Character Cassie or Cass is a uiet loving laid back kind of girl
who is going through hard times Her brother is going to war in is going through hard times Her brother is going to war in and she cries all the time about it Her parents are always fighting her older sister is starting to make bad choices and her little brother who has Down syndrome is pretending he s a Marine Cass feels like her life is falling apart so she cries very night until she meets an Ira girl who s name is Blue Sky She writes about her xperiences #and says her world is falling apart to and when Cass realizes Blue #says her world is falling apart to and when Cass realizes Blue s world IS actually starting to fall apart she starts looking at things differently and realizes to be thankful for what she has ven though she thinks she has it hard I really like Cass s character and I Erikson, Eskimos, and Columbus enjoy learning and about her No one is happy about a thing until it is lost Blue Sky writes Cassie is an average fun loving 12 year old girl until her older brother Sef leaves for Ira Her sister Van starts making horrible choices while depending on her boyfriend her younger brother Jack with Down Syndrome goes mute Cassie s parents fight about Sef leaving for war and her mothersmotions freeze over Cassie s world is falling apart and the only one who could fix it is thousands of miles away Cassie is worried and stressed out about her family and her brother Sef who fighting in an un winnable war Cassie trusts her brother s motives for war are pure at a place where fighting and killing is your only option Cassie corresponds with an Irai girl who
in the chaotic war torn country and whose house was damaged by bombs and bullets Blue Sky has seen people she knew get killed in front of her Blue Sky s determination Church Bell Tolls encouraged and inspired Cassie to regain control of her life Blue Sky is a children s fiction book but themotion is very much real Dear Blue Sky is not part of any series I read this book at my house and school really anytime I could get my hands on this breathtaking book I felt sorry for Blue Sky and Cassie because both of their lives were changed drasticallyThis book definitely gave me a new perspective on how families on both sides of a conflict can be changed because of war Mary Sullivan s novel is appealing to young readers but all ages can Scraping By (Studies in Early American Economy and Society from the Library Company of Philadelphia) enjoy this complex beautiful book Dear Blue Sky isn t Mary Sullivan s first amazing book She has won many awards with glowing reviews This book reminds me of Minnie McClary speaks her mind because things aren t great home for her but shencourages people to think creatively and for themselves Both girls push through obstacles and thrive Mary Sullivan paints a picture of what life in Ira is like and uses words that make the reader think and want to keep reading There are many great connections people can draw from this book which makes it very Beyond Human Rights and the War on Terror engaging Dear Blue Sky is a breath takingye opening inspirational novel This book is not about stopping verything waiting for things to return to normal but instead finding peace and hope in the process of waiting Amazing book Touching to the hear. D Cassie learns that when Blue Sky says I want my life back she means something profound as she can no longer venture out in her destroyed city Cassie takes strength from Blue Sky's courage and is inspired to stop running away from the pain and to reclaim her life. Dear Blue Sky is one of the most amazing novels Ilives in the
ve ver read and I don t say that lightly This book is a clear display of how we are allever read and I
t say lightly This book is a clear display of how we are all in ways we don t ven realize and how distance doesn t define true friendship Dear Blue Sky by Mary Sullivan is a wonderful story about two different people who are not so different after allTwo gils one in Ira and one in America are both affected by war The American "Girl Has A Brother " has a brother the war in Ira Meanwhile the girl in Ira is being attacked by the american soldiersThis is a great story about girls not that different from me and my classmates I would recommend this book to a friend because it is abgreat book to sit down and relax with Unflinchingly honest and beautifully written perspective of the toll that war takes on both sides Eye opening and haunting YA novel You find yourself hurting for and rooting for Cass and her family When 12 year old Cassie s older brother Sef goes off to fight the war in Ira her whole family seems to fall apart Her sister becomes obsessed with her boyfriend and makes bad choices her younger brother who has Down Syndrome stops speaking and her mother becomes motionally unavailable and gives Cassie the Cold Freeze silent treatment Cassie begins communicating with a 13 year old girl in Ira with the pseudonym Blue Sky Her perceptions of the war and her personal life are forever changed I was fortunate Forensic Entomology The Utillity Of Arthropodos In Legal Investigations enough to receive an ARC of this book and can t wait to pass it along to another teacher This book made me want to teach middle school again as it will be a great resource for teachers There are an incredible amount of great themes and connections that teachers can draw on and it is a book that kids will find very appealing as it is veryngaging It would be a great link to a unit about Ira or grief Additionally there are numerous allusions to THE GIVER and it would be a great pairing for teachers who use this text In 2006 Cassie s brother Sef is going to Afghanistan despite her mother s objections to the war Cassie s father is all for the fighting her sister Van is too caught up in her own teenage drama to care much and her brother Jack doesn t uite understand all of the details of Sef s deployment because he is nine and has Down s Syndrome When Cassie has a school project to follow a blog about current Men of Destiny events she happens upon one written by an Afghani girl her age who goes by the name Blue Sky Cassies finds out how bad things are for the people of that country and starts to realize that the US military is not always thought to be the good guy or behaving that way She then worries about her brother s safety AND whether or not he is doing the right thing by being there as well as worrying about her father s job her mother s drinking her parents relationship Jack and the social dynamics of middle school Of course all the while Cassie realizes that while things may be tough in her world they areven tougher in Blue Sky s AfghanistanStrengths This was very well done both in dealing with how Cassie feel A timely Beginnings in Psychotherapy eye opening novel showing how war affects families on both sides Ever since her brother Sef left for Ira Cassie has felt like her life is falling apart Her parents are fighting over her brother having gone to war Her smart beautiful sister is messing up Aboutverything going on in her life but also in how Sef s deployment is not black and white Blue Sky s postsdon t say
Seem Very Realistic And Thevery realistic and the between Cassie and Blue Sky is thought provoking Weaknesses One of Cassie s classes is studying The
giver and a lot of references are madeand a lot of references are made this While this book is freuently studied in classes references to it slowed down the story for me and would be confusing to someone who has not read that book The book Dear Blue Sky is now one of my favorite books This book takes place during the Ira War Cassie s brother Sef nlists in the military and is sent off to Ira to protect his country The other main character is Blue Sky who writes a blog about her life in Ira Both of these characters are facing tough times in their lives I thought during this book that the author made it captivating to learn She gave us a lot to think about wondering about Sef wondering about Blue Sky and wondering about the other characters lives She reminded us that their lives were still going on during the war Both characters were still going to school and talking with friends I would give this book a 1010 because the author gives you lots of information and intrigues you to read Amid the statistical haze that nshrouds civilian casualties no one is sure how many children have been killed or maimed in Ira But psychologists and aid organisations warn that while the physical scars of the conflict are all too visible in hospitals and mortuaries and on television screens the mental and Reportage on Crime emotional turmoilxperienced by Ira s young is going largely unmonitored and untreated Michael Howard The Guardian As the US military fought their way into Baghdad 11 years ago the life of one Irai girl Marwa Shimari was changed forever when she was gravely injured in an air raidThe Middle East region has been home for this kiwi gal for the past 65 years When I tell people I live here it sometimes vokes mixed feelings and notions and is often associated with mysticism and conflict Many fail to understand its complexity and diversity its people religions resources and politics The region is a crossroads to three continents Asia Europe and Africa The fact that the Middle East is a tri continental junction has been a blessing and a
Curse On The One HandOn the one hand geostrategic location promotes trade and xchange and thus benefits the region on the other hand it means that different powers from within and outside the region compete for its control Conseuently the Middle East has been a center of conflict and a battlefield for centuries The latest conflict is in Ira Many readers will identify with the The Ira War which was an armed conflict in Ira that consisted of two phases The first was an invasion of Ira starting on 20 March 2003 by an invasion force led by the United States It was followed by a longer phase of fighting in which an insurgency Resonance of Suffering emerged to oppose the occupying forces and the newly formed Irai government Roughly 965 pe I am currently reading Dear Blue Sky by Mary Sullivan My. Er little brother who has Down syndrome is pretending he's a Marine And her best friend no longer has time for her In her loneliness Cassie turns to a surprising source of comfort Blue Sky an Irai girl she meets through her blog The girls begin a correspondence an.