An Uninterrupted View of the Sky by Melanie Crowder

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Read An Uninterrupted View of the Sky Online Free - Modern history unearthed as a boy becomes an innocent victim of corruption in the underbelly of Bolivia's crime world, where the power of family is both a prison and the only means of survival.

It's 1999 in Bolivia and Francisco's life consists of school, soccer, and trying to find space for himself in his family's cramped yet boisterous home. But when his father is arrested on false charges and sent to prison by a corrupt system that targets the uneducated, the poor, and the indigenous majority, Francisco's mother abandons hope and her family. Francisco and his sister are left with no choice: They must move into the prison with their father. There, they find a world unlike anything they've ever known, where everything—a door, a mattress, protection from other inmates—has its price.

Prison life is dirty, dire, and dehumanizing. With their lives upended, Francisco faces an impossible decision: Break up the family and take his sister to their grandparents in the Andean highlands, fleeing the city and the future that was just within his grasp, or remain together in the increasingly dangerous prison. Pulled between two equally undesirable options, Francisco must confront everything he once believed about the world around him and his place within it.

In this heart-wrenching novel inspired by real events, Melanie Crowder sheds light on a little-known era of modern South American history—where injustice still darkens the minds and hearts of people alike—and proves that hope can be found, even in the most desperate places.

Perfect for fans of Ruta Sepetys, Matt de la Pena, and Jacqueline Woodson.

Title : An Uninterrupted View of the Sky
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ISBN : 0399169008
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Brandy rated it ★★★★★

July 30, 2017

Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. You know how when you read a book that opens your eyes to something you never knew about, it can come to mean the world to you almost instantly? When it rips your heart open and makes you love the characters, it has even more impact. This...

Meg rated it ★★★★★

June 12, 2017

A gut wrenching yet heart warming story about the unconsidered consequences of the US war on drugs on families in Colombia. Told with honesty and sensitivity.

Alicia rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 11, 2017

No one will argue that stories like these are the stories that should be written about but not all books should be on the shelf just because there needs to be more content like it. 1999, Bolivia, war on drugs and penal codes = disaster for Francisco's family after their father's false arrest. But...

Lindsey rated it ★★★★☆

July 18, 2017

This book was really touching and moving. I even cried a little bit!

Kristen rated it ★★★★★

July 08, 2017

This book is so important: it's a story that needs to get told. With lyrical writing and a voice that is real and multi-faceted, An Uninterrupted View of the Sky opens a dialogue about the political, economical, and social situations in Bolivia and the U.S.'s role in all of it--while never losing...

Donsou rated it ★★★★★

January 03, 2018

I recently was able to complete this book in December. This book takes place in 1999 in a crime and government corrupted country of Bolivia. Fransisco lacks off in school, he plays soccer, and in his view, he is living his happy lives. But then his world turns upside down when his father is arrest...

Cindy rated it ★★★★★

September 09, 2017

Crowder, Melanie An Uninterrupted View of the Sky, 286 pages. Philomel (Penguin), 2017. Language: PG (14 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG (possibility of rape avoided); Violence: PG-13 (beatings, fights). Francisco, 17, and his family lead a poor, but loving life in a poor part of a Bolivian cit...

Lupita rated it ★★★★★

August 04, 2017

An incredible subtle book that wraps around your heart. Once you start you can't stop reading this book. Which is part adventure, and part poetry book. Although it's a novel, it feels like a documentary film unfolding the horrors of children forced to take on the challenge of living in a country...

Jennifer rated it ★★★★☆

November 29, 2017

When his father is arrested on false drug charges and his mother abandons him and his sister Pilar, Francisco’s life goes from school and soccer to a prison. Within the prison walls, they struggle to find a safe place as Francisco’s father pushes him to leave, take Pilar, and go to the hills of B...

Erikka rated it ★★★★☆

September 15, 2017

This book was an eye-opener. I had no idea about Bolivian prisons, the 1008 law, or the incarceration of children alongside their parents. It reminded me of the unfairness and shortsightedness of Victorian debtor's prisons, taking away an opportunity to thrive from children being punished for the...

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