THE WEIGHT OF THE SKY by Lisa Ann Sandell

THE WEIGHT OF THE SKY

Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

This lovely first-person narrative told in poetry introduces Sarah, a 16-year-old who feels misplaced in the American suburban community that she inhabits. With the pressure of college choices ahead of her, Sarah begins to wonder about her choices and about who she really is. Because Sarah’s parents understand this, they buy her a ticket to Israel for the summer. Love with an Israeli soldier, friendships with various teens and new experiences working on a kibbutz all move Sarah forward in her thinking about who she is and what her purpose might be. More than a few moments in this verse novel are poignant: Sarah’s desperate attempt to understand the Israeli’s complex feeling of compulsory army, friends who die in the ongoing conflict and the simple sensual pleasures of eating fruit off a tree are a few examples. Give this to teenage readers who are searching for perspective outside of themselves or as an alternative to the SAT grind. (Fiction. 12+)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-670-06028-3
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2006




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