A Piece of the Sky

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Russell's summer seems doomed. He's stuck in small-town Oregon without anything fun. Then a legend about an old meteorite envelops him and he makes a dangerous trip into the mountains to find the meteorite, rumored to be rare and valuable.

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Russell's summer seems doomed. He's stuck in small-town Oregon without anything fun. Then a legend about an old meteorite envelops him and he makes a dangerous trip into the mountains to find the meteorite, rumored to be rare and valuable.

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Children's Literature - Janet L. Rose
Russell and his mother are spending the summer in Oregon sorting through the belongings of his grandfather who has lost his memory. Russell wants to connect with him, but he is not sure how. Maybe he wants to connect with him to find the meteorite that fell to one of the mountain tops near their town. An old friend of his grandfather's, Leggs, also wants to find the meteorite before the ruthless Moon Face Mullins exploits it. When Leggs is found near death, Russell, his friend Phoebe, and her older brother Isaac (who is still in shell shock from a recent war), backpack up the mountain to find the legendary meteorite. After climbing for two days, Moon Face catches up with them and forces them to the edge of the cliff. In the tussle that follows, Isaac dodges Moon Face, who falls over the cliff to his death, and Isaac lands on a ledge. This realistic story is full of suspense and based on a legend about a rock sample that was found in 1856 near Port Orford, Oregon. Although many explorers have tried, no one has found the original meteorite.
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Gr 5-8 - Fourteen-year-old Russell and his mom are spending the summer in Port Orford, OR, to help transition Russell's grandfather into an assisted-living situation. While Californian Russell is unenthusiastic about being there, he does manage to develop a friendship with Phoebe, the daughter of his grandfather's new caregiver. Russell and Phoebe uncover a 100-plus-year-old mystery concerning a large meteorite lying somewhere in the wilderness (based on an actual historical account discussed in an author's note). Several historical chapters interspersed in the narrative cover the initial discovery. Russell, Phoebe, and her older brother head off into the woods to find it, pursued by Full Moon, a villain also looking for the large rock. After a dramatic fight, Russell must continue off-trail alone, in spite of all rules of outdoor safety and common sense. He ultimately finds what he is looking for, but any sweetness that might come with this discovery is clouded by the extreme danger of his decisions. However, kids won't mind the safety issues, and fans of Gordon Korman's "On the Run" series (Scholastic) will enjoy the sense of danger and the self-sufficiency of the main characters.-Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH

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Following the discovery by Dr. John Evans of a valuable ten-ton meteorite in a remote area of mountainous Port Orford, Ore., in 1856, the modern consequences swing from attempted murder motivated by greed to natural wonder born by scientific curiosity. Fourteen-year-old Russell is interested in the meteorite because his great grandfather was with the team who originally found it. He has developed a love for geology, and he's in town to help close up his sick grandfather's home. No one knows where the meteorite is except Legs, a harmless blind man, whose research in better days and foolish tenacity has kept his map secret for seven years. There is high melodramatic tension because a dangerous man is stalking Legs and his friends. This exciting treasure hunt has all the elements of a thriller, and the gun-wielding bad guy on the trail of the friends rocks the plot into hyper-mode. An entertaining light summer read. (Fiction. 11-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807565360
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Pages: 194
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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