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Co-written by Kelly Hollman & Charlotte Watson Sherman, THIS OPENING SKY is an accessible middle grade novel in verse, following an unlikely friendship in the aftermath of the American Civil War.


"As Reconstruction begins, two 12-year-old girls join forces and head north to find their families....Elly's and Halle's distinct voices and strong personalities balance each other nicely as each in turn gives and receives help....A moving post-Civil War story of comradeship and self-discovery."-Kirkus Reviews


A 2024 Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection