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Review | A Night in the Sky

A high-flying tale of adventures, inventions, and one wonderful friendship.

Eleven-year-old Peter Hawkins is the world’s greatest genius—but nobody knows it. Abandoned as a toddler, he spends his days alone in a mysterious mansion outside Big Sky, Texas, where he creates amazing inventions and art that no one ever sees. When he summons the courage to attend school, bullies harass him relentlessly, and Peter is far too shy to make any friends.

Determined to escape his lonely life, Peter devises a plan to build a high-powered airplane and escape into the sky. He embarks on a captivating adventure to build his aircraft—outmatching a murderous thief, a mysterious giant, and a desert brimming with danger. But as his incredible Skyliner takes shape, Peter begins to suspect that a secret accomplice is helping him, and that perhaps he’s had a friend all along….

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Hott Review:

A Night in the Sky is a wild tale that’s sure to enrapture many a middle-grade reader. From the bullies to the adventure it’s quite a story.

It reminded me a bit of A Series of Unfortunate Events. I just can’t imagine things being so horrible for this child or for him to be able to not only overcome but to thrive in his circumstances.

Though at times I couldn’t say I was enjoying A Night in the Sky, I will say that I loved the last third.

I can’t recommend A Night in the Sky arbitrarily. There were some word choices and phrases will keep me from sharing it with my middle-grade readers. Besides that I felt like the vocabulary went from being elementary to confounding, at least for many.

A Night in the Sky was a cute book I’m not sorry to have read but that I won’t be recommending to many.


Author: Tate Lown
Source: I purchased A Night in the Sky on June 21, 2017 when it was free.
Publisher & Date: September 23rd 2016 by BookBaby
Genre: Middle-Grade
ISBN: 0692664661 (ISBN-13: 978-0692664667)
Pages: 216
Grade: C+
Ages: 13+
Steam: YA | No steam but a few word choices that some may not deem appropriate
Setting: 1961 Big Sky, Texas

Author Bio:

Tate LownTate Lown was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He attended Northwestern University before venturing to Los Angeles, California, where he currently resides. In addition to writing, Tate serves as the Creative Director of Thalicer Entertainment.

Catch up with Tate on his website: author's website


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