Just Under the Clouds

by Melissa Sarno
    • Grades: 4 - 7
    • Ages: 9 - 12
    • Format: Paperback Book
Short Summary
Cora is a middle schooler, a big sister…and homeless—and she is desperately searching for a special place where she belongs.

Good For:
Heartbreaking but Hopeful Family Drama, Thought-Provoking Novel, Talking About Real-Life Issues, Exploring the Complicated Realities Many Young People Face

Topics and Themes:
Homelessness, City Life, Family, Loss of a Parent, Tree of Heaven
Some mature content.

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Always think in threes and you’ll never fall, Cora’s father told her when she was a little girl. Two feet, one hand. Two hands, one foot. That was all Cora needed to know to climb the trees of Brooklyn.

But now Cora’s mother is trying to hold the family together after her father’s death, and Cora must look after her sister, Adare, who’s just different, their mother insists. Quick to smile, Adare hates wearing shoes, rarely speaks, and appears untroubled by the question Cora can’t help but ask: How will they find a place to call home?

After their room at the shelter is ransacked, Cora’s mother looks to an old friend for help, and Cora finally finds what she has been looking for: Ailanthus altissima, the “tree of heaven,” which can grow in even the worst conditions. It sets her on a path to discover a deeper truth about where she really belongs.
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Product Details

    • Grades: 4 - 7
    • Ages: 9 - 12
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 5/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-338-61164-9