Children: Saving Sky - Arab American Book Award 2011
Arab American National Museum
Her country is at war. Terrorists strike at random, widespread rationing is in effect, and the power grid is down. But 13-year-old Sky Brightman is remarkably untouched by it all. She lives in a peaceful haven, off the grid on sixty beautiful acres of New Mexico ranch land, with a loving family, three horses, and an elderly dog who gives her gifts. No TV or Internet brings disturbing news into their little adobe home. Then a string of mysterious arrests begin and her new friend Kareem becomes a target. Sky is finally forced to confront the world in all its complexity. Summoning her considerable courage and ingenuity, she takes a stand against injustice. With humor, hope, and fierce determination, she sets out to change the world.
Diane Stanley is the author and illustrator of more than 50 books for children, noted especially for her series of picture book biographies. Born in Abilene, Texas, Stanley earned her bachelor’s degree from Trinity University and her M. A. in medical and biological illustration from Johns Hopkins University College of Medicine. Her books have received several notable awards including the Globe/Hornbook Award and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Golden Kite Award. She lives in Santa Fe, NM with her husband, Peter Vennema, who sometimes collaborates with her on the research for her biographies. She has three grown children.