It's Only Temporary

It's Only Temporary

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by Sally Warner
     
 

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A novel in words and sketches. ?It's only temporary,? twelve-year-old Skye McPhee writes in her sketchbook after being shipped off to her gran's in Sierre Madre, California. After all, her parents have their hands full taking care of her older brother, who's been severely injured in a car accident. So now Skye is in a new school sketching new kids and trying to stay

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A novel in words and sketches. ?It's only temporary,? twelve-year-old Skye McPhee writes in her sketchbook after being shipped off to her gran's in Sierre Madre, California. After all, her parents have their hands full taking care of her older brother, who's been severely injured in a car accident. So now Skye is in a new school sketching new kids and trying to stay invisible until she can return home.

But her new life starts turning out better than she hoped; she's making cool friends, and being away from her brother is actually drawing her closer to him. And then her sketchbook disappears and everything changes. Suddenly, Skye realizes that she doesn't want her life in Sierra Madre to be temporary after all. But does she have a choice?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7

After her brother is injured in a devastating car accident, 12-year-old Skye's life is turned upside down. She is sent from Albuquerque, NM, to live with her grandmother in Sierra Madre, CA, while Scott rehabilitates at home. Skye intends to remain as invisible as possible as she starts middle school in a new city, reminding herself that the move is only temporary and that she will be back with her family and friends in a few months. Chronicling her experiences and emotions in her sketchbook/journal, Skye relies on her art as an outlet for her frustration and feelings of helplessness. Her life improves as she makes friends with other art students and as her emails with her brother become more than just part of his physical therapy, reconnecting the siblings in a relationship they hadn't had since well before the accident. Problems arise at school in the form of a few football players who tease and bully the art students. Skye's idea to get back at the jocks and the boys' subsequent revenge make up the climax of the novel. The third-person narrative is accompanied by drawings, thoughts, and lists from Skye's sketchbook. Her emotions and reactions are believable and the closeness she gradually develops with her brother is gratifying. A solid selection that incorporates themes of creative expression, friendship, and self-discovery.-Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL

Kirkus Reviews
When Skye's brother suffers brain damage in a horrendous car accident, her parents become preoccupied with their own misery and the need to help him recover. Now, instead of heading to her expected Albuquerque middle school with friend Hana, Skye is sent off to stay with Gran in Sierra Madre, Calif. Determined to disappear into the woodwork until life at home returns to normal, Skye's one great comfort is her sketchbook, where artwork, lists and notes operate as a diary. Of course, being invisible in middle school is not easy: Friendships develop with other "art jerks"; the eighth-grade bullies make trouble. Skye begins to question the obligations of loyalty even as she discovers that absence allows an online relationship with her brother to grow. This tale has a dramatic element, but it's essentially lighthearted, with most of the plot's complications arising from normal misunderstandings. A neighbor girl with an unnamed "syndrome" (possibly Asperger's) adds a subplot that underlines the lessons learned without adding much depth. Illustrations from Skye's all-important sketchbook add visual humor. (Fiction. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101567487
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/12/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author

Sally Warner (www.sallywarner.com) has published more than twenty novels for young readers, including the Emma and EllRay Jakes series. She lives in Altadena, California with her husband and their not-so-miniature dachshund, Rocky. 

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