Hurricane Katrina sets a teenage girl adrift. But a new life — and the promise of love — emerges in this rich, highly readable debut.

Bayou Perdu, a tiny fishing town way, way down in Louisiana, is home to sixteen-year-old Evangeline Riley. She has her best friends, Kendra and Danielle; her wise, beloved Mamere; and back-to-back titles in the under-sixteen fishing rodeo. But, dearest to her heart, she has the peace that only comes when she takes her skiff out to where there is nothing but sky and air and water and wings. It’s a small life, but it is Evangeline’s. And then the storm comes, and everything changes. Amid the chaos and pain and destruction comes Tru — a fellow refugee, a budding bluesman, a balm for Evangeline’s aching heart. Told in a strong, steady voice, with a keen sense of place and a vivid cast of characters, here is a novel that asks compelling questions about class and politics, exile and belonging, and the pain of being cast out of your home. But above all, this remarkable debut tells a gently woven love story, difficult to put down, impossible to forget.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on April 25, 2017 by Candlewick
ISBN-10: 0763690341
ISBN-13: 9780763690342
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  • sumstl1718
    sumstl1718Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 8:13 am55 stars
    What would you do if you had to evacuate your home? The book I am reading is Between Two Skies,The way the author wrote this book, Between Two Skies, was just amazing. Some were cliffhangers, because you wanted to know what was next. The setting was in Bayou Perdu Louisiana and new orleans, the time period is August 23-31 2005, this hurricane was a category 5 the hardest most powerful a hurricane can get, the name of this hurricane was hurricane Katrina. The protagonist is grandma, in this book is concerned because of the hurricane she tells everyone we should leave… but they end up leaving the next because it was Evangeline’s birthday. The antagonists, Evangeline’s friend is struggling because she has a choice to make because the hurricane is coming and Evangeline is telling her to leave but she is really hurting herself because she knows everyone is evacuating except for her. One of the problems is that they don’t have a lot of money and the are going to have to rent for quite some time because of what the hurricane did to their town and their house. Another problem is that all the house in the town of where they live it is 8 feet under water. I recommend this book to a reader who likes to read a little bit of sad and a little happy, overall this book is great for someone in the 7th-8th grade.