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Sky Jumpers: Book 1

By Blair Jackson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Tween girl risks life to save town in gripping future tale.

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Peggy Eddleman's SKY JUMPERS is a different sort of postapocalyptic tale. There's almost no technology left on earth, and the town of White Rock, ND, where the story's set, is largely agrarian, with more horses than machines. Eddleman does a fine job of painting a vivid picture of this town and the surrounding landscape and of the passionate and committed settlers who are trying to build a comfortable new world in this remote and desolate land. Eddleman also knows how to spin a good action yarn: The harrowing journey that Hope, her friend Aaren, and Aaren's little sister, Brenna, make in the last third of the book is tense and exciting.

Sky Jumpers should be a relatively easy read for most kids in the 8 to 12 range, and, though Hope is the narrator and thus the center of the action, this is not a "girls' book" in the way many YA books are. Boys should be equally captivated by the gripping story and Hope's monumental struggles against (bad) men and nature.

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