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In the spirit of The Yearling comes the unforgettable story of a ranch hand’s daughter. Blue’s wandering mother has always told her, “Just bloom where you’re planted.” And it’s been a pretty good motto, considering how Mam never stays put inone place for very long. Then Mam gets hired as a hand at a tumble-down ranch, and for the first time, Blue sees a place she longs to call home for good. There she makes a friend in an enigmatic Shoshone boy whose search for an ancient petroglyph intrigues her. And it’s there...
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In the spirit of The Yearling comes the unforgettable story of a ranch hand’s daughter. Blue’s wandering mother has always told her, “Just bloom where you’re planted.” And it’s been a pretty good motto, considering how Mam never stays put inone place for very long. Then Mam gets hired as a hand at a tumble-down ranch, and for the first time, Blue sees a place she longs to call home for good. There she makes a friend in an enigmatic Shoshone boy whose search for an ancient petroglyph intrigues her. And it’s there that the faint lights Blue has always been able to see around people begin to shine with new energy. But Mam begins to show signs of getting restless once again, and when the father who abandoned Blue years ago suddenly shows up at the ranch, the family she always thought she wanted may not be the one her heart is craving after all.
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Gr 5-7

When Blue Gaspard's mother hires on at an isolated Wyoming ranch bordering Native lands, the place looks amazingly like the girl's fantasy home. The colored lights Blue has always seen around people and objects are much stronger, and she finds that her own lights, when focused, have the power to ease pain and induce healing in people and animals. Despite the perfect fit, she's sure her mom will have the itch to move on soon, something she's done routinely since Blue's dad left them years before. Meanwhile, Blue tends to orphaned calves, connects emotionally with a Native boy named Shawn, and enacts a plan to locate her father. Her artistic bent, mystical power, and internal musings are interspersed with outdoor action and ranch scenes. While a number of issues are piled on, from alcoholism to abandonment and Native rights to the first stirrings of romance, Blue's personality is well developed and offsets some of the too easily resolved problems that are introduced. This novel will feed the imaginations of kids who have never made it out of the city or suburbs and will have regional appeal in the rural West.-Faith Brautigam, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL

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Shuffled from place to place without a say in where she goes, 12-year-old Blue and her Mam lead a wandering kind of life. But that's before Mam takes a job as a hired hand on a long-abandoned ranch and Blue falls head over heels in love with the place. She finds that the undulating lights she sees surrounding all living things are clearer in this new space than they've ever been before. While learning to harness this power, she befriends a local Shoshone boy on a personal quest of his own. The only thing to make everything perfect would be if Blue's dad returned to the family. But when this wish is granted, suddenly Blue needs to come to terms with dreams and reality. The supernatural aspects of this story prove to be superfluous to what is already a strong novel about family and home. The author should have trusted her story without relying on healing lights and questionable folklore. Generally strong with the occasional misstep. (Fiction. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599901862
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


MACKIE D’ARGE is an artist who lives on a working ranch on the Wind River Reservation in western Wyoming. This is her first book.
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  • Posted April 15, 2010

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    Reviewed by Steph for TeensReadToo.com

    Blue is an interesting girl, and not just because her name is different. Blue has been moving all of her life, living at different ranches in Wyoming every two months. Her mom can never seem to enjoy any ranch she works on, and because of all the moves Blue has never been able to find a place that seemed like home, a place where she could "plant her roots".

    However, Blue finally finds a place where she can plant her roots and call home. She connects and saves some animals, and she even finds a boy who makes her stomach flutter every time she sees him. But then Blue's mother wants to leave, but Blue doesn't want to; she has already planted those roots.

    In the end, Blue must decide if she should pick up and go with her mom, or nurture her roots in a place that she considers her home.

    Mackie d'Arge writes a wonderful novel that is incredibly fast-paced. The reader relates to Blue and her story, fighting with Blue along every step of her journey. Readers will be enthralled with LIFTING THE SKY through all of its 310 pages.

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

    Great build up to an explosive ending

    I enjoyed the character development in this book. You felt like you were Blue, the main character all through the book. This book transports you to a beautiful western environment and the hard life of ranching. Blue has a unique gift that opens up a different perspective. She searches for the boundaries of her abilities. It is a book about growing up and new friendships as well as a good suspensful ending.

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