Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman.
Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 2013
List Price: $16.99
Review: Maybe you've heard of a cliffhanger--- this book is cliff jumping for a way of life. The book Sky Jumpers was full of suspense and written by Peggy Eddleman! The main character is Hope Toriella, a twelve-year-old girl living in a post world war three world.
The main character, Hope Toriella, spends most of her time facing situations that seemed to have no solution. For example, there was an important kind of medicine that held the key to saving Hope's town, however it was located in a deadly environment that when you take a simple breath, you die. She needed to get the medicine for her village quickly. There happened to be a bandit next to her that wanted it too, so the bandit made her go and get it. She somehow managed to get it and come out on the other side alive. He told her to throw it to him, and threatened to burn her village down if she refused. If she gives the bandit the medicine, then everyone in the village dies. If she tries to get away, then he will get to the village before her and he will burn the village down. He comes up on the other side of the deadly air space, and she decides to run. She runs up a mountain and comes to a cliff. She remembers from science class that if she rolls when she hits the ground, then her forward momentum would save her. So she quickly makes her decisionÉ
Sky Jumpers is really a good book for both girls and boys because the book has so much suspense and the story line is really intended for either gender. I also think that the book would be for 6th grade or higher because of the complexity that it provided. For example, words like Ameiphus were really hard to understand. I loved how they made the suspense continue for so long that you could read for the whole day and not leave a suspenseful part. For example, when I read that a battle was going on between a village and bandits trying to raid them and kill them, I continued to read for hours. Not only that, but when you felt that relieved feeling and you think everything is safe, then next thing you know you're filled with suspense. For instance, Hope gets away from the bandit, and the next thing you know the bandit is right next to her threatening to burn down her village. I think a person in middle school or higher should not pass this book on for something else because I assure you that this book will be better than the next book you select. I also really liked it because it was kind of an underdog story, and it really changes your view on the world. The reader will become immersed in the futuristic time period. This book has you turning the pages until there are no more to turn. Check out Sky Jumpers now!
Review written by Alex (6th grade student).
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