A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
When a girl in a homemade hot air balloon falls out of the sky in rural Gilbertine, there are questions: Who is this girl, where exactly did she come from, why won't she talk, and what has she risked to live in a country that does not seem to want her?
And what can Sophie, Wyatt, and K--three misfit best friends with complex and harrowing stories of their own--do to help the girl who can't trust those who want to help her? What should they do? As seen through the eyes of 14-year-old Sophie, who lives with her terminally ill grandmother, Cloud Hopper by National Book Award finalist Beth Kephart is a poignant, high-flying adventure set among the old planes, Vietnam vets, and majestic hot air balloons of a run-down municipal airport. It's about the rules we'll break and the dangers we'll face to do the most-right thing we can imagine, even when we're feeling long past brave.
About the Author
Beth Kephart is the award-winning author of nearly thirty books, a National Book Award finalist, an award-winning adjunct teacher of nonfiction and fiction at the University of Pennsylvania, and the cofounder of Juncture Workshops. Her essays and reviews appear in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Ninth Letter, North American Review, the Normal School, Chicago Tribune, Literary Hub, the Millions, Creative Nonfiction, and Brevity. She has given talks on a wide range of subjects across the country, worked with young readers and writers of all ages, gave a commencement address at Radnor High, where she is a Hall of Famer, and has been twice featured in exhibits at the Philadelphia International Airport. Her novels for younger readers--Wild Blues, This Is the Story of You, Going Over, and Undercover, among them--have received multiple starred reviews and appeared on many best-of lists. Beth frequently collaborates with her husband, the artist William Sulit, on illustrated books and journals, including Trini's Big Leap, a Penny Candy Books picture book. More about Beth can be found at bethkephartbooks.com. Beth lives in Pennsylvania.