Out of the Blueby S. L. Rottman
Stu and his mom are heading to Minot, North Dakota, where she will assume command of the Air Force base. But this time it will be just the two of them. His brother is away at college, and their father has abruptly decided to move to Nevada. With his family scattered and his mother preoccupied with military duties, Stu finds himself on his own and adrift in this
Stu and his mom are heading to Minot, North Dakota, where she will assume command of the Air Force base. But this time it will be just the two of them. His brother is away at college, and their father has abruptly decided to move to Nevada. With his family scattered and his mother preoccupied with military duties, Stu finds himself on his own and adrift in this new environment, caught between a respect for the regimented life of the military and an aching desire for independence and freedom. As he struggles to find his way, he is pulled into his neighbors' dysfunctional family drama and becomes an unwitting participant. When tragedy finally strikes, Stu must come to terms with his own culpability. Once again, award-winning author S. L. Rottman has crafted an absorbing young adult novel that powerfully depicts the emotional turbulence of teenage life and the difficulty of negotiating complex human relationships.
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i received this book as a present but never got around to reading it. When i did begin though, i couldn't put it down. Its a heartwarming story about a son, mom and 8 year old neighbor. i would continue but i don't want to spoil anything for anyone. All i will say that there are many surprises (one of the biggest at the end of the book). Also, keep in mind, when you finish the book look at the cover and it all makes sense :)
I got this book about a year ago, and it was what really got me back into reading in general. Out of the Blue is an excellent story about what it's like to be a teenager growing up in and out of places around the country, and in an atmosphere of tradition, respect and danger like that in the United States Air Force. The morals and themes in this book are ones I think everyone in the world should reflect on, especially teenagers like myself. And yes, including myself. Community, duty, and what to do next when you've messed up and the consequences hit you hard. Get this book, read it though, and reflect on it. Even if you've learned those lessons before, the drama, humor and amazingly fleshed out characters will keep you interested and entertained the entire way though.
I obtained a copy of this book for my 13 year-old daughter and have since purchased one for her Lit. teacher. It is a my favorite of all of SL Rottman's books. The main character encounters several difficult situations, each of which is a learning experience. Parents and teachers alike could easily use this book to start conversations with thier young teens about timely subjects. The book is easy to read and descriptive keeping you interested. It was hard to put down!