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Love Like Sky
Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award Nominee, 2020
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In this heartfelt middle-grade novel that “brims with charm and compassion” (Vashti Harrison, New York Times bestselling author of Little Leaders), eleven-year-old G-baby must bring her family together when her little sister faces a dangerous illness
"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?”
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.
"Readers will fall in love with Georgie and her 'blended-up' family as they navigate tough challenges and new family dynamics."
*"Youngblood's debut is a celebration of intergenerational family bonds. Readers in co-parenting or blended families especially will relate to the conflicts between Georgie's loving but imperfect parents. An openhearted, endearing, and unforgettable debut about the challenges of friendship, growing up, and the boundless love of family."— (starred review)
"Using beautiful prose, Youngblood's debut explores the expansive love only siblings can have for one another, while capturing the heart and soul of what it means to be a blended family. The multilayered characters and compelling story will resonate with readers... Young readers will fall in love with these characters and gain a new favorite author."
"Youngblood gives G-Baby's narration energy and detail, and her desperate longings for approval... are vividly and authentically preteen... The warm and committed... African-American family is good literary company, and readers may hope to see more adventures from G-Baby."—BCCB
Winter 2018 Kids' Indie Next List
SIBA 2018 Fall Okra Pick
Kirkus Reviews' Best Middle Grade Family Stories of 2018
Bookish: Brilliant Book Covers: The Best Covers of November 2018, selection
Atlanta Parent: Best Books of 2018, selection
PennGSE Newsroom: The Best Books of 2018 for Young Readers, selection
BNKids: Our Favorite Contemporary Middle Grade of 2018, selection
BookRiot: Black Kids on Book Covers: Middle Grade Edition, selection (2019)
"Brims with charm and compassion. Readers will immediately be rooting for G-Baby, a girl with the biggest heart, trying her hardest to help everyone around her.”—Vashti Harrison, best-selling author of