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Sky Dancer

Written by Gill Lewis

Key Stage 2

LoveReading View on Sky Dancer

Families and communities at odds with each other, an environmental scandal to reveal and a vulnerable, beautiful bird to protect makes for a gripping read

UKLA Shortlist Book Awards - 2019

Sky Dancer is a vivid, inspiring animal story in which the British countryside is as important a character as its human protagonists. Joe has grown up on the moors, and knows no other world. But following the death of his father, nothing seems certain anymore. His sense of insecurity is reflected in the wider community, divided over the fate of the hen harriers that nest nearby. Gill Lewis explores ideas of trust and loss, and like the very best animal stories, this is a thrilling and moving read that will help young readers understand the natural world, and their responsibility to look after it. 

Andrea Reece

Sky Dancer Synopsis

Joe has always loved the moorlands above his home: the wildness, the freedom, the peace. But since his father died, everything has changed, and the moors are no longer a place of refuge. Now the whole community is divided over the fate of the hen harriers that nest up there in the heather - and Joe is stuck right in the middle, with a choice to make, and a huge secret to keep. Joe can't do what's right for everyone. But can he find the strength to fight for what he really believes in? Expert storyteller Gill Lewis presents a beautiful tale of loss, expectation, and change - with an important and thought-provoking environmental message.

Sky Dancer Press Reviews

An emotionally rich and convincing story of loyalty, change, challenge and community ... Sky Dancer is a bold, brilliantly told story which makes readers feel they can surmount huge obstacles  Playing by the Book

The best book I have ever read. I couldn't stop reading it Its the BEST  Lilybelle, Guardian Childrens Books website

Gill Lewis has established herself as the principal contemporary writer of animal stories, combining a vet's knowledge of her subject with a novelist's capacity for character and plot  Telegraph

Lewis writes beautifully about nature and animals  Daily Mail

Lewis's confident, economical prose takes the reader up, up and away   The Times

Book Information

ISBN: 9780192749253
Publication date: 5th October 2017
Author: Gill Lewis
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2

About Gill Lewis

Gill Lewis worked as a vet in the UK and across the world before becoming the acclaimed author of several books for children, including Sky Hawk and Gorilla Dawn. Gill’s writing has earned her numerous awards such as the UKLA Children’s Book Award and the Little Rebel Award, and several nominations for prestigious awards including the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Gill lives in Somerset.    

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