Sky Is Falling

Sky Is Falling

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It is the summer of 1940, and all of England fears an invasion by Hitler's army. Norah lies in bed listening to the anxious voices of her parents downstairs.

Then Norah is told that she and her brother, Gavin, are being sent to Canada. The voyage across the ocean is exciting, but at the end of it Norah is miserable. The rich woman who takes them in prefers Gavin to her, the children at school taunt her, and as the news from England becomes worse, she longs for home.

As Norah begins to make friends, she discovers a surprising responsibility that helps her to accept her new country.

Publisher: New York, N.Y.: Puffin, 1989,95
ISBN: 9780140341898
0140341897
Branch Call Number: J F Pe
Characteristics: 248p

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One of my favourite Canadian books is ‘Sky is Falling’ by Kit Pearson. Having my schooling years in East Africa and UK, I had not read many Canadian Children’s authors. I read Sky is Falling a couple of years ago when it was one of the Reading Link Challenge Titles and fell in love with it. Although it’s set during the 2nd world war, the themes of loneliness, fitting in and learning a new culture when moving to a new place are still relevant today; especially in Surrey with many newcomer families, e.g. the young Syrian refugees. This book actually made me cry - it has beautiful depiction of Canada and a hopeful message.
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BeccaC123
Jul 03, 2016

The sky is falling is my favourite book of all times and I recommend it to ages 8 and above. It's summer of 1940 and World War 2 happening. Norah a ten year old girl and her younger brother Gavin (5 years old) have to leave England for their safety. Norah has a lot of responsibilities as her parents are not coming with them to Canada. At first they were terrified of being in a new place, but they absolutely loved the big rooms in the Ogilvie house and meeting new friends. At the end I was surprised that Norah and Gavin didn't get reunited with their parents because I'm used to reading books that have a happy ended. I definitely recommend reading this book.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Norah and her brother are sent to Canada to be safe as bombs continue to fall in Second World War England. Adjusting to her new home and school in Toronto proves difficult, but Norah slowly begins to feel at home. This is the first book in the Guests of War trilogy.

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bubles77
Jul 01, 2015

This book has World War 2 as a background setting for a brother and sister who have to leave England for their safety. Norah, a ten year-old girl, feels responsible for her little brother, Gavin (age 5) as their parents don't come with them to Canada. I really enjoyed the events, such as the children travelling by train, Norah and Gavin trying to run away from the rich woman and how they solve the big fire. This happened when they were celebrating Guy Fox Day. At first, they are scared of being in a new place, but they like their big rooms in the Ogilvie house and meeting new friends such as Paige and Bernard, whom they call Albert because he is German. I was disappointed at the end that the don't get reunited with their parents. I hope there is a sequel. I think this book was really well-written. By Rebecca

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ridiqulus
Jan 10, 2014

best book i n the history of best books deserves to win a prize for something. it sucks you in for hours and when it ends you"ll always want more!

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lulurocks
Jul 03, 2012

i love the whole series

Dimmu16 Feb 25, 2012

I originally read this book in eighth grade and LOVED IT!

Now 3 years later I'm back to read it again!

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hpmuggle
Nov 19, 2011

a real sweet trilogy about war and how it impacts younger children. the first book in the guests of war trilogy really hooks you in. i've read the whole series and they are so totally amazing :)

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geokitty
Aug 11, 2011

Great book

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Bunnylover1032
Jul 18, 2011

I love this book. It's one of my all time favorites. Actully, the whole trilogy is amazing!

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Perenelle
Jul 03, 2011

World war 2 is raging in England, but Norah, from Ringden, loves it. There are planes to watch for and shrapnel to collect. But her parents don't agree ; they want to send her away from the war, to be safe. So Norah and her little brother Gavin go to Canada to live with an adopted family, lasting out the war. Norah is depressed, and just doesn't want to go to a new family.
They are in Toronto to live with the Mrs Ogilvie and her daughter, Ms Ogilvie. Ms Ogilvie is shy and never contradicts her mother. Ogilvie loves Gavin most, and Norah just can't deal with it anymore ; she just wants a friend at school, but this seems impossible : except for Bernard Gunter, the 6th grade who is always picked on?

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Japanda
Sep 16, 2007

Norah and Gavin go to live with a rich Canadian family to escape the bombing in England.

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