The Sky Is Falling

Mass Market Paperback | September 4, 2007

byKit Pearson

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It is the summer of 1940, and all of England fears an invasion by Hitler’s army. Norah lies in bed listening to the anxious voices of her parents downstairs.

Then Norah is told that she and her brother, Gavin, are being sent to Canada. The voyage across the ocean is exciting, but at the end of it Norah is miserable. The rich woman who takes them in prefers Gavin to her, the children at school taunt her, and as the news from England becomes worse, she longs for home.

As Norah begins to make friends, she discovers a surprising responsibility that helps her to accept her new country.

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It is the summer of 1940, and all of England fears an invasion by Hitler’s army. Norah lies in bed listening to the anxious voices of her parents downstairs. Then Norah is told that she and her brother, Gavin, are being sent to Canada. The voyage across the ocean is exciting, but at the end of it Norah is miserable. The rich woman who ...

Kit Pearson worked as a librarian for many years before publishing her first novel, The Daring Game (1986). She went on to write the linked novels The Sky Is Falling (1989), Looking at the Moon (1991), and The Lights Go On Again (1993), published in 1999 as The Guests of War trilogy, and Awake and Dreaming (1996)...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7 × 4.25 × 0.7 inPublished:September 4, 2007Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143056344

ISBN - 13:9780143056348

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still a good read Good read as always. Can't wait to read the other sequels. Loved the descriptive journey to Canada by boat
Date published: 2015-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The dream book The sky is falling was probably the most fascinating book I have ever read. It made me laugh and cry sometimes both at the same time. Norah goes through a lot and I admire her for her bravery. Kit Pearson is an amazing author. (By my nine year old daughter Isabel.)
Date published: 2010-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Home away from home 10-year old Norah Stoakes is shocked—and dismayed—to learn that her parents have decided to send her, along with her much younger brother, Gavin, far away from home until the end of the war. The Royal Air Force is battling Hitler’s bombers in the skies over England, and France has fallen before the advancing Nazi army. Fearing for their childrens’ safety, thousands of Britain’s parents respond to its government’s notices to apply for the overseas evacuation of youngsters. But Norah and her friends have themselves been actively supporting the war effort, and leaving England now, for most of them, feels like sheer and shameful cowardice. Nevertheless, leave they do; and after nearly 2 weeks of travel by rail, sea, the St. Lawrence River, and road, the group of evacuees with whom Norah and Gavin shared this voyage arrives at Hart House in Toronto. Here they must stay until their final destinations—their new homes for the duration of the war—have been confirmed, and they are taken to begin their new lives as “war guests” with their adoptive families. It is the story of the next 4 months in Norah’s life which comprises most of this wonderfully-wrought novel for children. Norah’s acclimatization is not an easy one. She is a strong-willed, spirited, and sensitive girl, and her and Gavin’s arrival into their Rosedale host family sets off a ripple effect which impacts many lives; Norah herself undergoes a leap of hard-earned inner growth. The Sky is Falling can be considered an introduction to the genre of historical fiction, wherein characters and events are, for the most part, fictional, while the story is explicitly set in an actual historical context which influences its characters and their lives. This book is peopled by well-drawn and memorable characters who intimately share Norah’s new experiences and adventures as she carves a niche for herself in her new life. Norah herself is portrayed so vividly, sympathetically, and believably that we feel we know her well indeed as the book closes, on Christmas dawn. I feel myself involved in her life, and very glad to have made her acquaintance; am looking forward to her continuing story in the second book of this “Guests of War” trilogy, Looking at the Moon. Kit Pearson was born in Edmonton and currently lives in Victoria, B.C. The Sky is Falling is the recipient of three awards, including the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People. It has been translated into French by Michelle Robinson (Le ciel croule) and published, along with the 2nd and 3rd volumes of the trilogy, by P. Tisseyre, Montréal [in the “Deux solitudes jeunesse" collection]. The Sky is Falling has received, and richly deserves to continue to receive, a wide readership by anyone from about 8 years old, up.
Date published: 2009-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sky is Falling I really loved this book. It was well written and great! I recommend it to everyone at all ages!
Date published: 2008-12-01

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“Reading Kit Pearson’s The Sky is Falling is like running your hand over a piece of cut velvet. This historical novel for children … is rich in color and texture.” - The Ottawa Citizen