Watch the Sky (Hardcover)

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Jory’s stepfather sees signs everywhere. The end is coming, the Officials are not to be trusted, and their family is slowly digging a bunker in the canyon behind their house. As Jory’s tentative friendships at school start to draw him out of his isolation, his relationship with his family grows more strained. I loved this suspenseful but sweet story about caring for the people you love and learning to make your own decisions about the world.

— From Liz's Kids Book Recommendations


The signs are everywhere, Jory's stepfather, Caleb, says.Red leaves in the springtime. Pages torn from a library book. All the fish in the aquarium facing the same way. A cracked egg with twin yolks. Everywhere and anywhere. And because of them Jory's life is far from ordinary. He must follow a very specific set of rules: don't trust anyone outside the family, have your works at the ready just in case, and always, "always" watch out for the signs. The end is coming, and they must be prepared. School is Jory's only escape from Caleb's tight grasp, and with the help of new friends Jory begins to explore a world beyond his family's farm. As Jory's friendships grow, Caleb notifies Jory's mother and siblings that the time has come for final preparations. They begin an exhausting schedule digging a mysterious tunnel in anticipation of the disaster. But as the hold gets deeper, so does the family's doubt about whether Caleb's prophecy is true. When the stark reality of his stepfather's plans becomes clear, Jory must choose between living his own life or following Caleb, shutting his eyes to the bright world he's just begun to see.

About the Author

Kirsten Hubbard is the author of two YA novels from Delacorte, Wanderlove and Like Mandarin. She also runs the popular blog YA Highway (http: // and she holds a BA in writing from UCSD. Kirsten lives in San Diego, California. This is her first middle-grade novel. Visit her online at http: // or on Twitter @KirstenHubbard.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781484708330
ISBN-10: 1484708334
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: April 7th, 2015
Pages: 272
Language: English