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An Uninterrupted View of the Sky

By: Melanie Crowder

Readers will get a boy's-eye-view of corruption, greed, survival, and the power of family set in the underbelly of Bolivia's crime world, where drugs are plentiful and justice is rare.

ISBN: 9780399169007

JLG Release: Aug 2017


Sensitive Areas: Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Crime: General, Social Issue: Harsh Realities of Life
Topics: Prisons , Political corruption , Family life , Bolivia , Aymara Indians , Indians of South America , Twentieth-century history of Bolivia

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Awards & Honors

YALSA 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Teen Books

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Seventeen-year-old Francisco wears violent anger just under his skin, despite a tranquil life with his parents and eight-year-old sister in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 1999. He and his family are irrevocably affected by Law 1008, a statute initiated in response to U.S. threats of economic sanctions, which seeks to find and i
[STARRED REVIEW]
Seventeen-year-old Francisco wears violent anger just under his skin, despite a tranquil life with his parents and eight-year-old sister in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 1999. He and his family are irrevocably affected by Law 1008, a statute initiated in response to U.S. threats of economic sanctions, which seeks to find and imprison individuals connected to coca production. Francisco’s father, a taxi driver, is arrested while taking gasoline to his stopped car, charged with the intention of making cocaine with the gas, and placed in an overcrowded, dangerous men’s prison. His mother visits with the children and without warning deserts them there, leaving Francisco feeling gutted. He assumes the role of primary caregiver for his sister, transporting her to and from school and the prison where they must now live. Always at odds with his father over his studies and future goals, Francisco promises to graduate from high school to give the man some hope, despite knowing that his own dark skin and short stature seal his fate in a stratified Bolivian society where the indigenous remain poor and victimized. Themes of poverty, social injustice based on ethnicity, violence toward women, coming-of-age, romantic love, and a sliver of precarious hope are woven into the plot. VERDICT This poetic, historical novel is an important addition to libraries given its focus on the consequences of U.S. involvement in Bolivian politics.—Ruth Quiroa, National Louis University, Lisle, IL

Book Details

ISBN

9780399169007

First Release

August 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

304

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Philomel

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Crime: General, Social Issue: Harsh Realities of Life

Topics

Prisons, Political corruption, Family life, Bolivia, Aymara Indians, Indians of South America, Twentieth-century history of Bolivia,

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