Monday, June 4, 2018

Blog Tour Review—Just Under the Clouds bubble Melissa Sarno

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published: June 5, 2018
Genre: Middle Grade
Source: Print ARC

Can you still have a home if you don't have a house?

Always think in threes and you'll never fall, Cora's father told her when she was a little girl. Two feet, one hand. Two hands, one foot. That was all Cora needed to know to climb the trees of Brooklyn.

But now Cora is a middle schooler, a big sister, and homeless. Her mother is trying to hold the family together after her father's death, and Cora must look after her sister, Adare, who's just different, their mother insists. Quick to smile, Adare hates wearing shoes, rarely speaks, and appears untroubled by the question Cora can't help but ask: How will she find a place to call home?

After their room at the shelter is ransacked, Cora's mother looks to an old friend for help, and Cora finally finds what she has been looking for: Ailanthus altissima, the "tree of heaven," which can grow in even the worst conditions. It sets her on a path to discover a deeper truth about where she really belongs.

This was a debut? This read like a well seasoned author that knows how to pack a punch—in all the right ways. Cora, sweet Cora, is in middle school and struggling to get by. She’s not doing so well in school and not to mention she and her family are homeless. Cora has a sister named Adare, whose a special soul. 

Everything changed when their dad died—leaving Cora to grow up far faster than she ever should. Her pride and joy is the tree book that belonged to her father and of course her sister, Adare. Being homeless can obviously take a toll on even the strongest of people. But Cora and her family take it in stride. It made me sad to see that these beautiful people would have to endure such pain as not being able to call a place home. 

Overall, readers will more than likely have their eyes open to such a traumatic experience. Hopefully, it will bring empathy and compassion to those who go through this type of thing everyday. 

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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About the Author:
My debut novel, JUST UNDER THE CLOUDS, will be published by Knopf Books for Young Readers in Summer 2018.

Learn more about me on my website.

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