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Sky Jumpers

Book 1

Peggy Eddleman

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Description

Escape one danger. Jump into another. . . .
 
“Eddleman brings a strong sense of atmosphere to this post-apocalyptic coming-of-age piece, and the underlying message—that it’s possible to contribute in unexpected ways—is a positive one.” —Publishers Weekly
 
Twelve-year-old Hope lives in White Rock, a town of inventors struggling to recover from the green bombs of World War III. But Hope is terrible at inventing and would much rather sneak off to cliff dive into the Bomb’s Breath—the deadly band of compressed air that covers the crater left by the bombs—than fail at yet another invention. When bandits discover that White Rock has priceless antibiotics, they invade. With a two-day deadline to finish making this year’s batch and no ingredients to make more, the town is left to choose whether to hand over the medicine and die from the disease that’s run rampant since the bombs, or die fighting the bandits now. Help lies in a neighboring town, but the bandits count everyone fourteen and older each hour. Hope and her friends Aaren and Brock might be the only ones who can escape to make the dangerous trek through the Bomb’s Breath and over the snow-covered mountain. For once, inventing isn’t the answer, but the daring and recklessness that usually get Hope into trouble might just save them all.

A Texas Library Association’s Bluebonnet Award 2015-2016 Master List Selection

From the Hardcover edition.

Publishers Weekly Review

Aug 12, 2013 – In this fast-paced debut novel, a group of children risk their lives to save their village from bandits. Set several generations after World War III wiped out much of civilization and left old technology unreliable, the story focuses on 12-year-old Hope, arguably the worst inventor in a society obsessed with recreating lost devices and techniques. Her true talent involves leaping off cliffs to float safely through the Bomb’s Breath, an invisible, deadly haze left over from the war, a practice forbidden by her father. But when White Rock is invaded by those looking to steal precious antibiotics they’ve developed, Hope and her friends brave the Bomb’s Breath to seek help in a harrowing journey made worse by the dead of winter. While the focus on inventions occasionally borders on hard-to-swallow, a general sense of adventure and wonder permeates this tale, making it a fun, quick read. Eddleman brings a strong sense of atmosphere to this post-apocalyptic coming-of-age piece, and the underlying message—that it’s possible to contribute in unexpected ways—is a positive one. Ages 8–12.
Sky Jumpers
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  • Category: Action & Adventure
  • Published: Sep 24, 2013
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
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