An Uninterrupted View of the Sky

An Uninterrupted View of the Sky

by Melanie Crowder


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399169007
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 166,166
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: HL770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Melanie Crowder ( is the author of National Jewish Book Award finalist and ILA Notable Book for a Global Society Audacity, as well as A Nearer Moon and Parched. She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Melanie lives with her family on Colorado’s Front Range where she has worked as an educator for more than a decade. You can follow her on Twitter @MelanieACrowder.

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The carved wooden doors leading into the prison are wide open, and there’s no line to get in, so I go straight up to the guard in the green jacket sitting behind a white plastic table. I didn’t see this one yesterday.

“Name?” the guard asks.

“Francisco Quispe Vargas.”

“Sign here.”

I do, and he watches me the whole time. What—does he think I’m sneaking drugs in here or something? I’m not that stupid.

He waves me past, but I can feel his eyes on my back the whole way through the courtyard. I can’t get used to having guards with guns around all the time, just looking for a reason to bust me. It’s got me constantly looking over my shoulder, like I’m being hunted or something.

When I come back through the prison gate, Papá and Pilar are waiting for me. Pilar’s got this look on her face that’s angry and hurt and . . . I shake my head, and there it goes—any hope she was hanging on to, gone.

I sit beside my father and sister on the concrete and watch the prisoners milling around the courtyard.

I guess this is home now.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An Uninterrupted View of the Sky In the book, An Uninterrupted View of the Sky, a seventeen year old boy and his eight year old sister are living in Bolivia. Life was going so well for them, they had two loving parents, a house, and a school to learn and make friends. One day that all took a turn, their dad had been arrested! If you thought things couldn’t get any worse their mom just left them stranded without shelter or even saying goodbye. They had to live with their father in jail, and life wasn’t so great anymore. They tried to make the best of what they had, but they were still upset. The kids had lost their friends, and found happiness just living in a prison cell. When the boy turns eighteen, the kids have to go live with their grandparents to be secure, so they take the trip and go, but they don’t lose touch of their father, they write letters to him. The father eventually finds his love, but not his wife, poetry. The boy is very excited because the prison had brought the dad sadness, and he never wrote poems anymore. He wasn’t inspired to write and didn’t like to write sad poems, because he wanted them to be meaningful. I would recommend this book to middle school age children and older. The book mainly talks about things that happen everyday, and makes you feel like it happened to you. It uses some foul language, and is very serious about what is going on. It’s very interesting and you want to know if something happens. The book takes unexpected turns that you’ll never see coming, and there’s never a dull moment. I enjoyed reading, An Uninterrupted View of the Sky.