An Uninterrupted View of the Sky

An Uninterrupted View of the Sky

Modern history unearthed as a boy becomes an innocent victim of corruption in the underbelly of Bolivia's crime world, where the power of family is both a prison and the only means of survival. It's 1999 in Bolivia and Francisco's life consists of school, soccer, and trying to find space for himself in his family's cramped yet boisterous home. But when his father is arreste Modern history unearthed as a boy becomes an innocent victim of corruption in the underbelly of Bolivia's crime world...

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Title:An Uninterrupted View of the Sky
Author:Melanie Crowder
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:An Uninterrupted View of the Sky
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

An Uninterrupted View of the Sky Reviews

  • Anne
    Feb 12, 2018
    Francisco lives in Bolivia with his mother, father, and little sister. It's 1999. His dad drives taxi; his mom works in a bank. One day his dad gets (falsely) arrested. Mom abandons the family and so Francisco and Pilar must move into the prison with dad. (Yes, it's a very different sy...
  • MariLee
    Feb 13, 2018
    17 year old Francisco lives with his father, mother, and 8 year old sister in a small town in Bolivia. His life is filled with school, soccer, and plans for opening a shop with his friend. When his father, a taxi driver, is arrested and thrown into prison by a corrupt system that explo...
  • Barbara
    Mar 06, 2018
    Seventeen-year-old Francisco has his plans for the future derailed when his father is arrested on false drug charges and sent to prison in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 1999. When his mother abandons them, Francisco and his little sister, Pilar, must move into the prison to stay with their f...
  • Alicia
    Jul 11, 2017
    No one will argue that stories like these are the stories that should be written about but not all books should be on the shelf just because there needs to be more content like it. 1999, Bolivia, war on drugs and penal codes = disaster for Francisco's family after their father's false ...
  • Brandy Painter
    Jul 30, 2017
    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. You know how when you read a book that opens your eyes to something you never knew about, it can come to mean the world to you almost instantly? When it rips your heart open and makes you love the characters, it has even mor...
  • Meg Wiviott
    Jun 12, 2017
    A gut wrenching yet heart warming story about the unconsidered consequences of the US war on drugs on families in Colombia. Told with honesty and sensitivity. ...
  • Kate
    Jul 28, 2018
    I'm floating between 4.5 and 5 stars on this one, but I think it's worth rounding up. I adored Melanie Crowder's Audacity, so when I got this at the library, I figured I'd pick it up without even reading the synopsis. Knowing that it was historical fiction and seeing the barbed wire...
  • Jennifer
    Nov 17, 2017
    When his father is arrested on false drug charges and his mother abandons him and his sister Pilar, Francisco?s life goes from school and soccer to a prison. Within the prison walls, they struggle to find a safe place as Francisco?s father pushes him to leave, take Pilar, and go to...
  • Lupita
    Aug 04, 2017
    An incredible subtle book that wraps around your heart. Once you start you can't stop reading this book. Which is part adventure, and part poetry book. Although it's a novel, it feels like a documentary film unfolding the horrors of children forced to take on the challenge of living in...
  • Erikka
    Sep 15, 2017
    This book was an eye-opener. I had no idea about Bolivian prisons, the 1008 law, or the incarceration of children alongside their parents. It reminded me of the unfairness and shortsightedness of Victorian debtor's prisons, taking away an opportunity to thrive from children being punis...
  • Vicki
    Aug 04, 2019
    I haven't been so touched by a historical fiction novel in a long, long time. When I began this book about Francisco and his plight, I had to look up what was being said about a law in Bolivia back when this story takes place in 1999. The Bolivian law is known as 1008, and it was imple...
  • Kristen
    Jul 08, 2017
    This book is so important: it's a story that needs to get told. With lyrical writing and a voice that is real and multi-faceted, An Uninterrupted View of the Sky opens a dialogue about the political, economical, and social situations in Bolivia and the U.S.'s role in all of it--while n...
  • Malene
    Apr 10, 2018
    Devoured in virtually one sitting, an amazing book with some tragic and upsetting elements from life in Bolivia, but full of hope. Utterly beautifully written, and in spite of a bit of "language", suitable for young adults. A must-read. ...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Sep 09, 2017
    Crowder, Melanie An Uninterrupted View of the Sky, 286 pages. Philomel (Penguin), 2017. Language: PG (14 swears, 0 ?f?); Mature Content: PG (possibility of rape avoided); Violence: PG-13 (beatings, fights). Francisco, 17, and his family lead a poor, but loving life in a poor par...
  • Denise Westlake
    Jun 12, 2019
    Great, great, engaging book. Can't stop thinking about it.. ...
  • C. B. Whitaker
    Apr 30, 2018
    Seventeen-year-old Francisco can?t decide whether to finish high school or to start a business with his best friend in the lively marketplace of Cochabamba, Bolivia. But his lower-middle class life is turned upside-down when his father is imprisoned by a corrupt and unfair legal syst...
  • Paula
    Oct 14, 2018
    How is there so much I've never heard about in our world's history? I am fascinated by the people and places that I know so little about-especially the indigenous people who are often unfairly marginalized. Melanie Crowder's novel is set in Bolivia in 1999. Francisco lives with his sis...
  • Karen
    Aug 07, 2018
    Francisco is a typical 17-year-old who only wants to play futbol and dreams of dropping out of school, but when his father is arrested for having coca leaves, he and his sister end up living with Papa in a men?s prison. Francisco?s father is arrested under the Bolivian 1008 drug la...
  • Lindsey
    Jul 18, 2017
    This book was really touching and moving. I even cried a little bit! ...
  • Pages For Thoughts
    May 25, 2019
    It was tough to read because the situation was so desperate and desolate. The main reason I was able to get through this book was because of the enormous love between Francisco, his sister, and their father. Beyond the sadness of the beginning of the story, there was still a definitive...
  • Lesley
    Jan 29, 2018
    When we read historical fiction or fiction based on fact, we don?t just learn about events, we experience events from the perspective of people?real or fictional?who lived through it and bear witness to the impact those events had on people. When I read Melanie Crowder?s Audaci...
  • Natalie L
    Mar 25, 2019
    In An Uninterrupted View of the Sky, Francisco has to move to a prison with his little sister as his father was wrongfully convicted. The prison is overcrowded, dirty, and dangerous especially for kids. Francisco has to decide if he wants to make the journey to their grandparents in th...
  • Kirsten
    Feb 06, 2019
    This was a moving, beautiful novel which highlighted the depths and darkness of poverty, and one boy's journey to escape. Fransico doesn't care about school, or his parents' opinion, for that matter. He can't wait to finish high school and open a shop with his best friend. Then his...
  • The Beauty and Her Reads
    Aug 16, 2018
    It?s the biggest thing prison has taken from me-from us: the idea that there?s something good waiting just around the corner. This book is based in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 1999. The basic premise of the book was the Law 1008 which was implemented in South America and the ha...
  • Donsou
    Dec 07, 2017
    I recently was able to complete this book in December. This book takes place in 1999 in a crime and government corrupted country of Bolivia. Fransisco lacks off in school, he plays soccer, and in his view, he is living his happy lives. But then his world turns upside down when his f...
  • Aidan Lind
    Dec 06, 2018
    I really enjoyed An Uninterrupted View of the Sky by Melanie Crowder. Fransisco grows so much as a character and a person throughout the whole book. I could not put it down! This book is a must read for everyone. ...
  • Kassidy
    Oct 21, 2018
    The way the author describes the main characters feelings throughout this book and the way the main character can keep something such as poetry so close to him throughout the book even through the toughest, darkest times for his family is a miracle. And how ones lifestyle can be from s...
  • Hannah Gookstetter
    Apr 09, 2018
    An Uninterrupted View of the Sky is a beautiful novel about the trickling down of the War on Drugs taking place on the United States-Mexico border. In Bolivia in 1999, seventeen-year-old Francisco's father is arrested on false drug charges and is thrown in prison. When Francisco, his s...
  • Samantha Hsu
    May 02, 2019
    Francisco's life in Bolivia has revolved around one thing and one thing only, futbol. His love for the sport and desire to open a shop selling gear has diminished desire to finishing schooling, a sore topic between him and his father. Then, one day, his Papa is arrested under the 1006 ...
  • Kirsten
    Jun 01, 2019
    This was a moving, beautiful novel which highlighted the depths and darkness of poverty, and one boy's journey to escape. Fransico doesn't care about school, or his parents' opinion, for that matter. He can't wait to finish high school and open a shop with his best friend. Then his...