for her future well-being and the joy of living in the present.”

Library Media Connection

“Works on many levels. . . . Cassie is strong and level-headed. . . . Hand this to readers who are interested in family dynamics and who understand what it’s like to send a loved one to war.”

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Dear Blue Sky 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is the book so sad some one tell me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shows you about the other side of the war. A great example of hope and trust.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First comment were you in dg because it sound very familiar
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dear Blue Sky is a little sad,but its a great book.Cassie's brother is fighting in Iraq.When her teacher asks her to read a blog about something that interests her,Cassie instantly gravitates torward one by an Iraq girl.Cassie and the girl find they have several things in common despite their very different lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago