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Dear Blue Sky by Mary Sullivan
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Dear Blue Sky

by Mary Sullivan

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Cassie enjoys 7th grade and running with her older brother Sef. When he joins the Marines and goes to Iraq, her family begins to fall apart.

Read the rest of my review at: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/dear-blue-sky-mary-sullivan/ ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
Cassie's brother is of to fight the war in Iraq. Her family is not quit sure how to put their life's as normal as possible with him fighting on the other side of the world, including Cassie. On top of that she lost her best friend. Her sister is not talking to her anymore, they tease her brother with Down syndrome even more, and her parents are constantly fighting. Through an assignment at school she finds a girl in Iraq who tells her what it's like to be in the middle of the fighting which gives Cassie a different perspective. ( )
  paula-childrenslib | Dec 15, 2013 |
While this is a story that deserves to be told, it falls short in several areas. The main character, Cassie, has an older brother who has enlisted and been sent to Iraq to fight in the war. This wreaks havoc on their family, especially the mother. Sef, the brother, is portrayed as ridiculously perfect and the anchor to his family. The rest of them each have their issues, seemingly to add a lot of issues to the book (alcoholism, prescription drug abuse, bullying, teenage love problems, friend problems, and on and on). Blue Sky is an Iraqi and has chosen to write a blog in English about her experiences during the war. Cassie happens upon it and begins to see the war differently. Blue Sky is like Sef -- too perfect. It's too bad, because the idea of showing the war from the point of view of someone who lives in the occupied area is very good. ( )
  ChristianR | Nov 6, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399256849, Hardcover)

A timely, eye-opening novel showing how war affects families on both sides

Ever since her brother Sef left for Iraq, 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. Her 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 Iraqi girl she meets through her blog. The girls begin a correspondence and 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:41 -0400)

"Shortly after Cass's big brother is deployed to fight in Iraq, Cass becomes pen pals with an Iraqi girl who opens up her eyes to the effects of war"--

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