WINTER SKY for Marvelous Middle Grade MIDWEEK

I’m a few weeks ahead with my MMGM posts so I’m throwing this one in midweek. It’s nice to be ahead, but with 9780385371933_p0_v1_s260x420revisions on my own writing looming, it won’t be long before I’m back to my old ways. Anyway, enjoy this review of a sweet story about a girl, her fighter fighting father, and the scruffy dog she finds in the dead of winter.


FULL PLOT (From Amazon):  Sirens! A scary sound, especially to Siria, whose brave pop is a firefighter. Siria loves everyone at Pop’s city firehouse. She also loves to study the stars. Her mother named her after the brightest start in the winter sky.
When Siria hears sirens, she sneaks out to chase the trucks, to bring Pop and the other firefighters luck. She’d be in big trouble if she ever got caught. Good thing her best friend, Douglas, is always by her side.
As Christmas approaches, Siria suspects that someone in the neighborhood is setting fires. She has to find out who’s doing it. When clues point to a surprising suspect, she realizes that solving this mystery will take all kinds of courage.
Patricia Reilly Giff, the author of many beloved and award-winning books, is at her best in this action-packed story. In Winter Sky, friends, family, and a very special dog help Siria see how brave she really is.


  1. Siria is a strong female protagonist who has a lot of freedom to roam. I didn’t like some of her choices, but it was interesting to see her spunky and brave personality get  through several tough situations.
  2. It’s nice to have a story where the dad is the single parent. I’ve read so many books recently where the father is no where to be found. Siria’s mother had previously passed away. The love Siria has for her Pop is heartwarming.
  3. Without giving anything away I was surprised with the ending. Seemed like we were heading down one road to resolution of the problem when suddenly there was a detour.  Surprise your readers is advice I’ve heard and its certainly in play here.
  4. Siria was named after a star and the theme runs throughout and connects her with the past. I enjoyed the snippets about the star patterns in the sky. I’ll be looking for Sirius next time it’s dark enough to see.
  5. This one will be a hard sell for boys looking for a short book, a dog story,  or one with a lot of action. Reserve it for the quiet girl who might connect with the anxious inner thoughts Siria has about her family and life.


The star was called Sirius.

“That’s what we named our daughter,” the mother said. “Siria, for the brightest star.”


Keep coming back because in mid-September I will be unloading the biggest contest in the more than two year history of this blog… Okay, it’s my first giveaway, but it will still have you saying ARE YOU KIDDING?

About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...writing middle grade novels.
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2 Responses to WINTER SKY for Marvelous Middle Grade MIDWEEK

  1. Love that cover–pulls you right down the road with her.

  2. This one sounds so good. Thanks for the review. Great cover!

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