The Year We Fell From Space
The deeply affecting next book from acclaimed author Amy Sarig King.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?

The Year We Fell From Space Details

TitleThe Year We Fell From Space
Author
ReleaseOct 15th, 2019
PublisherArthur A. Levine Books
ISBN-139781338236361
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, Health, Mental Health, Mental Illness

The Year We Fell From Space Review

  • sue
    January 1, 1970
    So yep, I’ve just read a Middle Grade book that was so good I’d recommend to adults. A lot can be learnt from this story.A family that breaks up. The constellation in the sky seems on track, planned and focused.But when the parents split, a rock falls to earth. A heavy burden for the kids in that relationship to handle.Dad has his mental health problem that afflicts him. But did they really break up because of that?This is a well written well thought out story that I flew through within two So yep, I’ve just read a Middle Grade book that was so good I’d recommend to adults. A lot can be learnt from this story.A family that breaks up. The constellation in the sky seems on track, planned and focused.But when the parents split, a rock falls to earth. A heavy burden for the kids in that relationship to handle.Dad has his mental health problem that afflicts him. But did they really break up because of that?This is a well written well thought out story that I flew through within two evenings.There’s a lot I can say about this story but I’m reluctant as you need to experience this for yourselves if you choose to read it.The physical book is quite beautiful, the sections/parts have black pages with stars on.The chapters a fast and snappy giving you a feel of reading very quickly.Loved it.I need to find more middle grade books! Any recommendations, let me know.
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  • Neil (or bleed)
    January 1, 1970
    The Year We Fell From Space is a well-written, moving middle grade novel about divorce and mental health. Specifically, this is the story of children stuck in the middle of their parents' divorce and how they are affecting by this separation. Liberty's character is realistic and genuine yet quite infuriating, at times. But it's understandable as she is experiencing a bad thing, which is the divorce of her parents. She's acting irrational as a way to cope and process all of these things and it's The Year We Fell From Space is a well-written, moving middle grade novel about divorce and mental health. Specifically, this is the story of children stuck in the middle of their parents' divorce and how they are affecting by this separation. Liberty's character is realistic and genuine yet quite infuriating, at times. But it's understandable as she is experiencing a bad thing, which is the divorce of her parents. She's acting irrational as a way to cope and process all of these things and it's apparent when you read the book, how she is hurt, confused and trying her best to understand what she needs to understand. It's contagious. It's a pity what Lib is experiencing but it is also commendable how she is overcoming herself to be matured enough to discern the things along the way to acceptance. The Year We Fell From Space is a great book. And it becomes greater because of the magical realism infused to this book, which is interesting and amplify the importance of why this book was written.
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusLiberty's parents are both interested in hiking, camping and out door pursuits; her mother writes about these things, and her father introduced her to astronomy. Liberty likes to draw star maps and create her own, modern constellations. Her father struggles with depression, and when the parents separate and he moves out, he doesn't follow through on visitations, and it's a long time until the girls see him. In the meantime, Liberty finds what she thinks is a E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusLiberty's parents are both interested in hiking, camping and out door pursuits; her mother writes about these things, and her father introduced her to astronomy. Liberty likes to draw star maps and create her own, modern constellations. Her father struggles with depression, and when the parents separate and he moves out, he doesn't follow through on visitations, and it's a long time until the girls see him. In the meantime, Liberty finds what she thinks is a meteorite that has crashed in the forest near the family's home, and finds comfort in discussing her situation with the rock. She has trouble getting along with others, and her former best friend has "excommunicated" her from the 6th grade because Liberty thinks dating and the fake weddings at recess are silly. Liberty thinks that she may have some of the same mental health issues that her father has, and she certainly has a lot of anger. Luckily, her mother does have her seeing a therapist, and the frequency of these appointments increases after Liberty gets angry and throws a toaster. Eventually, the girls get to spend time with their father again, but he has a new girlfriend and doesn't handle telling the girls very well. Liberty has an issue at school that she has to resolve, and she and her family have to work on finding a way forward with their new reality. Strengths: This was a very realistic depiction of divorce and of dealing with a parent with depression issues. I liked that Liberty was able to be able to deal with neighbor boys who were mean to her in a kind way when their parents also got divorced. It was good to see a year of slow progress made by the family on their way to a new normal. I don't know that there are very many books about parents dating after divorce, but I would imagine this is a huge concern for tweens. I also appreciated that everyone was getting help, and that there are resources in the back of the book. Weaknesses: This was a slow and introspective story, and it was a bit odd that Liberty talked to the rock and that it answered. What I really think: There are so many books dealing with serious issues right now, and I can't buy them all. I think I will pass on this one because the story is slow moving, and this author's Me and Marvin Gardens doesn't circulate even though I rather enjoyed it.
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  • Garance J. Bonadonna (The Nerdy Bookseller)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not sure where to start...This book is absolutely wonderful, and I can't wait for it to come out so I can share it with you guys.This is the story of Liberty, 12, stars mapmaker. This is the story of her parents divorcing and how it felt like falling from space. This is the story of a meteor. This is the story of how mental health should be seen vs how stigma tarnishes it. This is the story of life.This is the second book I read by A.S. King and it certainly won't be the last.It is so I'm not sure where to start...This book is absolutely wonderful, and I can't wait for it to come out so I can share it with you guys.This is the story of Liberty, 12, stars mapmaker. This is the story of her parents divorcing and how it felt like falling from space. This is the story of a meteor. This is the story of how mental health should be seen vs how stigma tarnishes it. This is the story of life.This is the second book I read by A.S. King and it certainly won't be the last.It is so utterly authentic and healthy. She knows how to write emotions, how to describe them, how to make them understandable. This is a middle grade book that made me discover things about myself that therapy didn't.The author opens your eyes on mental health, feelings and how we are exception.This book should be read by everyone. Teachers and students, to raise mental health awareness. Kids and grown ups, to make conversations easiest.Above all this book is a beautiful, touching, deeply moving story, with a little girl that you want to hold and hug.This is a book about a little girl who used to be me. I should hug her sometimes.So if you want a thought provoking, original and heart warming story to get back to your inner child, to understand mental illness, to understand divorce, to understand the importance of talking and expressing yourself, and if you like stars, then I definitely recommend this book. It is a true wonder.Wouldn't recommend below 12 though.
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  • Brandy
    January 1, 1970
    I read this in one sitting.And then I read it again.Liberty is 12 years old and reeling from her parents' separation. She's outside working on a star map (on which she creates her own constellations, which help her to focus her mind and process things) when a meteorite comes from the sky. Liberty wants her parents to reconcile, and bargains with the night sky, with the meteorite, to make it happen. It doesn't. She can't find the constellations in the maps from the week her dad moved out. She I read this in one sitting.And then I read it again.Liberty is 12 years old and reeling from her parents' separation. She's outside working on a star map (on which she creates her own constellations, which help her to focus her mind and process things) when a meteorite comes from the sky. Liberty wants her parents to reconcile, and bargains with the night sky, with the meteorite, to make it happen. It doesn't. She can't find the constellations in the maps from the week her dad moved out. She knows that her dad has depression but doesn't fully get what that means, even though she's struggling with similar, nameless emotions herself. The constellations won't come. The meteorite's advice is a mixed bag.This hit home for me, square in the chest. As is to be expected with King's books, there's not a single wasted word; the sentences flow smoothly with distinct voice and rhythm. The meteorite adds a surreal element to an otherwise straightforward story. Required reading for middle schoolers, especially the ones who are struggling to understand their emotions and those of their parents.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Coming October 2019. At 12 years old, Liberty uses her star maps, which she uses to find new constellations. She really needs this coping mechanism since Dad moved out, but for the first time it's failing her. How can she explore, name, react and fix what is happening without it? Such an important book for everyone--but a way in for those who love preteens to start conversations around emotions, where they come from, what they reveal, and what it means to deal with them in various (helpful and Coming October 2019. At 12 years old, Liberty uses her star maps, which she uses to find new constellations. She really needs this coping mechanism since Dad moved out, but for the first time it's failing her. How can she explore, name, react and fix what is happening without it? Such an important book for everyone--but a way in for those who love preteens to start conversations around emotions, where they come from, what they reveal, and what it means to deal with them in various (helpful and unhelpful) ways.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    Great middle school novel dealing with divorce and depression.
  • Ives Phillips
    January 1, 1970
    A tale following the despair of divorce and how it damages everyone, The Year We Fell From Space does more than explore the manifestation of mental illness in both children and adults, it it paints it in big, red letters on a banner and waves it; it blares it from the speakers loud and clear, until people can't keep sweeping the existence of mental illness under the rug and politely ignore the large bump in the middle of the room. Every part of this book was a punch to the gut, which is a rare A tale following the despair of divorce and how it damages everyone, The Year We Fell From Space does more than explore the manifestation of mental illness in both children and adults, it it paints it in big, red letters on a banner and waves it; it blares it from the speakers loud and clear, until people can't keep sweeping the existence of mental illness under the rug and politely ignore the large bump in the middle of the room. Every part of this book was a punch to the gut, which is a rare and astounding feat in books geared towards children and tweens (sorry, Liberty). It's what we need now, we being children who can't understand or articulate that heaviness in our bodies that grows with every setback and change; adults who want to know why their kid is hurting so much and feel helpless in comforting them, and for adults, like me, who wish that this book, and books like this, were available back in the day.
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  • Laura Gardner
    January 1, 1970
    5/5 for The Year We Fell From Space, a strange, but deeply affecting #mglit novel about the pain of divorce and how it impacts the entire f[email protected]_king_ knows how to break your heart with words. Liberty's pain and emotions about her parents' divorce (which is introduced on page 1!) is so hard to watch and of course that's what makes it realistic. She talks to the meteorite she's keeping in her room about the possibility of her parents getting back together even as part of her realizes that 5/5 for The Year We Fell From Space, a strange, but deeply affecting #mglit novel about the pain of divorce and how it impacts the entire [email protected]_king_ knows how to break your heart with words. Liberty's pain and emotions about her parents' divorce (which is introduced on page 1!) is so hard to watch and of course that's what makes it realistic. She talks to the meteorite she's keeping in her room about the possibility of her parents getting back together even as part of her realizes that will never happen. She is irrationally angry at the world, fears that she'll inherit her father's depression and is acting out in strange ways. Basically, she's a mess. Her first person narrative conveys her messy emotions effectively. I couldn't look away from her journey and finished the book in one sitting. .Highly recommended for all elementary and middle school libraries.."I can't remember anything the way it used to be. And I don't know how to be in this new family. A family of three. A galaxy missing a vital planet. It's like I dreamed all this."
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  • Laura Ungureanu
    January 1, 1970
    5Liberty is a witty little girl. She has a strange way of coping with her parents' divorce. She draws maps of the stars and instead of connecting the old constellations, she connects the dots in some new way, creating different patterns. It's a piece of what her father taught her, which is helpful now that she doesn't see him anymore.This book deals with divorce, depression, secrets, and bullying. Every one of these subjects is treated in a wonderful way. I can't even begin to describe, you just 5🌟Liberty is a witty little girl. She has a strange way of coping with her parents' divorce. She draws maps of the stars and instead of connecting the old constellations, she connects the dots in some new way, creating different patterns. It's a piece of what her father taught her, which is helpful now that she doesn't see him anymore.This book deals with divorce, depression, secrets, and bullying. Every one of these subjects is treated in a wonderful way. I can't even begin to describe, you just need to read it. Liberty is a wonderful main character. She is witty, intelligent, understanding. She has a way of thinking that will catch everyone's attention. And she grows into such a beautiful character by the end of the book. I'm proud of her. I also have an affinity for stars, so I completely understood her. She was a perfectly relatable character. It was a heart-breaking and beautiful experience, full of emotions and amazing characters. The author surpassed my expectations for a middle-grade book.*Arc provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a completely honest review. Thank you!*
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  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book at BEA 2019. It was excellent. A.S. King writes the story of 12-year-old Liberty's experience with the separation/divorce of her parents. Liberty's dad has depression, it has effected their family. He moves out and so begins the year they fell from space. Liberty has problems with bully's in school and fears she has depression like her father. Liberty wants to help everyone in her family (her parents and little sister), but she also has to learn to help herself. I received an ARC of this book at BEA 2019. It was excellent. A.S. King writes the story of 12-year-old Liberty's experience with the separation/divorce of her parents. Liberty's dad has depression, it has effected their family. He moves out and so begins the year they fell from space. Liberty has problems with bully's in school and fears she has depression like her father. Liberty wants to help everyone in her family (her parents and little sister), but she also has to learn to help herself. Liberty loves stars, but loses her passion when her dad moves out and her whole world changes. This is an amazing story of a family learning to communicate with each other when there are things that are hard to talk about. Highly recommended for middle school students and higher that like realistic fiction.
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  • Tracey
    January 1, 1970
    Heart-tugging book about divorce and mental illness and lies and friendship. Anyone who deals with kids should read this to get a look at how depression can affect young people. And the author's note has possibly life-saving information about where children, teens, parents, and teachers can go to get help.
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  • Nadia King
    January 1, 1970
    The Year We Fell From Space is Amy Sarig King’s second middle-grade novel. The world falls apart when Liberty Johansen’s parents sit her and her sister down to tell them her dad is moving out.But Liberty’s dad is the person who the budding-astronomer shared her star gazing with, he was her “guiding star”. Everything changes the day Liberty’s dad leaves, it was like Liberty fell from space.What really struck me about this book was the way King (no relation to me) portrayed Liberty’s internal The Year We Fell From Space is Amy Sarig King’s second middle-grade novel. The world falls apart when Liberty Johansen’s parents sit her and her sister down to tell them her dad is moving out.But Liberty’s dad is the person who the budding-astronomer shared her star gazing with, he was her “guiding star”. Everything changes the day Liberty’s dad leaves, it was like Liberty fell from space.What really struck me about this book was the way King (no relation to me) portrayed Liberty’s internal speech. As adults, it’s easy to forget how acutely sensitive children are to family breakdowns, everything really does change for them and children have to learn how to navigate their feelings, the changing relationships within the family, and still function at school and outside the home.The depiction of Liberty is openly honest. I could totally relate to her mixed-up feelings of anger and frustration. Add to that, the social terrain of Liberty’s school life (with its own set of problems) and it’s a wonder that any children survive their parents’ separation and divorce. King has captured Liberty’s interior angst perfectly. But the crux of this book is the portrayal of Liberty’s dad and his struggles with depression and anxiety, and how it affects the whole family. King sensitively depicts depression and gently points to ways to seek help.I loved this book. I’ve been a fan of King’s work for years, she tells a cracking story while also tackling societal issues in unobtrusive and non-didactic ways.Bravo, King on this tender sensitively told story about a young girl reaching for the stars.My thanks to the team at Text Publishing for this advance copy.
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  • Erica
    January 1, 1970
    So good! Liberty is dealing with her parents divorce and has stopped drawing her star maps that she and her dad used to draw together. A good story about a parent dealing with mental illness without being an issue book that’s only about the parent. I loved the scenes with the meteorite. Liberty is a kid going through a hard time not coping well, and trying to figure out the adults in her life.
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  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    I felt like crying the entire time I read this. It's perfect.
  • ADPiBookworm
    January 1, 1970
    Check out my thoughts at my blog http://booksandababy.home.blog/2019/1...
  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent story about a 12-year-old girl dealing with her parents' divorce, mental health, starting middle school, and stars. Highly recommend.
  • Sandra Guzman
    January 1, 1970
    I loved how the author incorporates astrology into the story and you find yourself learning!! Its easy to read with a good flow and offers an an insight on how this family tries to find their way through a family breakup. The mental health aspect is also important and its brought up in a way that a young person can understand. Great story!
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  • Stephanie Bange
    January 1, 1970
    Life drastically changes for Liberty and her sister when their Dad suddenly moves out of their home and her parents decide divorce. It becomes more difficult when they realize they are not being included in the process. As a result, Jilly withdraws and isolates herself. Liberty acts out angrily as she explores her feelings about the changes that are being thrust upon her. It takes time; however each member of the family starts to heal by the end of the book, as they see the expectations of their Life drastically changes for Liberty and her sister when their Dad suddenly moves out of their home and her parents decide divorce. It becomes more difficult when they realize they are not being included in the process. As a result, Jilly withdraws and isolates herself. Liberty acts out angrily as she explores her feelings about the changes that are being thrust upon her. It takes time; however each member of the family starts to heal by the end of the book, as they see the expectations of their situation. King, author of Me and Marvin Gardens, has accurately captured the confusion, turmoil, and dashed hopes that many kids experience when their parents decide to divorce. The initial pain felt by Jilly and Liberty is palatable; Liberty becomes her “protector”. Liberty’s anger comes to the front when the “pact” she makes with the stars in the night sky to restore her family does not occur. While the rest of the family undergoes counseling, Liberty denies that she needs it – until she finally realizes she does. Her initial visit is included in the story. Told from Liberty’s point of view, she comes across as mature for her age – spotting the tell-tale signs of the girlfriend Tiffany, realizing all of the people that she had been trying to help through their problems while setting her own aside. While some may find this book slow reading, King takes her time to tell this story because this healing process does not happen overnight. An outstanding story of divorce for today’s readers.Highly recommended for grades 5-8
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    "The Year We fell from Space", Is definitely one of my favorites. It's about a girl struggling to adapt to her mom and dad's divorce. She's also having a really hard time getting used to her dad's new girlfriend that now lives with him. Through it all she's having trouble at school but manages to fix everything by the end of the story. I love this story because it can relate to a lot of kids and me. Overall I suggest this book to everyone.
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  • Ava Budavari
    January 1, 1970
    God. I don’t even know if I have the right words to talk about how this book impacted me. If I had to pick one word to describe it, it would be healing. This is the book I wish I had when I was younger and going through the same things as the main character. It allowed me to gain some closure for my past. It felt like that little girl that I was, screaming for someone to listen to her, was finally heard. Really heard.A.S. King is my favorite author of all time. She has impacted me so profoundly, God. I don’t even know if I have the right words to talk about how this book impacted me. If I had to pick one word to describe it, it would be healing. This is the book I wish I had when I was younger and going through the same things as the main character. It allowed me to gain some closure for my past. It felt like that little girl that I was, screaming for someone to listen to her, was finally heard. Really heard.A.S. King is my favorite author of all time. She has impacted me so profoundly, both through meeting her and reading her books. She has this way of peering into my soul and writing the book that I need at exactly the right time. I can truly never describe how grateful I am for her. What she has been through herself is unimaginable, and I want to send her all of my love, just as she has done for me without even knowing it. Thank you, A.S. King, for sharing your voice and stories with the world. You make me want to share mine.Please pick up your own copy on October 15, and then give one to every person, child and adult, that needs it.
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  • Heather H.
    January 1, 1970
    I wish I had the words to do this book justice. I think it'll be one of those books that will become exceptionally important in the discussion of not only depression, but mental health overall. It addresses depression in a way that isn't shameful or harmful, but rather brings attention to it in a way that makes it easier to understand. Amy King's writing is beautiful, and I'm certain this one is going to stick with me for a long while. Though it's categorized as a middle grade novel, The Year We I wish I had the words to do this book justice. I think it'll be one of those books that will become exceptionally important in the discussion of not only depression, but mental health overall. It addresses depression in a way that isn't shameful or harmful, but rather brings attention to it in a way that makes it easier to understand. Amy King's writing is beautiful, and I'm certain this one is going to stick with me for a long while. Though it's categorized as a middle grade novel, The Year We Fell From Space could easily resonate with anyone going through a hard time or struggling with how they feel.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Another MG book from Amy Sarig King that blends a lonely/unhappy child with something somewhat magical. Instead of an environmental crisis (as in Me and Marvin Gardens) we have astronomy and the creation of new constellations by Liberty. She's obsessed with stars and finds a meteorite that she begins talking to (yes, it answers back) partly in response to the stress she's feeling at home. There's a lot here about divorce and depression as well, and I wish the information and resources about that Another MG book from Amy Sarig King that blends a lonely/unhappy child with something somewhat magical. Instead of an environmental crisis (as in Me and Marvin Gardens) we have astronomy and the creation of new constellations by Liberty. She's obsessed with stars and finds a meteorite that she begins talking to (yes, it answers back) partly in response to the stress she's feeling at home. There's a lot here about divorce and depression as well, and I wish the information and resources about that had been in the front, not back, of the book. As always, King's deft touch will resonate with readers who may either be dealing with similar issues or know those who are.ARC provided by publisher.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Liberty’s dad deals with depression and her parents have just separated. The 12-year-old and her younger sister Jillie are thrust into an unfamiliar world as they come to terms with how they relate to each of their parents. Liberty’s narration has plenty of humor and heart, but also immerses us in her pervasive anger, her isolation, and her fear that she may have inherited her dad’s propensity for depression. Authentic and refreshing and original.
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  • Sally Kruger
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't always believe it, but eventually I learned that we can't know what another individual is thinking and feeling. Author Amy Sarig King captures this perfectly in THE YEAR WE FELL FROM SPACE. We may think we know what makes our loved ones tick, what fills their minds and hearts, but all we can really do is be there to listen and to love them as we all deal with often unimaginable issues.Liberty and her younger sister Jilly's world is crumbling. When their parents announce they are I didn't always believe it, but eventually I learned that we can't know what another individual is thinking and feeling. Author Amy Sarig King captures this perfectly in THE YEAR WE FELL FROM SPACE. We may think we know what makes our loved ones tick, what fills their minds and hearts, but all we can really do is be there to listen and to love them as we all deal with often unimaginable issues.Liberty and her younger sister Jilly's world is crumbling. When their parents announce they are separating, Liberty describes it as feeling that they have fallen from space. She and her father have shared a fascination with stars and the night sky. Liberty knows all the constellations, but she believes she's sees her own even more amazing shapes when she gazes at the heavens. Convinced that everyone should create their own constellation shapes, she draws maps, many, many maps, to illustrate her belief in hopes that others will find the same pleasure in studying the stars.It is fitting that when Liberty's family falls apart, she is witness to a meteorite falling to earth. She knows no one will believe her so she keeps her discovery a secret. She manages to get the heavy stone home to her room where she uses it as a sort of therapist. Liberty confides in the stone and asks it for advice. Life isn't just about her parents' separation and her father's depression and questionable mental health. Liberty is also dealing with bullies at school. At one point a classmate orders all the sixth graders to cease communicating with Liberty. Left to hang out with a fifth grader, Liberty hopes middle school will mean more students from other elementary schools and maybe some new friendships. Unable to share her feelings with her stressed parents, Liberty's anger builds. Throwing a toaster through the window does get everyone's attention, but it still isn't easy to express her feelings in words. It takes rough times and some shocking discoveries to convince Liberty that talking things out is the best way to deal with her rollercoaster emotions.Author Amy Sarig King is an advocate for discussing mental health and understanding depression. Her own heartbreaking experience has enabled her to bring this thoughtful book to readers everywhere.
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  • Kristin Towe
    January 1, 1970
    Hello, you. If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering, is this book a good investment of my time? Is it worthwhile? Well, to keep it short—it would be a waste of your time to NOT read this book. So, I am not one to write reviews of books. I read them, I love them (or hate them), and then I move on to the next one. This one though.. oh my stars. You can read a synopsis above, so I’ll skip all of that. Here’s what you need to know:1. A girl talks to a meteorite, and it is the most ⭐️ Hello, you. If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering, is this book a good investment of my time? Is it worthwhile? Well, to keep it short—it would be a waste of your time to NOT read this book. So, I am not one to write reviews of books. I read them, I love them (or hate them), and then I move on to the next one. This one though.. oh my stars. ⭐️ You can read a synopsis above, so I’ll skip all of that. Here’s what you need to know:1. A girl talks to a meteorite, and it is the most beautifully odd experience.2. Liberty makes her own constellations out of the sky and uses those to help her understand how she’s feeling (and now I think this is something every person should do)3. For a book about divorce, it is surprisingly funny (the chapter titles, the illustrations, Liberty’s thought process)4. It is the most unique book I have EVER read5. I finished it ten minutes ago and still have chills6. It’s rare that I give a book 5 stars.It’s probably about time to stop gushing, so here’s my final thoughts on the matter:I know more about myself and life and others then I did before I read this book, and I’m pretty sure that’s what reading is all about. Read The Year We Fell From Space. Devour it in one sitting, and be amazed at all the wisdom you can learn from the life a 6th grader.
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  • Malin WvW
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a beautiful story for the upper middlegrade demographic. The main character, Liberty, is in 5th and 6th grade and having trouble dealing with her parents' divorce, her dad's depression, being an outcast at school and her own emotions that are spinning out of control. The prose in this book is on point and I loved the theme of using the stars as an obsession for Liberty, with her knowing the star chart and talking to a meteorite that she finds outside the house the same night that This was such a beautiful story for the upper middlegrade demographic. The main character, Liberty, is in 5th and 6th grade and having trouble dealing with her parents' divorce, her dad's depression, being an outcast at school and her own emotions that are spinning out of control. The prose in this book is on point and I loved the theme of using the stars as an obsession for Liberty, with her knowing the star chart and talking to a meteorite that she finds outside the house the same night that her dad leaves.The author portrays depression and other heavy subjects in an excellent way, never underestimating the readers' abilities to handle topics that are usually considered not to be for kids. Many adults would benefit from reading this book as well, and it feels like the story is written for ages 11 and up.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    The meteorite adds a welcome touch of the fantastic to what is otherwise an often grim (but ultimately hopeful) story about a girl navigating a difficult sixth grade year in which she's been "excommunicated," her parents' divorce, her father's depression, her fears about her own mental health, and the start of middle school.Liberty's parents aren't perfect, but they're believable. Her mom is clearly working really hard to help her daughters feel safe. Her father's behavior is regrettable but, I The meteorite adds a welcome touch of the fantastic to what is otherwise an often grim (but ultimately hopeful) story about a girl navigating a difficult sixth grade year in which she's been "excommunicated," her parents' divorce, her father's depression, her fears about her own mental health, and the start of middle school.Liberty's parents aren't perfect, but they're believable. Her mom is clearly working really hard to help her daughters feel safe. Her father's behavior is regrettable but, I think, along the lines of what a lot of kids go through after a divorce (moving a girlfriend in without telling them, for instance, and trying to pack too many activities into a weekend). Liberty's inability to see patterns in the stars like she used to--she wants to change how people see stars--is a lovely metaphor for her feelings of guilt and bewilderment.
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  • Kim McGee
    January 1, 1970
    Liberty is having a rough year. She is starting middle school, her parents are divorcing and she doesn't get why people can't be figured out as easy as the stars and constellations she studies. Liberty can't help feeling like she and her family are much like the meteorite she discovered in her back yard - they have fallen out of orbit and are in unfamiliar territory. In a quiet but purposeful way, the author tackles some very real issues that middle school kids go through every day. Growing up, Liberty is having a rough year. She is starting middle school, her parents are divorcing and she doesn't get why people can't be figured out as easy as the stars and constellations she studies. Liberty can't help feeling like she and her family are much like the meteorite she discovered in her back yard - they have fallen out of orbit and are in unfamiliar territory. In a quiet but purposeful way, the author tackles some very real issues that middle school kids go through every day. Growing up, dealing with topsy-turvy emotions, changing families and the very serious issue of dealing with a family member and depression. A great feature is the list of helplines and mindfulness apps kids can go to for guidance. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.
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  • Holly Mueller
    January 1, 1970
    There is so much in this story, I'm not sure where to start. This is an important book to have in your middle grade library because someone is going to need it. Honest and hard topics like depression, infidelity, difficult family dynamics, and divorce. Liberty deals with all of this and more - also everyday challenges like friendships changing, relationships with her family and friends, and loneliness. There is a great discussion about emotions vs. mental illness. The rock/meteorite There is so much in this story, I'm not sure where to start. This is an important book to have in your middle grade library because someone is going to need it. Honest and hard topics like depression, infidelity, difficult family dynamics, and divorce. Liberty deals with all of this and more - also everyday challenges like friendships changing, relationships with her family and friends, and loneliness. There is a great discussion about emotions vs. mental illness. The rock/meteorite conversations threw me off a little, but I did love the constellations/star aspect of the story and how it was interwoven throughout Liberty's and her dad's relationship. King never shies away from hard stuff!
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