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"Love ain't like that." "How is it then?" Peaches asked, turning on her stomach to face me. "It's like sky. If you keep driving and driving, gas will run out, right?" "That's why we gotta go to the gas station." "Yep. But have you ever seen the sky run out? No matter how far we go?" "No, when we look up, there it is." "Well that's the kind of love Daddy and Mama got for us, Peac "Love ain't like that." "How is it then?" Peaches asked, turning on her stomach to face me. "It's like sky. If you keep driving and driving, gas will run out, right?" "That's why we gotta go to the gas station." "Yep. But have you ever seen the sky run out? No matter how far we go?" "No, when we look up, there it is." "Well that's the kind of love Daddy and Mama got for us, Peaches--love like sky." "It never ends?" "Never." G-baby and her younger sister, Peaches, are still getting used to their "blended-up" family. They live with Mama and Frank out in the suburbs, and they haven't seen their real daddy much since he married Millicent. G-baby misses her best friend back in Atlanta, and is crushed that her glamorous new stepsister, Tangie, wants nothing to do with her. G-baby is so preoccupied with earning Tangie's approval that she isn't there for her own little sister when she needs her most. Peaches gets sick-really sick. Suddenly, Mama and Daddy are arguing like they did before the divorce, and even the doctors at the hospital don't know how to help Peaches get better. It's up to G-baby to put things right. She knows Peaches can be strong again if she can only see that their family's love for her really is like sky.


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"Love ain't like that." "How is it then?" Peaches asked, turning on her stomach to face me. "It's like sky. If you keep driving and driving, gas will run out, right?" "That's why we gotta go to the gas station." "Yep. But have you ever seen the sky run out? No matter how far we go?" "No, when we look up, there it is." "Well that's the kind of love Daddy and Mama got for us, Peac "Love ain't like that." "How is it then?" Peaches asked, turning on her stomach to face me. "It's like sky. If you keep driving and driving, gas will run out, right?" "That's why we gotta go to the gas station." "Yep. But have you ever seen the sky run out? No matter how far we go?" "No, when we look up, there it is." "Well that's the kind of love Daddy and Mama got for us, Peaches--love like sky." "It never ends?" "Never." G-baby and her younger sister, Peaches, are still getting used to their "blended-up" family. They live with Mama and Frank out in the suburbs, and they haven't seen their real daddy much since he married Millicent. G-baby misses her best friend back in Atlanta, and is crushed that her glamorous new stepsister, Tangie, wants nothing to do with her. G-baby is so preoccupied with earning Tangie's approval that she isn't there for her own little sister when she needs her most. Peaches gets sick-really sick. Suddenly, Mama and Daddy are arguing like they did before the divorce, and even the doctors at the hospital don't know how to help Peaches get better. It's up to G-baby to put things right. She knows Peaches can be strong again if she can only see that their family's love for her really is like sky.

30 review for Love Like Sky

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amie's Book Reviews

    In the opening scene of LOVE LIKE SKY, G-baby is entertaining her younger sister Peaches by repeatedly dancing the "Nae Nae" and the "Dougie." I defy anyone to read this and not smile. I believe that would be impossible. LOVE LIKE SKY is set in the town of Snellville, Georgia, where eleven-year-old G-baby, her younger sister Peaches (real names - Georgiana And Patrice) and their mother have moved to a new town after their mother's marriage to their new stepdaddy, Frank. G-baby had initially been In the opening scene of LOVE LIKE SKY, G-baby is entertaining her younger sister Peaches by repeatedly dancing the "Nae Nae" and the "Dougie." I defy anyone to read this and not smile. I believe that would be impossible. LOVE LIKE SKY is set in the town of Snellville, Georgia, where eleven-year-old G-baby, her younger sister Peaches (real names - Georgiana And Patrice) and their mother have moved to a new town after their mother's marriage to their new stepdaddy, Frank. G-baby had initially been excited about the marriage because it meant she would be gaining a big sister. However, she has since discovered that her new stepsister wants nothing to do with her or Peaches. On top of all the other changes, G-baby misses her best friend Nikki, whom she left behind in Atlanta. G-baby becomes obsessed with trying to get her new stepsister to pay attention to her. This leaves baby sister, Peaches at loose ends and feeling left out. When Peaches gets really sick, neither her parents nor her doctors know how to make her better. G-baby is convinced that she knows how to make Peaches better. She just has to figure out how to convince her that her family loves her as much as the sky is wide. Blended families are more common than not which means that many readers will be able to relate to the struggles that G-baby and Peaches face. The topic of blended families is only one of the many themes explored in this amazing debut novel. Other themes include: - Divorce - Parents fighting - Death of a sibling (not Peaches, so don't think I am giving away any plot points) - Moving to a new town - Leaving friends behind and trying to make new ones - Hospitalization and siblings with a  serious illness - Growing up and a girl's changing body and feelings - Racial inequality - Peaceful protests - Trayvon Martin and the shooting of unarmed young, black men - Parents getting remarried and jealousy of the new spouse - and many more. The author does an incredible job of making the characters feel real. For instance, G-baby's father has remarried and his new wife's name is Millicent. Instead of thinking of her by her given name, G-baby has nicknamed her "Millipede." This is a very typical tween way to rebel against the new spouse. She is too young to conjure up any truly mean-spirited nickname, yet still needs a way to express her jealousy at what she sees as the reason her beloved Daddy doesn't spend as much time with them as he used to. The author's gift for creating believable and unique characters is displayed in one of my favorite scenes - which captures the fierce loyalty six year old Peaches has for her mother. This scene takes place when G-baby comments about Tangie's cooking and says it is better than their mother's. "Peaches eyes widened. 'Nobody cooks better than Mama.'" I loved this scene. In the grand scheme of the book, this scene is minor, but it is so believable that I found it memorable for it's simple, yet powerful portrayal of familial loyalty. If I had to choose a single theme to describe this book, it would be EMOTION. "Why we gotta jump when he's ready? What about the times we waited on him and he didn't come? I bet he doesn't keep Ms. Millicent Parker waiting for nothing. She's his 'best girl' now." Kids with divorced parents will easily relate to the characters in this excellent middle-grade novel. Author Leslie Youngblood understands just how perceptive kids can be. This is clearly demonstrated in the following scene: "Just like Mama, he didn't know that I could tell a fake smile from a real one. Mama and Daddy's separation made me an expert, especially when we'd have family dinner and they'd wear their mannequin smiles." I apologize for the length of this review, but I felt compelled to explain why I am giving this book the highest rating possible which is 5+ OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. I realize that it is technically impossible to give a rating higher than 5 out of 5, but this book deserves to be in a category above all others. *** Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book. *** View more at http://bit.ly/LoveLikeSky Follow me on Instagram @Amiesbookreviews and on Twitter @Amiesbookreview My blog web address is: http://Amiesbookreviews.wordpress.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Trina

    Love Like Sky is written perfectly for middle-school aged children. As the mother of both a 7 and a 9 year old, I’d be excited for my girls to read a story with flawed characters but boasts unbreakable bonds, love and resilience. I enjoyed this well-written work. I received an advanced review copy (ARC) of this book from the publisher through NetGalley for my honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Synopsis from Publisher/NetGalley.com Ages 8-12 "Love ain't like that Love Like Sky is written perfectly for middle-school aged children. As the mother of both a 7 and a 9 year old, I’d be excited for my girls to read a story with flawed characters but boasts unbreakable bonds, love and resilience. I enjoyed this well-written work. I received an advanced review copy (ARC) of this book from the publisher through NetGalley for my honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Synopsis from Publisher/NetGalley.com Ages 8-12 "Love ain't like that."" How is it then?" Peaches asked, turning on her stomach to face me. "It's like sky. If you keep driving and driving, gas will run out, right?" "That's why we gotta go to the gas station." "Yep. But have you ever seen the sky run out? No matter how far we go?" "No, when we look up, there it is." "Well that's the kind of love Daddy and Mama got for us, Peaches—love like sky." "It never ends?" "Never." G-baby and her younger sister, Peaches, are still getting used to their "blended-up" family. They live with Mama and Frank out in the suburbs, and they haven't seen their real daddy much since he married Millicent. G-baby misses her best friend back in Atlanta, and is crushed that her glamorous new stepsister, Tangie, wants nothing to do with her. G-baby is so preoccupied with earning Tangie's approval that she isn't there for her own little sister when she needs her most. Peaches gets sick-really sick. Suddenly, Mama and Daddy are arguing like they did before the divorce, and even the doctors at the hospital don't know how to help Peaches get better. It's up to G-baby to put things right. She knows Peaches can be strong again if she can only see that their family's love for her really is like sky.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    My Rating: 4.5 Stars A charming tale told through the eyes of a young girl dealing with the divorce of her parents and their subsequent remarriages. In today’s society, so many families must learn to navigate the “blending” of two families, step-siblings and step-parents and rarely is a book written that truly seems to come from a child’s point of view. LOVE LIKE SKY by Leslie C. Youngblood is told through the Georgie’s eyes and heart as she tries to deal with a stepmother she doesn’t care for, a My Rating: 4.5 Stars A charming tale told through the eyes of a young girl dealing with the divorce of her parents and their subsequent remarriages. In today’s society, so many families must learn to navigate the “blending” of two families, step-siblings and step-parents and rarely is a book written that truly seems to come from a child’s point of view. LOVE LIKE SKY by Leslie C. Youngblood is told through the Georgie’s eyes and heart as she tries to deal with a stepmother she doesn’t care for, a stepfather who goes out of his way to make her feel comfortable and the new big sister she always wanted. Things don’t always go as Georgie would like, as she feels the pain, insecurity and confusion of a complicated life she struggles to navigate without the faintest idea of how to do it. Will her kind heart show her the way? When a family crisis brings her precarious house of cards down, Georgie will learn the meaning of family, siblings and most of all, the power of love to build a firm foundation in life. Leslie C. Youngblood has given an honest and heartwarming tale life with her brilliant characters, events and the hurdles of growing up in ever-changing times! The perfect gift of reading for anyone, whether they are facing a blended family situation or not, this story will grab at the heartstrings of everyone. A must read for all readers, no matter their age! I received a complimentary ARC edition from Disney-Hyperion! Publisher: Disney Hyperion (November 6, 2018) Publication Date: November 6, 2018 Genre: Middlegrade | Blended Families Print Length: 304 pages Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cort

    Mini Me review: One of my favorite books this year. It was a story about love and how a family sticks together to make it through hard times.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jae

    I don't usually read MG but this cover is flapping gorgeous

  6. 5 out of 5

    La La

    4.5 on the blog. I'll be back; this book is stellar... I was approved for an eARC, via Netgalley, in return for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kiki Cole

    Ugh, what a cute and familial story! To start off with the negative, the writing was a little slow and hard to read but I could understand why it was like that. Plus, I had issues relating to the story as well. I didn’t really like the main character either, but she was a good one in some points. I think this is a fabulous and funky middle grade novel, especially for those with broken families or sick family members. It is definitely a book that could offer some advice or motivation.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Akoss

    @disneyhyperion #partner - I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Georgie and her little sister Peach’s parents got divorced and each parent has started building new lives for themselves while trying their best to keep things inclusive and sensitive to their girls. On one of their visits with their biological Dad, Georgie does something daring and a little selfish after which everyone's lives change for better or worse. Love Lik @disneyhyperion #partner - I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Georgie and her little sister Peach’s parents got divorced and each parent has started building new lives for themselves while trying their best to keep things inclusive and sensitive to their girls. On one of their visits with their biological Dad, Georgie does something daring and a little selfish after which everyone's lives change for better or worse. Love Like Sky reads like you're talking to your best friend or a confidante. The author's writing takes you deep into the characters minds and hearts, and doesn't let you go even after you've read the last sentence. This is such an intricate and complicated story. Blended families that stemmed from one or multiple divorces remain in the realm of impossible for me. But I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Georgie and her family and friends. I enjoyed seeing that when everyone does their best, things can work out (mostly). I enjoyed seeing how tremendously hard it can be to navigate feelings of not belonging or wanting to belong without letting said feelings cloud one's judgement. People's actions sometimes are misguided because of how much they love and care for someone but usually that love is the magic that keeps families together (blended or not). Love Like Sky is about family, love, and how much better life is when we surround ourselves with people who care about us and support us. Some kids wish for their parents to part ways, other kids want their parents to stay together no matter what. Learning to deal with the feelings of disappointment when things don't go the way they were supposed to is a huge challenge. I'm grateful Love Like Sky exists to provide some support to kids out there going through similar life challenges.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Love Like Sky felt very real. Leslie C. Youngblood’s middlegrade novel about a young girl navigating the tumultuous experiences that come alongside the divorce of one’s parents as well as their remarrying. G-baby, or Georgie, is working through the vast array of emotions as she deals with a stepsister who doesn’t seem to like her and a stepmother that she personally does not like herself. And when her younger sister, Peaches, suddenly comes down with an illness that lands her in the hospital, G- Love Like Sky felt very real. Leslie C. Youngblood’s middlegrade novel about a young girl navigating the tumultuous experiences that come alongside the divorce of one’s parents as well as their remarrying. G-baby, or Georgie, is working through the vast array of emotions as she deals with a stepsister who doesn’t seem to like her and a stepmother that she personally does not like herself. And when her younger sister, Peaches, suddenly comes down with an illness that lands her in the hospital, G-baby’s world implodes from the inside out. Meanwhile, G-baby’s best friend Nikki is having her own struggles, the kid in their class who was held back a year blends his world with Georgie’s, and stepsister Tangie has her own sad past and struggles. Where Love Like Sky does exceptionally well is its characters. They are all impressively developed, each with motivations and backstories that meld into individual plots for each one. You truly feel that you get to know these characters, even the ones who are only there for a short period of time. G-baby’s voice is masterful in its storytelling, bouncing from each character in order to tell the pieces of their story and blending them together in a skillful manner that manages to perfectly mirror the very blended family that its main character finds herself having recently joined. Each character goes through a great deal of development. Not only do they all navigate their own stresses throughout the story, but they each come to a sort of resolution that requires some sort of growth as well. The pacing of the story feels a little draggy at times, leading the reader to feel somewhat bored during certain portions of it. But overall Love Like Sky was a well written novel with distinct voices and characters. The characters are unique and relatable all at once and Love Like Sky addresses a multitude of issues that many young girls may experience at some point in their lives, even bringing to light some of the struggles that African Americans face every single day. I think this is a fantastic novel for those middlegrade is geared to and while I think it might need a little pick up during the somewhat dull portions, the fact of the matter is that Love Like Sky was a wonderful and eloquent novel that is on an entirely different level than most middlegrade novels I’ve read thus far. Plus it has a fantastic and beautiful title and cover. I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. | Twitter | Reader Fox Blog | Instagram |

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jana

    I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade novel in exchange for a review. So many families experience stress when divorce occurs, and the original partners marry other people and bring different members together into what is called “blended families”. Children usually bear a large part of the burden when they have to adjust to two different households and build new relationships with stepsiblings. This realistic fiction story addresses that in a way that many mid I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade novel in exchange for a review. So many families experience stress when divorce occurs, and the original partners marry other people and bring different members together into what is called “blended families”. Children usually bear a large part of the burden when they have to adjust to two different households and build new relationships with stepsiblings. This realistic fiction story addresses that in a way that many middle grade students will be able to relate to. Georgie reminds me of a lot of the fifth-grade students I used to teach. She is often in the middle of the drama of shifting friendships, peer pressure, and the beginning of interest in boys. But since her mother remarried and moved out to the suburbs of Atlanta, she is adjusting to a new neighborhood and a new, older stepsister that seems to dislike her intensely. But when suddenly her younger sister, Peaches, becomes critically ill, Georgie’s life is turned upside down. This book follows the whirlwind drama of Georgie trying to find a way to help her sister, help her best friend with a bullying situation, and get Tangie (the older stepsister) to like her. The author does an excellent job of telling the story from Georgie’s point of view, using the authentic voice of an adolescent girl that is impulsive, argumentative, and immature. Middle grade readers will definitely recognize themselves in these interactions. There are some great learning moments for Georgie, as she learns just what family is and different ways of loving others. This book would be terrific for those who enjoy reading stories about all kinds of families.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hallie

    Thanks to the @KidLitExchange network for the free review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Love Like Sky is a sweet middle grade novel about blended families, sisters, and growing up. Both of Georgie's parents have recently remarried and she's still trying to get used to all the changes. Along with new step-parents, she also has a new older step-sister who she desperately wants to be close with. The author dives into the complicated dynamics of newly blended families. This is a great Thanks to the @KidLitExchange network for the free review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Love Like Sky is a sweet middle grade novel about blended families, sisters, and growing up. Both of Georgie's parents have recently remarried and she's still trying to get used to all the changes. Along with new step-parents, she also has a new older step-sister who she desperately wants to be close with. The author dives into the complicated dynamics of newly blended families. This is a great book to recommend to upper elementary and middle grade readers dealing with their own family restructuring. It focuses on the ways that love can multiply. This book is also about Georgie's bond with her little sister, Peaches. When Peaches has to stay in the hospital for a little while, Georgie realizes just how important her sister is to her. This sweet story about sisterhood also features larger themes of growing up, testing parental boundaries, first crushes, and standing up for yourself

  12. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Spidel

    This is a sweet book that allows young readers to grapple with some of the bigger life issues kids experience in today's world, along with a very realistic look at the modern family. Thanks for sending an ARC my way for review, Disney Books!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    A sweet summer coming-of-age story—a little family drama, a little adventure, a little friendship struggle, and a little crush, all combining to make a lovely read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dee Price

    After G-Baby's mother remarries, she and her sister Peaches are uprooted from their home and friends when they move in with their new step-dad. G-Baby has trouble blending in to this new extended family and misses her former neighborhood and friends. When tragedy strikes her family, everyone pulls together and G-Baby realizes what's really important. I found this book to be rather slow-paced and the main character was a tad bit annoying but it also had a pertinent message about dealing with blend After G-Baby's mother remarries, she and her sister Peaches are uprooted from their home and friends when they move in with their new step-dad. G-Baby has trouble blending in to this new extended family and misses her former neighborhood and friends. When tragedy strikes her family, everyone pulls together and G-Baby realizes what's really important. I found this book to be rather slow-paced and the main character was a tad bit annoying but it also had a pertinent message about dealing with blended families and dealing with family illness that would be beneficial to a lot of young readers.

  15. 5 out of 5

    USOM

    Love Like Sky is a story about sisters. About the responsibility of having to be 'the big sister' and what that can do for you when your world has changed irreparably and you have to be the strong one. When you just want to be a kid for a change. To not have to be a role model. To not have to be good at adapting and explaining to your younger sister. But at the same time, G-Baby yearns for a big sister of her own, a companion, a source of security in this vast un-tethered world of a new family. f Love Like Sky is a story about sisters. About the responsibility of having to be 'the big sister' and what that can do for you when your world has changed irreparably and you have to be the strong one. When you just want to be a kid for a change. To not have to be a role model. To not have to be good at adapting and explaining to your younger sister. But at the same time, G-Baby yearns for a big sister of her own, a companion, a source of security in this vast un-tethered world of a new family. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/blog...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    I received this book as an advanced reader's copy because of our demand for JFiction books on family values and when I opened the book I was expecting something completely different in a good way. I am blown away by the themes and messages this book reflects on G-baby and Peaches and their meaning of love from their family. When we hear the word sky, we think of the color blue and the infamous phrase "the sky is the limit." The love that G-baby and Peaches family has for the both of them is love I received this book as an advanced reader's copy because of our demand for JFiction books on family values and when I opened the book I was expecting something completely different in a good way. I am blown away by the themes and messages this book reflects on G-baby and Peaches and their meaning of love from their family. When we hear the word sky, we think of the color blue and the infamous phrase "the sky is the limit." The love that G-baby and Peaches family has for the both of them is love like sky, it never ends no matter what. Wonderful inspiring book to read that has a deep message that is powerful no matter whom reads the book. 5 stars!

  17. 4 out of 5

    JoEllen

    Love Like Sky- what a fabulous way to describe the unending love of family. Fell in love with the narrator G Baby and all the characters. Youngblood captured the emotions connected to the special bond of sisters, as well as the tensions and the triumphs that happen with blended families- important to be seen so readers can relate and connect to Georgie. An inspiring MG novel to explore friendships, family and so much more. #LoveLikeSky

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Banks

    >>Contains: divorced & re-married parents, blended families, step siblings, dead siblings, health and disabilities, fat shaming, grief, bullying, police brutality and protesting, >>I love the cover. >>Quick to fall in with the flow, voice, and finish in one sitting for adults and advanced readers. Middle graders will find it hard to put down and forget wanting to know what happens next with these relatable characters. >>Super adorable and sweet throughout. There's a lo >>Contains: divorced & re-married parents, blended families, step siblings, dead siblings, health and disabilities, fat shaming, grief, bullying, police brutality and protesting, >>I love the cover. >>Quick to fall in with the flow, voice, and finish in one sitting for adults and advanced readers. Middle graders will find it hard to put down and forget wanting to know what happens next with these relatable characters. >>Super adorable and sweet throughout. There's a lot of heavy stuff going on, but that's life. It's really about love, strength, and growing bonds between friends, and family, sticking together though thick and thin. >>Very emotional! Does come with a happy ending. >>There's a lot going on, but it stays grounded, vivid and clear. >>Brings nostalgia for adults and keeps it relevant for kids today. >>I will absolutely be reading any sequel that follows. I really hope their adventure in Bogalusa is next! Favorite Quotes: "picked out everything in my favorite color--lilac, which is purple with milk in it." "When she returned, Mama was smiling brighter than neon fingernail polish." "It was like when I'd see someone who I used to know in first grade: we were not strangers but we had to become friends all over again." "Have fun. And don't let them streetlights catch you." "Mama told me that a best friend was a relative that you make for yourself. I though about that every time Nikki made me mad. I figured since I made her, I might as well keep her." "Now I knew why maybe Tangie didn't want to cheer anymore. Maybe she couldn't jump so high because there was the same sinking feeling in her stomach that I had that kept her feet on the ground." "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you chose." (Georgie quoting Dr. Seuss)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Public library copy Georgiana (frequently called G-Baby or Georgie) is fairly comfortable with her blended family. They have moved out from the Atlanta metropolitan area to a smaller town, and Georgie gets along well with her stepfather. Her older step-sister, Tangie, is very interesting, but has little time for her new sibling. Georgie, however, is quite nice to her annoying younger sister, Peaches. When the girls return to the city to visit their father and his new wife Millicent (whom they cal Public library copy Georgiana (frequently called G-Baby or Georgie) is fairly comfortable with her blended family. They have moved out from the Atlanta metropolitan area to a smaller town, and Georgie gets along well with her stepfather. Her older step-sister, Tangie, is very interesting, but has little time for her new sibling. Georgie, however, is quite nice to her annoying younger sister, Peaches. When the girls return to the city to visit their father and his new wife Millicent (whom they call the Millipede), Peaches becomes very ill. Unfortunately, Georgie has run off to visit her friend Nikki and not told her father where she is going. Eventually, she is found and taken to the hospital, where she learns that Peaches has a case of encephalitis and will have a lengthy recuperation period. Even with her grandmother there to comfort her, Georgie wants desperately to go back home, where she connects for the first time with Tangie. Peaches recovers, and the family is stronger after their ordeal. Strengths: I was glad to see that all of the parents were still alive-- I think students more often have to deal with different sets of parents and siblings than with dead ones. This has a strong sense of place, with a little bit of dialect, but it's not overly strong. The problems faced with Peaches health scare are realistic, but it's the family dynamics (and the cover) that really sell this one. Weaknesses: I didn't think that Georgie was mean to Peaches at all, which made her guilt a bit nonsensical. While students won't particularly care, I personally am not a fan of women with names like G-Baby and Peaches. The women in my family don't even have "ie" names so that we sound strong and in charge. (Notable exception: Sylvie, my dog!) What I really think: The friend drama will make this enticing to middle grade readers, even though the story about the sister being ill makes this one a bit slow. I can see this being a great choice for elementary students interested in "reading up".

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Arca

    4.5? For what it provides in a middle grade book with a range of well done black characters, this is one of strongest I’ve read yet. Yes yes yes to this book. Recently divorced parents, a newly blended family, a serious health scare, sustaining a positive best friendship, standing up to a bully... there’s so much for Georgie to navigate and she does her best sorting it all out with her best friends, little sister, and new step sister. Her older step sister’s character beautifully allows for intro 4.5? For what it provides in a middle grade book with a range of well done black characters, this is one of strongest I’ve read yet. Yes yes yes to this book. Recently divorced parents, a newly blended family, a serious health scare, sustaining a positive best friendship, standing up to a bully... there’s so much for Georgie to navigate and she does her best sorting it all out with her best friends, little sister, and new step sister. Her older step sister’s character beautifully allows for introduction to some more complicated conversations for younger humans reading this book (protests, the pain of seeing/hearing about black youth your own age being hurt, dealing with loss.. etc). In this way, this book may seem a little heavier than one might expect for middle grade, but it’s still perfectly (read this as EXACTLY) appropriate for middle grade. It tows this line beautifully and it has lightness and a youthful voice. This one should be an easy, perfect one for middle grade teachers to pass to their realistic fiction readers with confidence this year! It would also be a great class read aloud or book club book— especially if you’re looking for entrypoints in how to talk about kindness, friendship, BLM, or all the ways families can look and be:). There’s plenty of relationships to become invested in, as well as some suspenseful moments that will make you worry and not want to put the book down. This book also has the best cover I’ve seen in a long time— it’s just gorgeous. I know, I know, a cover isn’t everything, but middle grade teachers know that covers really matter when you’re handing a third grader a book you think they might like (especially a resistant reader!). I’ll say it again, yes yes yes to this book. Thanks to the publisher, author, and Netgalley for the ARC of this in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Paige Green

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from KidLitExchange and Disney Hyperion. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 4/5 Genre: MG Contemporary Recommended Age: 10+ (love, illness, and blended families) Pages: 304 Author Website Amazon Link Synopsis: Disney-Hyperion has bought debut author Leslie C. Youngblood's middle-grade novel Love Like Sky, as well as a sequel. Love Like Sky follows Georgie as she tries to find her place in her “blended-up” family, with both her parents remarried and a new Disclaimer: I received this book for free from KidLitExchange and Disney Hyperion. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 4/5 Genre: MG Contemporary Recommended Age: 10+ (love, illness, and blended families) Pages: 304 Author Website Amazon Link Synopsis: Disney-Hyperion has bought debut author Leslie C. Youngblood's middle-grade novel Love Like Sky, as well as a sequel. Love Like Sky follows Georgie as she tries to find her place in her “blended-up” family, with both her parents remarried and a new teenage stepsister she'll do anything to win over. When a devastating illness strikes her stepsister, Georgie will do whatever it takes to make her better and bring her family together. Publication of the first book is scheduled for fall 2018. While divorce and blended families are something of the norm in real life, in literature it’s still so obscure. I love how this book was so bold in making this the focal point of the novel. This will be sure to help kids who find themselves in similar situations. I also loved the character development and I thought the plot and writing was very well done as well. However I thought that it lulled in some parts and that the pacing wasn’t very fluid throughout the novel. This didn’t hamper the reading experience overall for me, but it was a little jarring. Verdict: Heart-wrenching book that will tear your soul out and stomp on it! Enjoy!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Crouch

    Thank you to Leslie C. Youngblood for providing an ARC for review to #collabookation. Love Like Sky is a beautiful book about a family in transition. G-Baby's life has changed so much in just a few years. Her parents were separated, and subsequently divorced. Her mother got remarried to a great new husband who has a daughter of his own. Her father has a new significant other as well. Navigating a new town (they moved due to the new marriage) while holding on to her friends back home is a challeng Thank you to Leslie C. Youngblood for providing an ARC for review to #collabookation. Love Like Sky is a beautiful book about a family in transition. G-Baby's life has changed so much in just a few years. Her parents were separated, and subsequently divorced. Her mother got remarried to a great new husband who has a daughter of his own. Her father has a new significant other as well. Navigating a new town (they moved due to the new marriage) while holding on to her friends back home is a challenge. Her new big sister isn't embracing the new blended family. And G-Baby's littler sister, Peaches suddenly gets sick. Love Like Sky has so much packed in, but it never feels overwhelming. It's a testament to all the things our students are going through on any given day. G-Baby is a lovable character who struggles with her situation, but she knows through all the changes that her mother and father love her. It's a great example of the not-so-great aspects of divorce. What I loved about this book is that I really felt like I was in the house with G-Baby. Youngblood writes a reliable, realistic narrator (and family). I found myself wanting to spend more time with them all!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lana

    This is a sweet story about Georgie or G-baby, and her life at 11 years-old. She has a lot going on in her little head about her newly blended family, friends at school, her best friend, and a boy down the street. But when her little sister gets deathly sick and has to go stay in the hospital she realizes just how much her little sister means to her. This is a lovely family story about very relatable events for a child. Relationships in blended families are so hard to navigate and when a loved on This is a sweet story about Georgie or G-baby, and her life at 11 years-old. She has a lot going on in her little head about her newly blended family, friends at school, her best friend, and a boy down the street. But when her little sister gets deathly sick and has to go stay in the hospital she realizes just how much her little sister means to her. This is a lovely family story about very relatable events for a child. Relationships in blended families are so hard to navigate and when a loved one gets sick, you realize all the things that truly matter. After her little sister becomes ill, Georgie’s step sister starts opening up and they begin to build a friendship, something Georgie has wanted all along. Georgie wasn’t sure if her sister’s health would ever improve, or if her family would stay as connected once the family emergency has past? I wasn’t sure either until the very end. Thank you to Disney-Hyperion, NetGalley and the author Leslie C Youngblood for this ARC. This book will be released November 6th, 2018 and all my opinions are my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    This book is many things. There is a newly "blended up" family that is learning to function in healthy ways. The youngest daughter (Peaches) becomes seriously ill with bacterial meningitis. Our main character -- G-baby-- is stuck in the middle. She blames herself for her baby sister's getting so sick. As she deals with crises throughout the story she turns to God in prayer for help. There are struggles with step-parents, friends and getting her older step-sister to see her. The name-checking men This book is many things. There is a newly "blended up" family that is learning to function in healthy ways. The youngest daughter (Peaches) becomes seriously ill with bacterial meningitis. Our main character -- G-baby-- is stuck in the middle. She blames herself for her baby sister's getting so sick. As she deals with crises throughout the story she turns to God in prayer for help. There are struggles with step-parents, friends and getting her older step-sister to see her. The name-checking mentioned in some summaries is done in a balanced and thoughtful way without being preachy or political. Middle grade students will learn lessons about family relationships, friendship, sportsmanship, respecting boundaries or rules set by parents, and more. Thank you to Disney-Hyperion and Edelweiss for a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    4th&up So first of all, the sentiment: a love like the sky, which never ends. I'm crying already. Next, the cover: Georgie- a young girl with such a serious almost sad look in her eyes, the title written in strips of sky floating around her; her shadow which subtly shows the bond Georgie has with her little sister Peaches...Ugh! The cover is so good! I just adore Vashti Harrison's art! Finally, the book itself: a realistic, heartfelt portrayal of a modern middle schooler- family strife, divorce 4th&up So first of all, the sentiment: a love like the sky, which never ends. I'm crying already. Next, the cover: Georgie- a young girl with such a serious almost sad look in her eyes, the title written in strips of sky floating around her; her shadow which subtly shows the bond Georgie has with her little sister Peaches...Ugh! The cover is so good! I just adore Vashti Harrison's art! Finally, the book itself: a realistic, heartfelt portrayal of a modern middle schooler- family strife, divorce, blended family, friendship trouble, social issues/racial justice...this book dealt with a lot, but it was perfectly balanced and felt organic & true- never forced. Just lovely. Thank you to Netgalley and Disney/Hyperion for allowing me access to the ARC, in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Niki

    NOTE: I received an eARC via NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. The storyline and lovely cover drew me in to Love Like Sky, but unfortunately it didn't quite hold up. It is hard to write a brief, but accurate synopsis as this book has a lot going on in it, which is one of the reasons it fell short for me. G-Baby is trying to deal with her sick sister, a new stepsister who seems to hate her, a growing interest in a boy, a new blended family and relocation, her best frien NOTE: I received an eARC via NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. The storyline and lovely cover drew me in to Love Like Sky, but unfortunately it didn't quite hold up. It is hard to write a brief, but accurate synopsis as this book has a lot going on in it, which is one of the reasons it fell short for me. G-Baby is trying to deal with her sick sister, a new stepsister who seems to hate her, a growing interest in a boy, a new blended family and relocation, her best friend being bullied... see what I mean? Within each of those storylines lots happens and the kids continuously make bad decisions that all tidily (unrealistically) work out. Overall, the novel is fine, but I'll likely pass on including it in my libraries.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Stallard

    G-baby (aka Georgie or Georgianna) is desperate for her older stepsister, Tangie, to like her. Unfortunately, Tangie doesn't seem to have any interest in developing a relationship with G-baby or her younger sister Peaches. To make life more complicated, G-baby isn't a huge fan of her dad's new wife, Millicent (aka Millipede). On top of all her family struggles, G-baby and her best friend, Nikki, seem to do nothing but fight. G-baby's life really turns upside down when six-year-old Peaches ends u G-baby (aka Georgie or Georgianna) is desperate for her older stepsister, Tangie, to like her. Unfortunately, Tangie doesn't seem to have any interest in developing a relationship with G-baby or her younger sister Peaches. To make life more complicated, G-baby isn't a huge fan of her dad's new wife, Millicent (aka Millipede). On top of all her family struggles, G-baby and her best friend, Nikki, seem to do nothing but fight. G-baby's life really turns upside down when six-year-old Peaches ends up in ICU extremely ill. Suddenly, all she cares about is Peaches getting better and coming home. Seeing G-baby so upset helps Tangie realize how important family is, blended or not, and she begins to act like the big sister G-baby had longed for her to be. I'm extremely lucky because my parents have been married for 41 years. Both sets of my grandparents were together until death parted them. My in-laws have been married for 45 years + or -(not sure on the exact number). I have no immediate personal experience with divorce, so I could not relate to the complications of a blended family. However, plenty of students and teachers alike will understand exactly how G-baby feels. I did connect to Peaches' situation. My cousin English contracted Meningitis when she was 10 (I was 25); I vividly remember the phone call from my mom telling me she was in the hospital, and it was unclear if she would survive. At the time, I didn't understand the severity of Meningitis, and I felt like my family was overreacting. I feel awful now because I realize how scared my aunt and uncle must have been. My aunt still posts how grateful she is for English's doctors every year on the anniversary of her getting sick. Any reader with a relative who has experienced a severe illness will relate to G-baby's pain and worry for her little sister. I loved Leslie C. Youngblood's vivid language. Her description of love is pure perfection. She compares a parent's love for a child to the sky. The sky never runs out, just like a parent's love never runs out. Any good parent will totally agree with her on that.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    This novel deals with the joys and challenges of blending families. An honest look at how it affects adults and children alike. Georgie (G-Baby) opens the book by entertaining her little sister Peaches in their new home. Mom has remarried and they live in Frank's home. He has a daughter older than G-Baby - she longs to have a big sister but relationships don't develop smoothly. Peaches develops a serious illness which brings out the worst emotions in everyone involved. They learn to rebuild relat This novel deals with the joys and challenges of blending families. An honest look at how it affects adults and children alike. Georgie (G-Baby) opens the book by entertaining her little sister Peaches in their new home. Mom has remarried and they live in Frank's home. He has a daughter older than G-Baby - she longs to have a big sister but relationships don't develop smoothly. Peaches develops a serious illness which brings out the worst emotions in everyone involved. They learn to rebuild relationships and trust each other again as they move forward with new normals. The book starts slowly but picks up the pace about 50 or so pages in.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Lawler

    The process of creating a blended family involving 4 parents and stepparents, and three sisters and stepsisters, is the framework of the plot. The family bonding goes into overdrive when the youngest daughter develops meningitis, and an emotional roller coater ensues. Besides the interactions between the four parents, the kids and stepparents, there is a healthy dose of boyfriend, girlfriend, and alpha girl issues, with mild references to Alzheimer, police brutality, and protest marches. Definit The process of creating a blended family involving 4 parents and stepparents, and three sisters and stepsisters, is the framework of the plot. The family bonding goes into overdrive when the youngest daughter develops meningitis, and an emotional roller coater ensues. Besides the interactions between the four parents, the kids and stepparents, there is a healthy dose of boyfriend, girlfriend, and alpha girl issues, with mild references to Alzheimer, police brutality, and protest marches. Definitely reflects the families and struggles of the times.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Talia Smart

    Just as Jason Reynolds does in his Track series, Leslie C. Youngblood writes with a tenderhearted perspective grounded in current events and realism. Family takes center stage as Georgie copes with her parents' remarriages as well as her little sister's hospital stay. This would be so great for a multi-sibling read-aloud! Only complaint: so many issues are at play here, and that does make the story feel a bit long-winded. But true to life!

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