Deep Within a Blueberry Sky


Book: Deep Within a Blueberry Sky

Author: Jeffrey J. Antonucci 

Illustrator: Dan Burr

Publisher: Woodpecker Press LLC, 2018

ISBN-13: 9781937397401

ISBN-10: 1937397408

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Language level:  2

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Ages 13 and up

Rating: ***** 5 stars

(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)

Category: General youth fiction

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Antonucci,Jeffrey J.  Deep Within a Blueberry Sky (Published in 2018 by Woodpecker Press LLC, Livingston, NJ).  Sarah is a spunky seven year old girl who lives with her dad Justin, mom Cecilia, and little two year old brother Justin Jr. (J.J.).  Sarah has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA type 2) and is confined to a wheelchair.  Every summer the family visits Cecilia’s father, whom they call Poppy Tom.  They think that it will be a typical summer getaway, but this year will be different.  Sarah’s late grandmother Jennie left a beautifully penned poem lovingly devised to embark Sarah on an enchanting journey of adventure and discovery, and her grandfather begins implementing the plan that begins with teaching his granddaughter how to do fly fishing and spans decades.  Will Sarah ever get better?  Does Grandma Jennie and Poppy Tom’s plan work?  Can Sarah be up to the task?

     The basic theme of Deep Within a Blueberry Sky by author Jeffrey J. Antonucci is that there are no limits or barriers to what people can accomplish, no matter what their condition or circumstances.  The reader joins Sarah on her daring and undaunted journey to overcome her “burdens” and achieve what just might be the richest reward.  The first four sections cover Sarah at ages seven, eight, nine, and ten, while the last section skips ahead to Sarah at age forty.  There are a few common euphemisms (e.g., gee, darn, heck) and in “Sarah at Forty” a mention of Emily, one of her childhood friends now grown, with a reference to “Emily’s life partner, Jasmine, an expert gymnast, and their two adopted children.”  However, there are several instances of prayer throughout the book, which is generally a wholesome story for all ages and will leave the reader with optimism and warm feelings.

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