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Between Two Skies

G rodeo But dearest to her heart she has the peace that only comes when she takes her skiff out to where there is nothing but sky and air and water and wings It's a small life but it is Evangeline's And then the storm comes and everything changes Amid the chaos and pain and destruction comes Tru a fellow refugee a budding bluesman a balm for Evangel. I received an advanced reading copy of BETWEEN TWO SKIES and am so happy I did Joanne s a fellow North Carolinian but the book doesn t take place in NC Instead it captivates the beautiful Louisiana skies I was captured right away by the writing the landscape of Bayou Perdu and the characters Evangeline and Tru were exactly who I wanted them to be This story paints an authentic picture of the struggles brought on by Hurricane Katrina but without the broad strokes We get to focus on the details first love friendship family All of which are upturned by this mighty storm And did I mention Longfellow This is a read that ll stick Five stars

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Ine s aching heart Told in a strong steady voice with a keen sense of place and a vivid cast of characters here is a novel that asks compelling uestions about class and politics exile and belonging and the pain of being cast out of your home But above all this remarkable debut tells a gently woven love story difficult to put down impossible to forge. A beautiful debut with such vivid descriptions of the Louisiana setting and the destruction of Katrina A love letter to Bayou Perdu and the sweet musical love story of Evangeline and Tru

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Hurricane Katrina sets a teenage girl adrift But a new life and the promise of love emerges in this rich highly readable debutBayou Perdu a tiny fishing town way way down in Louisiana is home to sixteen year old Evangeline Riley She has her best friends Kendra and Danielle; her wise beloved Mamere; and back to back titles in the under sixteen fishin. Read this Review and on my blogThe Book Return Blog Between Two Skies is the story of Evangeline She loves her Mam re grandmother her small Louisiana town and being out on the water This novel highlights her family s pain and struggles after Hurricane Katrina hits their small Louisiana townA Brief History of the CajunsThe history of the Cajun people is central to the theme of Between Two Skies For that reason I would like to briefly review their historyI think most of us know that a sizable part of the population of southern Louisiana are Cajun We all know that Cajun s are of French descent and have their own foodcultureand even language Even though the Louisiana Purchase and the French and Indian War are touched upon in American history classes I don t think most of us know what that has to do with how the Cajuns got to LouisianaBack in 1750 the English France and Spanish had all laid claim to parts of North America The French colonies were collectively called New France The part of history that I think is not generally well known is that at this point New France occupied a large area of eastern Canada and what is now the central part of the USLike the English the French had separate NorthAmerican colonies These colonies were Canada Hudson s Bay Acadia Newfoundland Plaisance and Louisiana this occupied a larger area then the present day stateThen came the treaty of Utrecht It was a series of peace treaties signed by Spain Great Britain France Portugal Savoy and the Dutch Republic to settle the War of Spanish Succession In this treaty France gave the area of Acadia to the English this today is the Maritime provinces and parts of modern day uebec and Maine The English agreed to allow the Acadians to stay That is until the Acadians refused to sign an unconditional oath to Britain As a result the British governor Charles Lawrence and the Nova Scotia Council ordered the Acadians to be expelled They were sent to the British American colonies England and France Families were often slit up and sent to separate destinations A few ended just west of the Mississippi River in French colonized Louisiana By 1764 many Acadians who were expelled to other areas began to resettle in LouisianaThrough time the word Acadian became the word Cajun Up until the early twentieth century the Cajun s were somewhat isolated This resulted in the Cajuns developing their own uniue culture and dialectIn 1847 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow published the epic poem Evangeline Evangeline told the story of the displaced Acadians Evangeline was extremely well received at the time and helped to bring awareness of the Expulsions of the AcadiansMy Review of Between Two Skies Evangeline of Between Two Skies is named after the Evangeline of Wadsworth s poem Between Two Skies begins in 2005 right before Hurricane Katrina hits the Gulf coast The story then progresses to Evangeline s life during and after the stormA story is often enjoyed and is meaningful when the reader can relate to the book s charactersEvangeline was one of those characters for me This novel captures perfectly the underlying edge of living in a hurricane prone area during hurricane season Something I ve ever read in a novel beforeAnother element of the story that I connected with was Evangeline s Cajun background This is the first YA love I have read where the main character is an American of French decent Even though my own maternal grandmother was of u b cois decent and not Cajun Evangeline s Mam re and her sayings reminded me a lot of my M m Beyond the connection that I had to Evangeline s story I found this to be one of the most well written and multi layered YA books that I have ever read I find many of YA novels have similar themes and characters Between Two Skies does not It tells the story of an ordinary sixteen year old girl whose life is turned upside down when she is forced from her home Just this makes an amazing story Between Two Skies is so much though It parallels this Evangeline s story with the Evangeline of Longfellow s poem Both are driven from their homes under terrible circumstances but they each try to make the best of their circumstancesThere is some romance in this novel At first I wasn t sure it was a necessary part of the story However as the book went on I realized the romance in the Between Two Skies parallels the romance of the Evangeline in the Longfellow poemThe imagery in this book is just amazing For example there is a scene is the book whereEvangeline explains that when she is out in her boat that she is Between Two Skies The real sky and the sky s reflection in the water Also this coverMy Final JudgementI really think this book is amazing The prose is one of the best I have read in a long time The storyline was complex and multi dimensional The story it s self positive and inspiring I can t wait for Joanne O Sullivan next novel If this is here d but novel I can t wait to see what she does nextThis review was originally posted on The Book return

10 thoughts on “Between Two Skies

  1. says:

    Joanne O’Sullivan’s debut novel BETWEEN TWO SKIES offers a vivid story of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Sixteen year old Evangeline Riley is a resident of Bayou Perdu Louisiana a small fishing village O’Sullivan’s lyric writing makes this world real You can hear the zydeco music in the background You can see the pelicans and feel the water You can taste the beignets charbroiled oysters saint and pepper crab and gum

  2. says:

    Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans? Not just the song by Louis Armstrong but the actual place? The place with “inexpressible sweetness?” If you don't you can experience it in Joanne O’Sullivan’s young adult novel BETWEEN TWO SKIES O’Sullivan gives us a taste of pre Katrina life in Bayou Perdu LA for sixteen year old Ev

  3. says:

    Read this Review and on my blogThe Book Return Blog'Between Two Skies' is the story of Evangeline She loves her Mamére grandmother her small Louisiana town and being out on the water This novel highlights her family's pain and str

  4. says:

    Between Two Skies pulls you into a compelling narrative that brings to life Evangeline's journey and the journeys of other hurricane refugee families Families and friendships that were splintered and transformed after Katrina Told from Evangeline's point of view O'Sullivan masterfully weaves in the stories of other refugees through compelling dialogue and events that shine a light on the difficult circumstances

  5. says:

    From what I can tell this is O'Sullivan's debut novel a fact which makes its easy natural rhythms even impressive She tells

  6. says:

    I received an advanced reading copy of BETWEEN TWO SKIES and am so happy I did Joanne's a fellow North Carolinian but the book doesn't take plac

  7. says:

    A beautiful debut with such vivid descriptions of the Louisiana setting and the destruction of Katrina A love letter to Bayou Perdu and the sweet musical love story of Evangeline and Tru

  8. says:

    I really loved this beautifully written story Evangeline and her family must evacuate southern Louisiana in advanc

  9. says:

    One of my favorite YA titles of the year I have always been fascinated by the city of New Orleans and the area surrounding it and am forever changed by seeing the devastation Katrina caused the entire coastal area I remember so clearly exactly

  10. says:

    Beautifully written heartbreakingly real O'Sullivan nails teen romance A realistic reminder of the devastation of Katrina and its effects on families especially young teens

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