Under a Different Sky

Under a Different Sky

by Deborah Savage


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ISBN-13: 9780698116979
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 11/23/1998
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.82(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Deborah Savage is the author of a number of books for young adults, including, Summer Hawk, winner of the Boston Authors Award for young adult literature 2000, To Race a Dream, and Under a Different Sky, which School Library Journal called in a starred review, "endlessly fascinating and appealing." She lives in western Massachusetts.

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Under a Different Sky 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was swept away by Deborah Savage's masterpiece Summer Hawk, and I absolutley LOVED Kotuku (it's still is my favorite book today!), and when I found this book at my school's library, I thought, 'Ohmigosh, a Deborah Savage book! I TOTALLY have to get this!' But now, I'm kinda glad I didn't buy it. The story starts off when the easy-to-love, friendly Ben is confused about his future and his parent's quarrels, and finds his santctuary in riding his horse, Galaxy. Then the part where I started to get worried: Chapter 2. Here, we meet Lara, who is a troubled 17 year old, who is WAY too imature for her age. She doesn't even belong with a good guy like Ben. Then again, I've stopped reading this after the middle of chapter 3, so I don't know how the story ends, but being emotionally trobled and depresssed myself, I did not feel the same way Lara did. (and I'm still in my early teen years.) Maybe I just enjoy Savage's newer books, but this was kinda a letdown. Again, it was okay- but not her best book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book because it was supposed to be about horses. It was a good book to read and anybody of any age would love it. Highly recommended!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was quite strange and way overdramtic. The romance between Ben and Lara was unrealistic and skipped around from Ben just thinking of Lara to him loving her?! And at the beginning, Ben was portrayed as a good person, but then, after knowing her a month or so, Ben is presuring Lara to be intimate with him. This book will definitly go on my Top 10 List of the Worst Books I have ever read. It might be good for and older audience, maybe 17-20. Not 13. Definatly not 13.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book totally captured me! I got it just because I knew it had to do with horses. But when i started reading it, I couldnt stop. That has been like 2 years ago, and I still havent found a book that even compares to this book! I absolutely love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good example of how not to judge a book by its cover. It only got better and better until I couldn't stop reading it and have read the book many more times since.I loved the detailed descripitions between the horse and rider, it paints a beautiful picture in your head. Can't say enought good things!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was incredible! Even though the beginning is decieving it only gets better. I came to realize when reading this book of what it is like to live in a poor family and the struggles they go through each day to just pay the bills. I also realized that just because poeple have money they aren't happy. My parents have alwyas told me that but i never knew it for myself until I read this book! I highly recommend it to others! If you read this book, let me know what u think!
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I realize that critics read many books, I also believe that they can become hardened to the essence of certain material. It may also be that when one has lived a certain life, it's hard to imagine that others can live so very differently. I initially purchased this book as a gift for my 14-year-old nephew, but decided to keep it for my 13-year-old son instead. I am glad that I did, because in reading the book myself, I found a very appropriate story for young teens today. While many may not have an exclusive boarding school next door to their homes, teens will find much to relate to in Ben's indecision of what to pursue after high school graduation, and Lara's angst with the world. Some will be living in homes with an alcoholic or destructive relative, and be able to relate to the tension therein. Other may have parents whose ideas of life sharply contrast, as do Ben's parents. Still others may be of a different heritage than their schoolmates or contemporaries, and know the pain of being judged and limited by how the are 'seen' by whoever the majority is in their own world. And they will come to see that some kids make very bad mistakes and are left with internal scars that eventually need to be dealt with. There are not always pretty things in the world of young people today, and so this story is honestly rendered. Life is precarious, and some decisions can make it more strained and uncertain. Also, there may be 1 thing in a young person's life that helps them reach for the future and get through their adolescent years. For Ben, his horse Galaxy serves this purpose. Lara finally finds this is some people she meets that don't give up on her. Once this is understood by the reader, he or she may be inclined to find something within their own world to hold onto.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I though this book would be very dumb but after i read the first chapter for my book report for high school i realized that you can't juged a book by its cover or name.