The Sky Over Rebecca

Union Square & Co. Nov. 2023. 256p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781454951896.
Gr 4-7–This magical book grabs readers from the start as a young girl learns the fantastical possibilities of faith, love, and relationships. The novel opens with Kara, who spends much of her time alone, witnessing unusual occurrences during the long, cold winter in Stockholm. Strange things start happening, like footprints in the snow with no owner. While investigating these oddities, Kara discovers Rebecca and her brother Sam, two lost children who just might be World War II refugees, lost in time—or are they? Kara has to confront Lars, whose actions toward her new friends lead her to step up and be brave. Fox crafts a spectacular novel that explores family and friendship—and their importance throughout history and across time: “ a frozen river on which we walk. But the layer of ice that separates us from the past is paper thin.” Water as metaphor threads the multiple genres together into a cohesive result. Short sentences, paragraphs, and chapters enhance the depth and pace of this engaging story.
VERDICT A great read for those intrigued by a unique, genre-mixing exploration of the era and friendship.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing