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The Bluest Sky by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
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Sep 06, 2022 | ISBN 9780593584088 | 468 Minutes

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Praise

** Gold Medal Winner, International Latino Book Awards **

Heartbreaking, riveting, beautifully written.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ “A heartrending exploration of friendship, family, and freedom set against volatile times.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“Brimming with tumultuous events of Castro’s Cuba, Gonzales’s… novel balances historical traumas with empathy and hope, tackling timely themes of personal beliefs and individual versus government freedoms.” —Publishers Weekly

Danger, betrayal, and heartbreak…. This poignant story captures themes that remain timely and resonant today.” —Booklist

“A bittersweet ending.”—The Bulletin

“Heartbreaking yet hopeful. This book has so many things I love: real history, impossible decisions, surprising twists and turns. Read it!” —Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author of Refugee
 
The Bluest Sky tells a powerful story that shows the emotional impact of the Mariel Boatlift, one of the most important events in modern Cuban history.” —Margarita Engle, Newbery Honor winner for The Surrender Tree
 
“In this beautifully nuanced story, Christina Diaz Gonzalez brings us into the hearts of all Cubans torn between the love of their homeland and the dream of freedom.” —Ruth Behar, Pura Belpré Award winner for Lucky Broken Girl
 
Powerful, extraordinary, and brimming with hope, this is an absolute must-read for everyone.” —Jenny Torres Sanchez, Pura Belpré Honor winner for We Are Not From Here

“A heart-wrenching story and a moving affirmation that families belong together, always.” —Emma Otheguy, acclaimed author of Sofía Acosta Makes a Scene
 
“The characters in this book will stay with me for a very long time. Their desire for freedom will stay with me forever.” —Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times bestselling author of A Night Divided

Awards

Florida Book Award WINNER

Latino Book Award WINNER 2023

Utah Beehive Book Award NOMINEE 2024

ALA Notable Book SELECTION 2023

Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year SELECTION

Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices SELECTION

Junior Library Guild Selection SELECTION

NCSS-CBC Notable Children’s Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies SELECTION

South Carolina Junior Book Master List SELECTION 2024

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