Planet Earth Is Blue

Planet Earth Is Blue Review

"Tender and illuminating. A beautiful debut." --Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal-winning author of When You Reach Me

A heartrending and hopeful debut novel about a nonverbal girl and her passion for space exploration, for fans of See You in the Cosmos, Mockingbird, and The Thing About Jellyfish.

Twelve-year-old Nova is eagerly awaiting the launch of the space shuttle Challenger--it's the first time a teacher is going into space, and kids across America will watch the event on live TV in their classrooms. Nova and her big sister, Bridget, share a love of astronomy and the space program. They planned to watch the launch together. But Bridget has disappeared, and Nova is in a new foster home.

While foster families and teachers dismiss Nova as severely autistic and nonverbal, Bridget understands how intelligent and special Nova is, and all that she can't express. As the liftoff draws closer, Nova's new foster family and teachers begin to see her potential, and for the first time, she is making friends without Bridget. But every day, she's counting down to the launch, and to the moment when she'll see Bridget again. Because Bridget said, "No matter what, I'll be there. I promise."

Title:Planet Earth Is Blue

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    Planet Earth Is Blue Reviews

  • Cindy

    Official back-of-the-book blurb (my first!!!): "A remarkable, sensitively told debut with a joyfully positive portrayal of neurodifference. Nova, and her indomitable spirit, will remain with you long ...

  • Stephanie Fitzgerald

    This was a beautiful, moving story in many ways. I was a junior in high school when the excitement about the shuttle Challenger was huge news, and since I was planning to be a teacher, the fact of the...

  • Laura

    I remember when the Challenger exploded. It is one of those things that you don't forget, just as earlier generations remember when John F. Kennedy was assassinated, or when Pearl Harbor was bombed. I...

  • Naomi Milliner

    The problem with this book is, once you pick it up, you can't put it down. The heroine, Nova, is an autistic girl trapped in a non-verbal world - and yet, she is eloquent. Her gestures, her emotions, ...

  • Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by NetgalleyNova is severely autistic and verbally unintelligible, although she can manage simple things like "yes", "no", and some names. She and her older sister Bridget have been in ...

  • Gillian

    All the stars in the galaxy to PLANET EARTH IS BLUE by Nicole Panteleakos. Luminous and heartfelt, this story is the story of Nova, who is autistic and nonverbal. She is counting down the days until t...

  • Shaye Miller

    This is a touching story told from the perspective of 12-year-old Nova, who is autistic and non-verbal. She has been in foster care for many years and is currently hanging on to a promise made by her ...

  • Jill Williamson

    Planet Earth is Blue was an enlightening and touching story about Nova, a non-verbal girl who has just entered a new foster home and is about to start a new school. She has been parted from her older ...

  • Joshua Levy

    Twelve-year-old Nova is counting down to the launch of the space shuttle Challenger and missing her big-sister Bridget, who is nowhere to be found. A perennial foster home resident, Nova is autistic a...

  • Madison Lessard

    I won an ARC of Planet Earth Is Blue in a giveaway from the site Nerdy Book Club!You can read my full review of this ARC on my blog here.Actual Rating: 4.5 stars!Oh my gosh. What a story. I’m an aut...