Wednesday, September 11, 2013

SKY JUMPERS by Peggy Eddleman Review and GIVEAWAY! US only

What happens when you can't do the one thing that matters most? Twelve-year-old Hope Toriella 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—Aaron 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. Inventing won't help her make it through alive, but with Aaron and Brock's help, the daring and recklessness that usually gets her into trouble might just save them all.
Want to win a copy of SKY JUMPERS? Scroll allll the way down and find out what you can do to enter! (US ONLY)

Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: September 24th 2013 by Random House Children's Books

First line:
" You would think I'd never jumped off a cliff before, based on how long I stood there."

Good pacing, interesting characters and loads of adventure will keep any reader engrossed in SKY JUMPERS. Hope lives in a town of were inventions are not only a talent that most everyone possess but making inventions is also a life-saving product. 
After WWIII and the "green bombs" have destroyed the world, the people in White Rock feel safe under a deadly cloud named Bomb's Breath. Anyone who breathes in the noxious fumes will die. But Hope and her friends have found they can jump through the cloud, and while holding their breath, float through to the mountain side.
But as with any secure feeling, the peace is soon disrupted when bandits come to town. It's up to Hope and her friends to save the day by going over the treacherous mountains and bringing back White Rock's garrison. 
I really liked Hope and her hero's journey, both literal and figurative. Hope doesn't fit in with her town because she is not an inventor. And yet, she has other strengths that will help her in her journey. And that's the truth with all of us isn't? We all have unique strengths. Our weaknesses can become strengths as well.
Peggy does a great job with word building, characterization, pacing and dialogue. This is a book I'd recommend to middle grade readers and up. It would make a great read aloud book for families as well. 

Peggy did an interview on my blog here if you want to hop over there and read all about her and her favorite snack.

Rating: PG
V: Bandits, a couple of people get shot
L: No
S: No

The cover
Her friends
The Bomb's Breath
Hope's journey

Trilogy (though I would definitely read the rest of the series!)

Thanks netgalley!


Peggy Eddleman is the author of the middle grade post-apocalyptic adventure SKY JUMPERS, to be published by Random House in Fall 2013. She lives at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains with her three hilarious and fun kids (two sons and a daughter), and her incredibly supportive husband. Besides writing, Peggy enjoys playing laser tag with her family, doing cartwheels in long hallways, trying new restaurants, and occasionally painting murals on walls.

You still with me? Leave me a comment on your favorite middle grade book OR go to goodreads and add SKY JUMPERS to your list OR give a big shout out to Peggy! (You can do all three but I'm only giving one entry per person).  
I'll draw a winner using and post on the 18th.

Here is the schedule of the blog tour:

 Sky Jumpers – Blog Tour

September 11th: Taffy’s Candy
September 12th: Smack Dab in the Middle
September 13th: Once Upon a Story
September 14th: Inky Elbows
September 15th: Society of Young Inklings
September 16th: Me, My Shelf & I
September 17th: Kayla’s Reads and Reviews
September 18th: The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
September 19th: Kid Lit Frenzy
September 19th: Word Spelunking
September 21st: The Mod Podge Bookshelf
September 22nd: The Write Soil
September 23rd: The Hiding Spot
September 23rd: Literary Rambles
September 23rd: Nerdy Book Club
September 24th: OneFourKidLit


Angelica R. Jackson said...

My favorite MG book from when I was in that age bracket was The Forgotten Door by Alexander Key. Gave away my copy to a nephew finally, but I loved that book!

Jennie Bennett said...

So excited for this book! Yay Peggy! Do I have to pick a favorite MG? I like so many... hum. Maybe The Giver? Or maybe Despereaux? don't make me decide!

Donna said...

I won an ARC and can't wait to get my hands on this. I've been wanting to read this story for forever!

Chantele Sedgwick said...

Can't wait to read this one! I LOVE Peggy! :D One of my favorite middle grade books is Fablehaven. The whole series. And Percy Jackson. :)

Janet Johnson said...

So excited for Peggy!

And do you know how hard it is to pick a favorite MG?! So, so many I like. Artemis Fowl, A Hero's Guide to Saving your Kingdom, Harry Potter . . . Gosh, I really can't choose. It's all about mood. :)

Karlene said...

I just added it to my Want to Read list on GoodReads. :)

Danyelle Ferguson said...

My kids' current favorite MG books are Case File 13: Zombie Kid by J. Scott Savage and The Kindling by Braden Bell. We would love to try out this book, too! Congrats, Peggy!

Sean and Janet Eyring said...

Favorite MG book is any one of the Ranger's Apprentice series. Also props to Peggy on the new book! :)

Sean and Janet Eyring said...

Favorite MG book is any one of the Ranger's Apprentice series. Also props to Peggy on the new book! :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great review. I really liked Hope too and the whole idea that she had to find her talent. Don't enter me in the contest. I have an ARC to giveaway on the tour too.

Celeni said...

So happy for Peggy! I can't wait to have my kids jump into this book. Right now they love Harry Potter, Fablehaven... just depends on which kid and which mood.

Carrie Butler said...

I can't wait to get this for my nephew! I'm totally going to commandeer the book when he's done. :) Hooray for Peggy!

Jessie Humphries said...

Five stars from me too! No wait, I give it six out of five stars. Yes, I am allowed to do that! ;)

The Woff Pack said...

I am so excited to read Peggy's book. We haven't started another book yet as a family so that we can start this one when it comes out. :)

Nichole Giles said...

Hooray for Peggy and Sky Jumpers finally being released. *cheers*

Mindy Holt said...

That's a hard question. I will have to go with Harry. But I've been looking forward to reading this.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to say that some of my favorite MG books are the Harry Potter series. There are so many others that could be mentioned. : )

CONGRATS to Peggy!

Janelle Youngstrom said...

Peggy taught an awesome MG panel @ Storymakers this year. If her book is anything close to as good as her panel I am definitely buying it & referring it to all of my friends. Favorite MG read recently: The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby. Great character development!

Erin Cabatingan said...

Sounds like a fun book! I love lots of MG books, but one that hasn't been mentioned yet is Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby.

Kathryn Purdie said...

I honestly haven't read much MG, but the Harry Potter series is one of my favorites--in any category--books three and six, especially. I'm psyched to read Peggy's book, though, and plan on reading it to my kids, as well. :-)

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