I have been looking forward to this book for a long time! Peggy Eddleman has an inspiring story and this book has been in the wings for quite some time and it has finally been released and is receiving praise all over. I'm currently reading Sky Jumpers and I can tell you that Peggy's writing is crisp, full of strong voice--I love Hope's character--and you won't be able to put it down once you start. Seriously, when I got my book, I was going to read just the first chapter and the next thing I knew I was on chapter 5.
I can't wait to read this book to my girls. It is a middle-grade reader, perfect for their ages (8 & 10 yrs) and I know they'll love it.
I also love the setting that Peggy has created. Sky Jumpers is set in the future in a dystopian society after WWIII. The book includes a map of the unique circular layout of the town of White Rock and there are so many things that will draw readers in about this little place surrounded by the bomb's breath.
If you're looking for a great read and you need a suggestion for that perfect Christmas gift to give to your readers age 8-14, get a copy of Sky Jumpers!
Here's more about Sky Jumpers:
Twelve-year-old Hope lives in White Rock, a town struggling to recover from the green bombs of World War III. The bombs destroyed almost everything that came before, so the skill that matters most in White Rock—sometimes it feels like the only thing that matters—is the ability to invent so that the world can regain some of what it’s lost.
But Hope is terrible at inventing and would much rather sneak off to cliff dive into the Bomb’s Breath— the deadly band of air that covers the crater the town lives in— than fail at yet another invention.
When bandits discover that White Rock has invented priceless antibiotics, they invade. The town must choose whether to hand over the medicine and die from disease in the coming months or to die fighting the bandits now. Hope and her friends, Aaren and Brock, might be the only ones who can escape through the Bomb’s Breath and make the dangerous trek over the snow-covered mountain to get help. Inventing won’t help them, but the daring and risk-taking that usually gets Hope into trouble might just save them all.
Praise for Sky Jumpers:
“Adventure and wonder permeate this tale, making it a fun, quick read. Eddleman brings a strong sense of atmosphere, and the underlying message—that it’s possible to contribute in unexpected ways—is a positive one.”
“In a world where everything we know must be reinvented, twelve-year-old Hope and her best friends Aaron and Brock are faced with the challenge of defending their home and protecting their future. A post-apocalyptic adventure young readers will love.”
-Marianne Malone, author of The Sixty Eight Rooms Adventures
Peggy had a really fun website and blog. You should check it out http://peggyeddleman.com/pe/
Here's her blog address: http://peggyeddleman.blogspot.com/
I received an ARC of this book and was thrilled to give my honest opinion to my readers. Thanks!