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The Bluest Sky - by Christina Diaz Gonzalez (Hardcover)

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Specifications

Suggested Age: 9-12 Years

Number of Pages: 320

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Sub-Genre: Social Themes

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Book theme: Emigration & Immigration

Author: Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Language: English

Street Date: September 6, 2022
TCIN: 85923277
UPC: 9780593372791
Item Number (DPCI): 247-20-4596
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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Book Synopsis



A boy and his family must decide whether to remain in Cuba under a repressive government or risk everything for the chance of a new beginning in this gripping story from the award-winning author of The Red Umbrella.

There are two versions of Héctor: the public and the private. It's the only way to survive in communist Cuba--especially when your father was exiled to the U.S. and labeled an enemy of the people. Héctor must always be seen as a fierce supporter of the regime, even if that means loudly rejecting the father he still loves.

But in the summer of 1980, those two versions are hard to keep separate. No longer able to suppress a public uprising, the Cuban government says it will open the port of Mariel to all who wish to leave the country--if they can find a boat. But choosing to leave comes with a price. Those who want to flee are denounced as traitors by family and friends. There are violent acts of repudiation, and no one knows if they will truly be allowed to leave the country or not.

So when Héctor's mother announces that she wants the family to risk everything to go to the United States, he is torn. He misses his father, but Cuba is the only home he has ever known. All his dreams and plans require him to stay. Can he leave everything behind for an unknown future?

In a summer of heat and upheaval, danger and deadly consequences, Héctor's two worlds are on a collision course. Will the impact destroy him and everything he loves?

Christina Diaz Gonzalez's great-grandmother, great-uncle, and extended family came to the U.S. through the Mariel boatlift. She vividly remembers meeting them all for the first time in the summer of 1980 and is proud to share this part of her family's history.



Review Quotes




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



About the Author



CHRISTINA DIAZ GONZALEZ is the award-winning author of several books, including The Red Umbrella, A Thunderous Whisper, Moving Target, Return Fire, Concealed, and Invisible. Her books have received numerous honors, including the American Library Association's Best Fiction for Young Adults, the Florida Book Award, the Nebraska Book Award, and the International Latino Book Award. Christina currently lives in Miami, Florida, with her husband, sons, and a dog that can open doors.
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