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Where the Sky Lives

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Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this novel.  

Where the Sky Lives is a sweet novel about letting go of grief and activism! When Tuesday finds out that there will be a housing development where she lives, she is upset. Astronomy is one of her favorite things to do, which was taught to her by her late Uncle Ezra. It is one of the only things left of him, and she is worried that the light pollution will ruin the night sky. When Tuesday finds evidence of an endangered species living there, she goes on a journey to try and save the park. 

This was a sweet book and I enjoyed the story. However, I feel like the ending was not very conclusive and I would have liked a bit more backstory. Overall, a heartfelt read that would be a good pick for any middle grade reader who likes environmental activism.
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Thank you to the publisher for the e-ARC of this title. I really enjoyed this unique look at Zion National Park through the eyes of one of it's longtime residents. This is a great book for fans of Carl Hiaasen's middle grades, as it incorporates a fair amount of eco-awareness, It does a nice job dealing with grief, highlighting the magic of photography, and cultivates an amazing friendship.
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Tuesday Beals is a 12 year old with many interests in the outdoors, the night sky, and the wonders of Zion Park where she lives with her archeologist Park Ranger mother.  Having adventures with her friend Carter helps assuage some of the deep sorrow she continues to feel over the loss of her beloved Uncle Ezra a year ago, who was a father figure to her and encouraged her scientific side.  Tuesday is upset to find out that a large tract of land adjacent to the park might soon be under real estate development, with potential damage to the environment, and a loss of the deep dark skies that make her astronomical viewing with her telescope so rewarding.  A serendipitous discovery of a camera, discarded by the Park’s current artist-in-residence,  a rather reclusive man with his own personal sorrows, leads Tuesday to new adventures in photography and some new supporters of her work.  Can Tuesday find and photograph proof of endangered animals on the preserve that is in danger of development?  Can she solve the last riddle that Uncle Ezra left for her and her mother (who is deeply mourning the loss of her only sibling), so that they can find the last resting place for his ashes that he wanted?  I found this book to be engaging, informative, and well crafted – with lots of information about Zion and the environment, while still keeping the human elements of Tuesday’s story front and center.  Strongly  recommended.
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Tuesday lives in Zion National Park while mom works as an archaeologist and ever since Uncle Ezra, an astronomer, died her mom has seemed more distant and less fun. Things aren’t the same without him because they don’t go camping and look at the stars. One day Tuesday finds a poem that Ezra left behind and she wonders if there are clues in it. Tuesday gets her friend Carter to help her search the Hedges Ranch where they are going to be building. The kids see a possibly  endangered animal but aren’t sure what it is. They convince  Lyla Redding, a You-tuber conservationist to come out and lend her support. Lyla has an idea. Will it work? Tuesday has an idea to help her mom move on from her grief because Ezra said “ the only way to end something is to go through it” and “the stars are where we come from.”  Does her mom move on? Can they all save Hedges Ranch from being developed which will ruin being able to see the sky and stars?
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