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Escape Under the Forever Sky by Eve Yohalem

Book Summary

Lucy's mother works as the U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia, and Lucy is always begging her mother to let her go out to do and see more things - especially the wildlife. Lucy is pretty knowledgeable about animals, but hasn't figured out how to convince her mother to go beyond their compound. She decides to trick her mother and goes off with a friend . . . but she is kidnapped, and no one knows where she has been taken.
Escape Under the Forever Sky book cover
Escape Under the Forever Sky

Book Review

Lucy makes a big mistake for a selfish reason, but she is a problem-solver, and readers still root for her. This book offers a scary thriller to middle grade readers without being overly terrifying or graphic. It's a story that has been a favorite with many of my fifth grade students.


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Do not forget, Lucy, they are wild animals. You must respect their need for distance from you."

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Thriller
  • African Wildlife; Lions
  • Kidnapping
  • Courage; Problem-Solving

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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