Watch the Sky

Watch the Sky

Kirsten Hubbard / Jan 29, 2020

Watch the Sky The signs are everywhere Jory s stepfather Caleb says Red leaves in the springtime Pages torn from a library book All the fish in the aquarium facing the same way A cracked egg with twin yolks Ever

  • Title: Watch the Sky
  • Author: Kirsten Hubbard
  • ISBN: 9781484708989
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Paperback
  • The signs are everywhere, Jory s stepfather, Caleb, says.Red leaves in the springtime Pages torn from a library book All the fish in the aquarium facing the same way A cracked egg with twin yolks Everywhere and anywhere And because of them Jory s life is far from ordinary He must follow a very specific set of rules don t trust anyone outside the family, have your woThe signs are everywhere, Jory s stepfather, Caleb, says.Red leaves in the springtime Pages torn from a library book All the fish in the aquarium facing the same way A cracked egg with twin yolks Everywhere and anywhere And because of them Jory s life is far from ordinary He must follow a very specific set of rules don t trust anyone outside the family, have your works at the ready just in case, and always, always watch out for the signs The end is coming, and they must be prepared School is Jory s only escape from Caleb s tight grasp, and with the help of new friends Jory begins to explore a world beyond his family s farm As Jory s friendships grow, Caleb notifies Jory s mother and siblings that the time has come for final preparations They begin an exhausting schedule digging a mysterious tunnel in anticipation of the disaster But as the hold gets deeper, so does the family s doubt about whether Caleb s prophecy is true When the stark reality of his stepfather s plans becomes clear, Jory must choose between living his own life or following Caleb, shutting his eyes to the bright world he s just begun to see.

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    About "Kirsten Hubbard"

      • Kirsten Hubbard

        In search of transcendent backdrops for her novels, Kirsten Hubbard has hiked ancient ruins in Cambodia, dived with wild dolphins in Belize one totally looked her in the eye , slept in a Slovenian jail cell, and navigated numerous desert apocalypses usually in face paint and combat boots But she always comes home to California.Kirsten is the author of the young adult novels LIKE MANDARIN and WANDERLOVE Delacorte Press Random House Children s Books , and the middle grade novels WATCH THE SKY and RACE THE NIGHT Disney Hyperion , along with a forthcoming Disney series as Kir Fox She is represented by Jaida Temperly of New Leaf Literary.


    1. WATCH THE SKY is my first middle-grade novel. it's about creaky old barns, and silent sisters, and secrets, and danger, and signs in the night sky's also about shovels. I can't wait to share it with youre about WATCH THE SKY soon. for now, check out my pinterest inspiration board.(photo credit JacquelineBarkla)

    2. Honestly, this one felt like it got too unrealistic after about halfway and the ending was way too rushed and abrupt. RTC.

    3. I’m normally not one to read middle grade books, but Hubbard’s book I had previously read was full with beautiful writing, and I knew that I’d want to experience something similar again, also who could resist this gorgeous cover?Watch the Sky was a lot different to what I was expecting it to be, but the main character Jory really impressed me. He had lived a sheltered little life with his family, told to always question things, keep to himself and keep quiet about his family (his family ha [...]

    4. This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction AddictionThis book is really tough to review because I loved it, right up until the very end, when I thought, "Wait? That's it?" Still, I've given myself a little time to ponder it, and I think I'm okay with the abrupt ending - mostly.The book follows Jory, whose family is preparing for - something. He's never really quite sure what - he just knows that his stepfather is sure that something bad is coming, and that they need to [...]

    5. Kirsten Hubbard is one of my favorites for a reason.Like her YA titles, this is brimming with heart, with little details that tickle your nose and rest gently on you like warm sunlight through an open window. Every character is real and deep and thought-out.Particularly a little girl who her brother believes is 98% starlight. And every word makes you believe she is.I'm already filing this away on my "aggressively recommend to everyone I know who loves middle grade" list. Watch out.

    6. I had hoped this would be an interesting middle-grade story with a survivalist theme. Unfortunately, like some other books in this vein, it veered off into unbelievable scenarios and unrealistic characters.Please, dear author, I want some moreFor me, the best part about this book was its premise. I thought Jory's stepfather sounded intriguing, with all his talk of signs, and I figured he must've had a good reason for believing what he did and convincing his family to go along with it. There was [...]

    7. Horrifying. Jory's mother married Caleb, and Caleb moved them out to the farmhouse on the edge of the canyon, just beyond town. Then they found Kit, a girl they'd never seen before lost in their garden, and they took her in, but told no one. Then Jory's mother and Caleb had a baby, Ansel. And then Caleb told them that the end of the world was coming. He had seen the signs. The Officials were out to get them. And they had to prepare - by digging all night, for weeks, to create a bunker for the en [...]

    8. (SPOILERS): This story centers on Jory who is an 11 year old boy growing up on an old farm with his mother, step-father, adopted sister and brother. My appraisal at the end of the story is that Jory’s step dad (Caleb) is an ex-soldier who served in the war and appears to suffer from PTSD; by the end of the book you realize that he needs professional help. He keeps watching for signs of the impending apocalypse; such as a meteor shower or dead birds… He runs his family like a military unit ha [...]

    9. 3.5This one was recommended by my brother and I actually really like it! I'm working on a collective review for a couple of books I've read, hopefully I'll have it up soon for people to read and enjoy.

    10. Originally posted on Fables Library.Have you ever read a book and were surprised by it’s genre? Have you ever been blown away by a super great story that you never thought would turn out as AWESOME as it did?Well the answer for both of these (for me at least) is YES! A whole HECK YES! Watch the Sky is a Middle Grade book, not Young Adult like I thought, yet it still manages to meet my expectations and more. I am a fan of Middle Grade and Young Adult books obviously, I just didn’t know that t [...]

    11. This book was very intriguing and interesting. I really liked the premise and Jory, the main character. I was really interested in Kit's story and background. We really didn't get to know much about her. I did not really like Jory's mother because she I felt like she was so helpless and needed someone to help her and protect her. I can't really blame her because she has been through a lot. Caleb is definitely my least favorite character. I did not trust him at all throughout the book. I found it [...]

    12. There are signs everywhere according to Caleb, Jory’s stepfather. All the fish in an aquarium facing the same way, a cracked egg with twin yolks, red leaves in the springtime, pages torn from a library book….what do they all mean? These are signs foretelling that the end is near. They must be prepared. They must always watch the sky. They must wear their work boots or have them at the ready. Food has been pickled and canned. Batteries, flashlights, blankets and supplies are all stocked. The [...]

    13. When Caleb came into Jory's life, he seemed like the man who could bring happiness security back into Jory's and his mother's lives. They moved out to a farm, took in a girl, Kim, they found out in their fields, had a baby boy, and watched for the signs that the end was coming. When Jory was placed back in school in the sixth grade, after having been homeschooled for a year, he started to make friends and enjoy himself. He loved learning! Soon, though, Caleb told the family that it was time to s [...]

    14. This was a well-written story about a young boy and his family. Jory's stepfather believes the 'end' is near and sees "signs" in everything around him. He begins to dig a bunker in the canyon behind his house in order to save the family. Jory questions his step-father but is told that Jory will understand the reasons for the bunker later. In the mean time, Jory loves school but because he must help his stepfather dig every night, his work begins to suffer. There is much more to the story than th [...]

    15. I was really disappointed in this book. The main reason was I could not stand the dad. I found him controlling and thought the mother was crazy for following him. The ending was not that great and I felt there was no real ending. I wanted more to be solved.

    16. I loved the scenery this book, it felt like a painted picture put into motion!I loved the feeling it had to it, it wasn't a stiff story but it was smooth and fast, I couldn't put it down!

    17. The premise for this independent reader book intrigued me and it seemed like the sort of story I would enjoy, so I decided to check it out. While it wasn't altogether a disappointing read, there were aspects about it that fell quite flat, so much so that my reaction upon finishing it wasWhich usually isn't a good sign (no story-related joke intended).First, let me start with what I liked. Jory, the main character, is a good protagonist who is protective of his nearly-mute sister, Kit. He's also [...]

    18. This book is so good. It is about a boy named Jory. His stepfather believes in signs. The signs are for some sort of danger. No one knows what the signs are for but Caleb the stepdad thinks it is a big deal so they start to dig. They are digging a bunker so they can be safe. Then Jory has lots of school trouble after they began to dig. They had one digging schedule but Caleb caught on that Jory needed to catch up on schoolwork. So Caleb gave Jory Tuesday as his day off other then Saturday. Jory [...]

    19. Watch the Sky is about twelve-year-old Jory and his family who, following his stepfather Caleb, are looking for signs. None of them are sure what the signs will be or what they mean. There are times that reading on a kindle is kind of disorientating. I bought Watch the sky a few months ago but hadn’t gotten around to it. It was in the queue and as I started reading it I realized that I had NO earthly idea what it was about what genre it was, what the cover looked like or anything else aside fr [...]

    20. I haven't felt so strongly about wanting people to read a book in a very long time. The fact that it is Middle Grade did not diminish my enjoyment of it at all. It was well written, it had beautiful imagery, it was heartfelt, and it kept me hooked until the end. I had strong opinions on Caleb from the start, and though it is never actually clarified, I think it is fairly obvious that he is severely mentally disturbed and has a massive case of PTSD. I want kids to read this and see modern day pre [...]

    21. The story: Jory's family keeps to themselves. His stepfather, Caleb, is sure that something big--and terrible--is coming: he says "the signs are everywhere." Jory isn't quite sure what the signs mean, but he knows Caleb just wants to keep the family safe when Caleb has the family start digging a bunker in the canyon behind their farm, Jory helps out even though his grades tank and his friends are starting to get curious. Somehow, Jory has to decide how to deal with the signs (and his stepdad's o [...]

    22. IS THE FREAKING DANGER REAL OR NOT!?!Yes, yes, it's good that the family was able to stand up for themselves and realize they don't have to follow what they were told is right (like many of us self-discover as we grow up), but the story feels incomplete. We got the climax, but not a resolution or an ending. Caleb (the stepfather) having Protective Services take away Kit (adopted daughter) was a dick move and led to the family taking their chances without him, but will that even matter if they ju [...]

    23. I found this book intriguing since it was in our Children's room at the library. I'd love to hear what young kids think about it. Caleb was in, presumed, Afghanistan or Iraq war, and suffered trauma. In the book, he became very paranoid about the government and began seeing signs. The signs could be the end of world or ? At any rate, Caleb had his family dig a bunker for safety. Jory is the protagonist and he really was a well liked character. Poor kid was pretty sheltered. His mom had migraines [...]

    24. Jory's stepfather Caleb is a war veteran who believes that danger is coming and doesn't trust the officials or anyone else for that matter. Although he lets Jory go to public school he keeps Kit, a mysterious girl who showed up one day and they have "adopted" and Ansel the baby at home and pretty much hidden. When Caleb feels the signs are getting more ominous he devises a schedule for the family to dig in the canyon. At first Jory doesn't understand what is going on but soon realizes they are b [...]

    25. Jory is a boy who lives with a not so normal family. At first it was just Jory and his mom who suffers from frequent migraines. They were barely surviving with money and the terrible job his mom had when they met Caleb (he used to be in the army). Celeb was determined to keep them safe from an great danger that is coming. They move to a fairly secluded farm where they prepare for the disaster that will come. Jory brother named Ansel is born and they find Kit, a little girl who rarely talks Celeb [...]

    26. This book had an interesting story line and presented a new perspective upon beliefs and trust. In a way, this book could relate to a totalitarian government, like Hitler and the Nazis or Mussolini and the Fascists. The higher authority presents a belief that they are confident in, therefore you trust it and support it. However, when you see that this brings pain and loss, then you start to question that belief, and without strong evidence or proof about the belief, then you start rebelling. Tha [...]

    27. Jory trusts his step-father Caleb, and believes what he says about the signs he sees everywhere. Jory and his mother are indebted to Caleb -- he saved them when things were really bad. And now Caleb promises to save them again, from a secret Danger that he won't give Jory details about. Instead Jory, his mother, Caleb, his secret sister, and even his baby brother are required to dig a bunker at night in the canyon outside their farmhouse. This is to provide shelter for them when the Danger comes [...]

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