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Stand on the Sky

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ISBN: 9781443163804 Pages: 320 Ages: 9-12

About this book

A gripping new read from Erin Bow, acclaimed and bestselling author of Plain Kate and The Scorpion Rules!

Aisulu is a Kazakh nomad girl living in Mongolia. She has always been a bit different — she likes girl things well enough and milks the yaks and fetches water as a daughter should, but she also likes math and a fast ride on her horse, Moon Spot, which she tamed herself.

But when her brother Selik breaks his leg trying to catch an eagle, and is discovered to have osteosarcoma, everything changes! While her parents rush off to the city with her brother, Aisulu moves in with her aunt and her uncle, a former Burkitshi (eagle hunger). Seeing her attachment to a rescued eaglet, her uncle begins training Aisulu to become an eagle hunter herself, even though she is a girl, and girls do not become eagle hunters.

Aisulu is not sure she can do it — but when she finds out that there will be a Festival in town with a prize that could help buy her brother an expensive prosthetic leg, she knows she has to try! The odds are stacked against her, but Aisulu is determined to prove herself and help her family.


Praise for Stand on the Sky:

Winner, Governor General’s Award for Young People’s Literature — Text, 2019

Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children’s Choice), 2021

Short-listed, IODE Canada Violet Downey Award, 2020

Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 2020

Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2019

Commended, OLA Best Bets, 2019

“In writing that is both evocative and perfectly pitched for young readers, Stand on the Sky tells the heartfelt and gripping tale of a Kazakh girl who, despite cultural barriers, struggles to train a wild eagle. With its authentic voice, the novel transports the reader to the steppes of Mongolia and opens up a fascinating world where age-old tradition is overturned by one young girl’s bravery and determination.” — Jury citation, Governor General’s Award for Young People’s Literature — Text

“Bow’s poetic prose heightens the story and deepens it, her rich turns of phrase tucking their own sharp wisdom into the mix.” – Toronto Star

“[A] story of strength, courage, and resilience that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt abandoned, alone, or doubted themselves and their place in the world. “ — Quill & Quire

“[T]he story compellingly tracks Aisulu’s gradual maturation into someone who challenges not only the gender expectations of her family and culture but also herself.”— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Praise for Erin Bow:

“Bow, a published poet, writes exquisitely.” (Plain Kate) — Quill & Quire

“Bow writes with an absorbing cadence, creating evocative images that trigger the senses and pierce the heart.” (Plain Kate) — Booklist


Award Winner, Governor General's Award for Young People's Literature - Text 2019
Shortlisted, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award 2020
Shortlisted, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children's Choice) 2021
Shortlisted, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award 2020
Shortlisted, IODE Canada Violet Downey Award 2020
Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2019
Commended, OLA Best Bets 2019


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