Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

by S.L. Rottman


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"As an Air Force brat, moves were second nature to me. This was my seventh move in fifteen years, and I knew the drill. Usually it was no big deal. But this one was different."
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 now scattered and his mother preoccupied with military duties, Stu finds himself 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 gets 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.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561454990
Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/28/2009
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,199,777
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.34(h) x 1.04(d)
Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 16 Years

About the Author

S.L. Rottman is a former teacher and the author of several young adult novels. A graduate of Colorado State University, Rottman lives in Colorado.

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Out of the Blue 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
vampireeat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I initially didn¿t think the story of a boy named Stuart who lived with his mother on an army base would be very compelling. First off, the boy¿s name was Stuart. Second¿ the army? Snooze-fest. The cover has a lot of gray and looks kind of dreary. I couldn¿t even give you a reason to pick this book up. Then¿ I read it.I was pleasantly proven wrong.The funny thing is, not much actually happens in this book. If anything, it¿s more of a case study on how boring life for a teenager on an army base can be. Stuart is left with very little to do on a daily basis. Life on the base is revealed through his eyes. The book educates the reader on what living on an army base is actually like while still weaving an entertaining story. He befriends the only other kids his age on the base. He gets interested in one of the only girls who is available for him to even think about dating.The story manages to fit into the ¿young adult¿ angst category by giving Stuart some family drama; his older brother leaves for college before the story starts, and his father is essentially absent for almost the entire tale. His mother is the breadwinner in the family and his father, who spent most of his wife¿s career as a stay at home dad, is it seems fed up dealing with his marriage. So his dad is off in Nevada caring for Stuart¿s grandmother. Stuart feels abandoned for much of the story, which is only exacerbated by the demands of his mother¿s job, since her promotion means she is now commanding the entire base.A story begins to develop in the background. Stuart has an eight-year old neighbor who, especially towards the beginning of the story, doesn¿t leave him alone. He¿s there when he moves in. He¿s there several times over the next few weeks. This child, Billy, needs a friend. It seems he¿s decided Stuart is it. While Stuart isn¿t initially interested in being this kid¿s friend, it kind of happens against his better judgment. There¿s nothing to do; befriending his young neighbor makes Stuart a little less bored, a little less lonely. It¿s obvious however, that things are not okay in Billy¿s household. Like many teenagers would realistically choose to do, Stuart really doesn¿t do anything. After all, it¿s none of his business. It all comes to a head in the final chapter when someone gets hurt.I can¿t admit to being a fan of realistic fiction, but I am a fan of this book. I was with Stuart every step of the way. His relationship with his parents is not contrived (as you often find with other young adult novels based in ¿reality¿). He loves his family, but he¿s kind of mad at them, too. In a way, they¿re sort of all he¿s got. His loneliness is perhaps the biggest resonator for teen readers; odds are, they¿ve felt the way Stuart has but hopefully to a lesser extent. One of the best young adults to come out in 2009. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 :)
Ben_Jamin More than 1 year ago
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.
momreaderPM More than 1 year ago
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!