The year we fell from space

by King, A. S. 1970-

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Liberty Johansen is going to change the way we look at the night sky. Most people see the old constellations, the things they've been told to see. But Liberty sees new patterns, pictures, and possibilities. She's an exception.

Some other exceptions:

Her dad, who gave her the stars. Who moved out months ago and hasn't talked to her since.

Her mom, who's happier since he left, even though everyone thinks she should be sad and lonely.

And her sister, who won't go outside their house.

Liberty feels like her whole world is falling from space. Can she map a new life for herself and her family before they spin too far out of reach?
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Twelve-year-old Liberty learns that her dad suffers from depression and begins feeling her own symptoms throughout the year of her parents' divorce. As a young astronomer, Liberty had always found comfort in drawing original star maps, and it was her dream to change the way people see the heavens, but she leaves her hobby behind as she sinks into a morass of anger and confusion. When she asks the stars to reunite her parents, they answer by sending a meteorite crashing into her backyard. The heavy rock becomes her sounding board as she grapples with her father's new lifestyle, her mom and little sister's own fallout, and the fact that reconciliation won't happen. This is a deeply emotional book, immersed in Liberty's first-person introspection, but it never drags, propelled by the suspense of interfamilial tension and King's (Me and Marvin Gardens, 2017) beautifully efficient prose. It's also a sad, utterly honest book, capturing the grief, longing, and loss of divorce. Liberty's depression seeps through the pages, and readers may themselves sink at times. The ending, however, remarkably offers hope and healing without minimizing the lingering realities of depression and separation. This is required reading for both children and parents of divorce, all of whom will find themselves reflected in this heartachingly cathartic tale of family, mental health, and coping.--Ronny Khuri Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "King (Me and Marvin Gardens) capably tackles the complexities of divorce and depression in this multifaceted novel. When 12-year-old narrator Liberty's parents announce their separation, the budding astronomer--who creates star maps featuring new constellations--plunges into a difficult new reality. Familial change is further impacted by confusing social dynamics at school, where Liberty is outcast from a group of friends; the intense responsibility she feels toward her younger sister Jilly, who ceased going outside following their parents' separation; and her father's absence. Anxious Liberty proves keenly observant, piecing together her father's new relationship and often considering what she has in common with him and how his depression manifests ("It makes him do things like snap or yell or stare into space or drive away for a few hours or sit in a room with no lights on for a day"). The running internal dialogue she conducts with a meteorite that falls to the woods near her home offers insight into her struggles and fears but can break the narrative pace; still, strong character interaction and Liberty's engaging, often humorous voice make the difficult slice-of-life topics relatable. Ages 8--12. (Oct.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Depression, Mental -- Juvenile fiction.
Meteorites -- Juvenile fiction.
Divorce -- Juvenile fiction.
Dysfunctional families -- Juvenile fiction.
Sisters -- Juvenile fiction.
Fathers and daughters -- Juvenile fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Juvenile fiction.
Bullying -- Juvenile fiction.
Depression, Mental -- Fiction.
Meteorites -- Fiction.
Divorce -- Fiction.
Family life -- Fiction.
Sisters -- Fiction.
Parent and child -- Fiction.
Bullying -- Fiction.
JUVENILE FICTION -- Social Issues -- Depression & Mental Illness.
Depression, Mental.
Dysfunctional families.
Fathers and daughters.
Mothers and daughters.
Juvenile works.
Publisher New York, NY :2019.
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 262 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781338236361
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