Sky Jumpers (Sky Jumpers Series #1)

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Escape one danger. Jump into another. . . .
 
“Eddleman brings a strong sense of atmosphere to this post-apocalyptic coming-of-age piece, and the underlying message—that it’s possible to contribute in unexpected ways—is a positive one.” —Publishers Weekly
 
Twelve-year-old Hope lives in White Rock, a town of inventors struggling to recover from the green bombs of ...

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Overview

Escape one danger. Jump into another. . . .
 
“Eddleman brings a strong sense of atmosphere to this post-apocalyptic coming-of-age piece, and the underlying message—that it’s possible to contribute in unexpected ways—is a positive one.” —Publishers Weekly
 
Twelve-year-old Hope lives in White Rock, a town of inventors struggling to recover from the green bombs of World War III. But Hope is terrible at inventing and would much rather sneak off to cliff dive into the Bomb’s Breath—the deadly band of compressed air that covers the crater left by the bombs—than fail at yet another invention. When bandits discover that White Rock has priceless antibiotics, they invade. With a two-day deadline to finish making this year’s batch and no ingredients to make more, the town is left to choose whether to hand over the medicine and die from the disease that’s run rampant since the bombs, or die fighting the bandits now. Help lies in a neighboring town, but the bandits count everyone fourteen and older each hour. Hope and her friends Aaren and Brock might be the only ones who can escape to make the dangerous trek through the Bomb’s Breath and over the snow-covered mountain. For once, inventing isn’t the answer, but the daring and recklessness that usually get Hope into trouble might just save them all.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/12/2013
In this fast-paced debut novel, a group of children risk their lives to save their village from bandits. Set several generations after World War III wiped out much of civilization and left old technology unreliable, the story focuses on 12-year-old Hope, arguably the worst inventor in a society obsessed with recreating lost devices and techniques. Her true talent involves leaping off cliffs to float safely through the Bomb’s Breath, an invisible, deadly haze left over from the war, a practice forbidden by her father. But when White Rock is invaded by those looking to steal precious antibiotics they’ve developed, Hope and her friends brave the Bomb’s Breath to seek help in a harrowing journey made worse by the dead of winter. While the focus on inventions occasionally borders on hard-to-swallow, a general sense of adventure and wonder permeates this tale, making it a fun, quick read. Eddleman brings a strong sense of atmosphere to this post-apocalyptic coming-of-age piece, and the underlying message—that it’s possible to contribute in unexpected ways—is a positive one. Ages 8–12. Agent: Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger. (Sept.)
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Deseret News, September 21, 2013:Sky Jumpers has plenty of action and more than enough heart to work its way into the hearts and minds of readers everywhere.”

Publishers Weekly
, August 12, 2013:
"A general sense of adventure and wonder permeates this tale, making it a fun, quick read. Eddleman brings a strong sense of atmosphere to this post-apocalyptic coming-of-age piece, and the underlying message—that it’s possible to contribute in unexpected ways—is a positive one."

School Library Journal, October 2013: "Students not ready for the violence of The Hunger Games will enjoy the book’s adrenaline-rush daredevil adventures."

Kirkus Reviews
Following the devastation of World War III, a community struggles to survive. The detonation of the green bombs not only destroyed life, but left behind a terrible legacy: the Bomb's Breath. While this denser and invisible layer of air is poisonous, it also affords the town of White Rock protection and a source of power. In a world devoid of technology, inventors are at a premium, but 12-year-old Hope lacks imagination and mechanical skill. Add in her impulsivity and strong will, and it is no wonder Hope finds herself in trouble more often than not. However, her qualities might be just what the town needs when bandits attack, demanding their life-saving medicine. Hope must lead her friends on a dangerous trek that will either save the lives of many or get them all killed. Hope is a likable but bland heroine, and she faces stereotypical villains. Any real suspense is diffused by obvious plot twists and a predictable ending. This first installment in a new series draws heavily upon several familiar stories, but while imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the result is often a shadow of the original. Another post-apocalyptic copycat. (map) (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 9-13)
Children's Literature - Magi Evans
In the crater produced by a WWIII bomb, the city of White Rock exists on four levels. An ominous aftereffect of the green bombs is "Bomb's Breath," a layer of deadly poison in the air above White Rock that would kill anyone entering it with their first breath. But twelve-year-old Hope and her friend Aaren have figured out how to hold their breath and jump through the Bomb's Breath from the height of a nearby cliff, the thick atmosphere of the bomb breath allowing them to float to a soft landing below the poison. As technology was destroyed in the war, White Rock leaders encourage and reward inventiveness in all citizens, even pre-schoolers. But Hope's inventions always fail, and she fears that she has shamed her family. Then, in the midst of winter, bandits enter the city demanding the antibiotics that White Rock scientists have learned to distill from a mold that grows only in their crater. With the bandits threatening to kill everyone if the medicine is not turned over to them, Hope, Aaren, their friend Brock, and Brenna, Aaren's little sister, embark on a dangerous mission through the snow to the neighboring city of Browning, hoping to get reinforcements from the guards. Facing hypothermia and injury from the difficult terrain, the group nevertheless manages to reach Browning and alert the guards. But even though they all make it back to White City, their attack may be doomed to failure. It's now up to Hope to use her natural leadership skills and talent for exploiting the Bomb's Breath to save the people of White Rock. Eddleman's fast-paced story gives readers a believable sense of place, a post-apocalyptic world that balances bleakness with hopefulness, and a young heroine who comes of age to find that her own strengths are more valuable than any invention. Reviewer: Magi Evans
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
Gr 5–7—In 2069, Earth is partially destroyed by the detonation of 27 green bombs that leave behind a pocket of dense oxygen molecules potent enough to kill any creature that inhales them. Twelve-year-old Hope lives in one of the few safe areas of fertile land that still remain. This life-threatening pocket of air, known as the Bomb's Breath, has blocked all magnetic forces, causing many of the technological advancements of the early 21st century to disappear. Now the mostly agrarian society puts heavy emphasis on people to invent useful gadgets to improve on the quality of life, but Hope has no skills in this area. The only thing that she is good at is jumping through the Bomb's Breath, a secret she has shared only with her friend Aaron. At a council meeting, the citizens of White Rock are told that the Bomb's Breath, besides being a danger, has also served as a deterrent to roving groups of bandits from looting their town. When some thieves break through these protective perimeters to hold the town hostage for a rare antibiotic they have invented, Hope's father is injured in the process. The antibiotic is the only cure for Shadel's Sickness, a contagious disease developed as an offshoot of the war. Besides her dad needing the medicine to stave off the infection from his injury, the entire community needs it to survive the next year. Help from the neighboring communities is mandatory before time runs out, so Hope, along with some friends, carries off a daring and dangerous escape to run for help. The curriculum strengths of this book include heavy STEM subjects such as chemistry, medical biology, and earth science, as well as the structure of local government and nation building. Students not ready for the violence of The Hunger Games will enjoy the book's adrenaline-rush daredevil adventures in the first installment in this series.—Sabrina Carnesi, Crittenden Middle School, Newport News, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307981271
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Series: Sky Jumpers Series , #1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 457,582
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

PEGGY EDDLEMAN lives at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Utah with her husband and their three hilarious and fun kids. Sky Jumpers is her first novel.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    I was immediately drawn in by the interesting world that Peggy E

    I was immediately drawn in by the interesting world that Peggy Eddleman created. The story takes place in a settlement that contains survivors of the Green Bombs of WWIII (what a cool idea!). Next, I was thrilled that the town values invention and ingenuity as they try to rebuild their lives (I LOVE inventions!).

    The characters are likable. Hope Toriella, the MC, is a spunky and courageous 12 year old misfit who finally finds her strengths. Despite obstacles, she is unwilling to give up on her family and her town. I love her tenacity!

    The whole book is wholesome and fun and Ms Eddleman has some great conflict that keeps you turning the pages!

    Constructive Critiques: The tone at the beginning seemed a little too happy and optimistic. Having gone through WWIII just 40 years ago and having bandits, I thought there should be a few ominous tones.

    I did have a little bit of a hard time believing that Hope would be able to fight the bandits (and climb trees and jump off cliffs) after her long, exhaustive journey, but I still enjoyed the book.

    Overall: The book is adventurous and kids will enjoy reading it! What kids doesn't want to save the day?

    And as a parent, I loved the book's themes:
    "finding yourself"
    "believing in yourself"
    "you are special"
    Everyone is unique and has special qualities --This is a much needed message for kids today. Each person has something special to give the world. Thank you, Peggy, for weaving this throughout your story!

    I look forward to Peggy Eddleman's next book!

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  • Posted May 20, 2014

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    Sky Jumpers is a captivating read with beautiful story-telling,

    Sky Jumpers is a captivating read with beautiful story-telling, strong world building, and compelling characters.




    Hope's story is reminiscent of Shannon Hale's Princess Academy in that both feature a strong female lead with vulnerabilities who grow into strong girls with the courage and power to save their people. I've always felt that characters like Hope and Miri are the most relatable to girls because we all have something we're working to deal with. For Hope, it's the feeling of inadequacy because she can't invent like everyone else. Sky Jumpers is about her growth as she comes to realize that she has her own strengths, ones that may save her town when no one else can.




    The characters are fun and quirky. Hope is an incredibly brave, clever, and feisty heroine, one that will charm readers of all ages. I love how she's quick to take charge in situations, and no one challenges her. She's the leader in her group of friends—guys and girls alike. And there's no questioning her gender or how her behavior isn't like that of a young lady. Her friends are equally admirable, though they don't really show growth over the course of the novel. I especially love Aaren, Brock, and Brenna, and hope to see more of them in book two.




    The plot is interesting and filled with fun twists. There were some occasions when the pacing was off or some details were introduced someplace when it would have been better warranted elsewhere, but these didn't take away from my overall enjoyment of the novel. The only thing that really hindered my reading was that I didn't really get a clear picture of the Bomb's Breath. It may have been that I was reading too quickly at the beginning of the novel when it's introduced, but I was confused about its layout and where it stands in relation to other geographical points. A diagram or clearer explanation early on could have helped. But again, it may have been that I wasn't paying enough attention when it is first introduced.




    Overall, Sky Jumpers introduces a powerful new voice in MG lit. I appreciate how Sky Jumpers can stand alone as a novel though I am definitely not opposed to it being a series. There is a lot of potential for expanding Hope's world, and I look forward to reading The Forbidden Flats, book two in the Sky Jumpers series!

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  • Posted April 23, 2014

    Although Sky Jumpers is clearly a book for younger readers, I en

    Although Sky Jumpers is clearly a book for younger readers, I enjoyed it as much as I would have when I was twelve. In a world mostly destroyed by the green bombs of World War III, all known technology is gone. The strength and properties of most metals have been changed and magnets can no longer be created. Progress and survival lies in agriculture and inventions. Apart from the dangerous, ruthless bandits roaming the plains between towns and settlements, the ever present Bomb's Breath at high altitudes is the main threat. Could said Bomb's Breath be used to benefit the remainder of mankind as either a weapon or as part of an invention?

    Though not always quite as realistic as one would hope, Sky Jumpers is an exciting, suspenseful read. Starting with a couple of extremely adventurous kids cliff diving into the lethal Bomb's Breath, the story progresses to bandit attacks, journeys through vicious snow storms, and even some highly exciting stunt riding.  

    Hope, the main character, is rather useless at inventing but her bravery knows no bounds. Fortunately she is a born leader and proves her worth when bandits try to take the valuable Ameiphus antibiotic from the town of White Rock. The other two main characters, Aaren and Brock, are likable and probably even more realistically crafted than Hope. I particularly liked the silent Brock who accomplishes more than most without ever saying much.

    The whole book is a tale of adventure but the action gets particularly riveting towards the conclusion of the story. I recommend Sky Jumpers as a safe, clean and yet thrilling read for younger readers. (Ellen Fritz)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Great book!

    I love this book are you making it a series?

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    It is the difference of one that make the society of White Rock

    It is the difference of one that make the society of White Rock function in the post apocalyptic world of Sky Divers. A society of invention that is trying to change the world from with in, celebrating the individual who could invent the best way to live life. Hope is an orphan child adopted and cared for by her community, and family. But she feels she does not fit with in the society. She does not understand how to invent, although she tries it again and again, but could not seem to make anything work. But is her bravery, her leadership, and her ability to sky jump that saved her town, her father and her closest friends. This is a great book for the outcast, or the person who does not fit into society. Its is a great book for children and i hope it becomes a print novel to share in the school library.

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  • Posted February 12, 2014

    Sky Jumpers should be a must-read for MG readers everywhere. Thi

    Sky Jumpers should be a must-read for MG readers everywhere. This book will leave a mark on your heart long after you finish it. Hope is a character we can all relate to and one we love to root for, as she struggles to help her community and discover herself in the process. The world-building, fast-paced adventure, and powerful characterization will draw you in and hold you until the end. I loved this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Good book, but i think that it isn't a good book for 7-9 year olds because it is postapocalistic, i'd say that its a good book for 10-13+

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  • Posted October 12, 2013

    It's not often enough that we get to come across something tha

    It's not often enough that we get to come across something that makes a new level of awesomeness all of it's own - but this book does! It did not let me down in the least and I went in with high expectations. But its more than that! This book is even better than I imagined, and gives me all the things I want my kids to read... and then some! It's fun, brilliant, daring, and creative. This is a world that everyone needs to experience and shares such a wonderful, touching message, that I'd love to pass on to my kids and students. Don't miss out on this extraordinarily epic story!

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  • Posted September 1, 2013

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    High Adventure, Coming of Age!

    I am a HUGE believer in the power of books, especially for younger readers, but a book must open up a whole new world and fuel the imagination. Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman is a powerful read and acts like rocket fuel for the brain! World War III has surpassed all previous wars with its ‘advanced’ warfare methods and destroyed most of the world’s population in the process. Chemicals released by the bombs that were dropped chemically altered the atmosphere, creating much denser pockets of air that poisonous to anyone who breathes it in. Everyone is warned not to go near its vapors which play a protective role for a small town deep in a small valley. So what happens when a daring young girl and her friends hear this edict? They test their daring by holding their breath and jumping down through the cloud!

    Hope doesn’t think she has many useful strengths to share in her community, she isn’t the smartest, isn’t good at inventing things that can help replace what was lost in the war, trouble seems to just find her, no matter what! When her small town is threatened by outsiders and everyone’s lives are at risk, not only does Hope risk her life to save those around her, but she discovers the unique talents and strengths she does possess!

    Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman has created a world full of rich detail and the exuberance of youth in a time when the world is struggling to re-build. She has achieved a remarkable feat by giving us a young heroine who finds her purpose in life and learns to embrace the uniqueness that is her. From page one the adventure is off and running, the perfect magnet to draw middle grade readers in, finding a character they can identify with is like the icing on the cake. Ms. Eddleman gives her readers something to cheer about and characters to root for all of the way as she feeds their minds with the reality that if you believe in yourself, anything can happen. If this book isn't in your children's library, it should be!

    An ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and Random House Children's in exchange for my honest review.

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