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Halfway to the Sky Hardcover – April 9, 2002 by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Author)

I have my 5th graders read this novel as part of my yearlong theme: Reach Your Peak, One Step at a Time. The novel reinforces the value of how hard work can pay off with regards to goals. It also does a good job in teaching a young person to be more aware of what’s happening around him or her. Hot button topics that come up include death of loved ones, divorce, as well as coping in strained relationships. The good side is that Dani learns and instructs how not to deal with these issues, in addition to overcoming them. Check it out!

From School Library Journal Grade 5-8-Grieving over the recent death of her 13-year-old brother from muscular dystrophy and the breakup of her parents’ marriage that immediately followed, 12-year-old Dani runs away from home, intending to hike the Appalachian Trail, where her parents met 14 years earlier. Her mother tracks her down in the middle of her second night away, and Dani convinces her to accompany her-first for a few nights, then for a week, and finally for just over two months. Along with discoveries about the natural world, Dani also finds the capacity to hike and to heal emotionally. She improves her relationship with her mother and is able to return home with a changed attitude that will allow her to mend fractured friendships. This is a fairly standard coming-of-age novel with the added benefit of Dani’s mother also growing and healing during their time together on the trail. Although they must return home and resume their normal lives, they vow to continue their hike in sections until they complete their goal, which ends the novel on a positive note and hints at a continued closeness between mother and daughter. The book’s setting provides a unique backdrop to their mutual journeys of discovery, and an afterword supplies an abbreviated history of the 2163-mile Appalachian Trail.Ellen Fader, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Halfway to the Sky Hardcover – April 9, 2002 by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Author) Review

This is an easy read that would be great for advanced elementary school/middle school readers. I love that it shows the reader how much fun it can be to get outside and hike! It also shows how a mother and daughter can do things together in order to help them grow closer. It made me add "Hike the Appalachian Trail" to my bucket list :). -Read Reviews-

I read this to my students several years ago and now have just read it to my children. I loved this book so much that I started hiking the AT once a year and can’t wait until I can do more.

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