Where the Sky Lives

Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins/. Mar. 2022. 336p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780063047242.
Gr 3-7–This heartwarming story follows Tuesday Beals as she works to save the preserved property surrounding Zion National Park, where she lives with her mother, the park’s head archaeologist. Tuesday, who has light skin and dark hair, is an adventurous girl grieving the loss of her beloved uncle Ezra, who taught her about astronomy and conservation; now Tuesday finds herself trying to solve a riddle he left her right before he died. After picking up a discarded camera, Tuesday learns about photography and activism and, with her friend Carter, begins an Instagram campaign to save the property from becoming a residential development—and to preserve the ability to observe the stars. She learns about the positive and negative aspects of social media, and that things are not always as they appear. Throughout the story, readers learn about Zion National Park and meet many of its caregivers, from various scientists to the artist-in-residence, all of whom work passionately to preserve the parks. After Tuesday learns that she and her mother will be moving, she becomes more motivated to save the land and solve the riddle. All of this is interwoven with a sweet mother/daughter story that focuses on the positivity of friendships and how small steps can make a big difference.
VERDICT A gentle novel especially suited to students interested in the environment, careers in conservation, or the national parks.–

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