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 Dear Blue Sky
 Author: Sullivan, Mary

 Publisher:  Nancy Paulsen (2012)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 248 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 863586 ISBN: 9780399256844
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Siblings -- Fiction
 Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Fiction
 War -- Fiction
 Pen pals -- Fiction
 Down syndrome -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

Shortly after Cass's big brother is deployed to fight in Iraq, Cass becomes pen pals with an Iraqi girl who opens up her eyes to the effects of war.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.40
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 153697

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Range of Reading & LEvel of Text Complexity
   Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 8 → Reading → RL Literature → 8.RL Key Ideas & Details

   Kirkus Reviews (06/15/12)
   Booklist (09/01/12)
 The Hornbook (00/07/12)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 09/02/2012 Seventh-grader Cassie’s family centers on beloved Sef, a recent high-school graduate who has signed up to go to Iraq. Sef nurtures and protects his younger siblings, especially the developmentally disabled youngest child, Jack. His departure for Iraq, supported by his father but not his mother, wreaks havoc on each family member and on the parents’ marriage as well. Then Cassie receives a school assignment to read the blog of someone she’d like to learn more about. She selects the blog of Blue Sky, a girl in Iraq just her age. E-mails and blog entries round out Cassie’s first-person narrative as she learns to live with the aching loss of her brother, disintegrating friendships, and her older sister’s breakdown. 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 that life is often unfair and frequently no one cares. Readers most certainly will care, though they may fuss a bit at the lack of resolution. - Copyright 2012 Booklist.

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