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This Side of the Sky (Paperback)

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Mona and Bird witness something terrible from their treetop perches and suddenly life changes forever.

On this side of the sky, Mona and her kid sister, Bird, hide in the woods each day because it's far better than being home. But then there's the other side, the side Bird dreams of while she sits in the tall trees she climbs to get away from a life devoid of love. Bird may be eight, but her mind's only five, and Mona has to babysit her most of the time. All their father can do when he gets home is lie on the couch and watch TV, and with another baby on the way, it seems like Mona's mother is always too occupied with her own problems and misery to pay any attention to her.

They don't have many friends, but Mona and Bird have always had each other and the hideout of the hidden lake to run to when they needed to escape from mothers and fathers and teachers and bullies and the friends they want and the friends who need their help. But then Mona and Bird witness something terrible in the woods, and suddenly life changes forever for Mona and the others trapped on this side of the sky.

Written from Mona's perspective, this translation of a Governor General's Literary Award-nominee and winner of the PRIX DU LIVRE M. CHRISTIE explores themes of racism, sexual abuse, low self-esteem and the pain all these inflict on those who deserve it least.

Due to more mature content, this book is recommended for children 14 and up. IBBY Honour List (Translation French to English), 2008

CCBC's Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2008 "Starred Choice"

About the Author

Marie-Francine Hebert is one of Quebec's best-loved writers for young people. She has won the PRIX DU LIVRE M. CHRISTIE for Best Book in French and has been twice nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award. Her books have been translated into eleven languages, and her work is enjoyed worldwide. Susan Ouriou is a Calgary-based translator and writer. She has been nominated for two Governor General's Literary Awards for her translations of The Road to Chlifa and . Her latest translation for Red Deer Press, Carmen, by Carole Frechette, has been nominated for a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780889953697
ISBN-10: 0889953694
Publisher: Red Deer Press
Publication Date: October 1st, 2006
Pages: 112
Language: English
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