ESCAPE UNDER THE FOREVER SKY by Eve Yohalem

ESCAPE UNDER THE FOREVER SKY

Age Range: 10 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

An American teen living in contemporary Ethiopia relies on raw courage and her knowledge of the local ecology when she’s kidnapped in this debut novel based on a real-life event. Ethiopia should be the perfect place for 13-year-old Lucy, who devours books about African mammals. But she lives in the American embassy in Addis Ababa with her overly protective, workaholic mother, the U.S. Ambassador, who insists Lucy stay within the embassy compound. Bored and frustrated, Lucy sneaks out, is kidnapped and held prisoner in the countryside. After sizing up her captors, Lucy knows she must get away, even if it means heading out on her own without water into unknown territory inhabited by lions and hyenas. Lucy tells her story in the first person, alternating between events as she experienced them and flashbacks to her life before the kidnapping. Yohalem effectively conveys the immediacy of Lucy’s terror and fear as well as her deep love for the natural beauty around her. How stalwart Lucy escapes and survives makes this an engrossing journey from innocence to experience. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8118-6653-8
Page count: 228pp
Publisher: Chronicle
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2009




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