Meet the Sky

Meet the Sky

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From award-winning author McCall Hoyle comes a new young adult novel, Meet the Sky, a story of love, letting go, and the unstoppable power of nature.

It all started with the accident. The one that caused Sophie's dad to walk out of her life. The one that left Sophie's older sister, Meredith, barely able to walk at all.

With nothing but pain in her past, all Sophie wants is to plan for the future-keep the family business running, get accepted to veterinary school, and protect her mom and sister from another disaster. But when a hurricane forms off the coast of North Carolina's Outer Banks and heads right toward their island, Sophie realizes nature is one thing she can't control.

After she gets separated from her family during the evacuation, Sophie finds herself trapped on the island with the last person she'd have chosen-the reckless and wild Finn Sanders, who broke her heart freshman year. As they struggle to find safety, Sophie learns that Finn has suffered his own heartbreak; but instead of playing it safe, Finn's become the kind of guy who goes surfing in the eye of the hurricane. He may be the perfect person to remind Sophie how to embrace life again, but only if their newfound friendship can survive the storm.

Praise for McCall Hoyle's debut novel, The Thing with Feathers:

"Beautiful, touching, and bursting with hope."

Pintip Dunn, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author

"Heartfelt and affecting. Hoyle tells a familiar story, but does so in a voice that is rarely heard, and that makes all the difference."

Leah Thomas, William C. Morris Award finalist and author of Because You'll Never Meet Me and Nowhere Near You

"The inspiring story of one girl's struggle not to be defined by her illness, The Thing with Feathers soars as it explores what it means to live-and love-without fear."

Kathryn Holmes, author of How It Feels to Fly

"A refreshing, quality debut-meaningfully woven and beautifully engaging, from the first page to the last."

YA Books Central (5 stars)
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 146 x 225 x 25mm | 367g
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • 0310765706
  • 9780310765707
  • 1,230,555

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'Meet the Sky is a heartfelt, heart-pounding look at weathering all of life's many storms--a story about strength, difficult choices, second chances, and the power of forgiveness. Sophie is highly relatable and deeply honest, and her beloved--yet treacherous--North Carolina barrier islands are beautifully evoked.' * Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of Picture Us in the Light * 'Hoyle's beautifully descriptive writing envelops readers, and Sophie's first-person account will ring true with teens who are surrounded by complications and faced with life-changing decisions. VERDICT Recommended where realistic fiction is popular.'--Susan Harris, Ridgeway High School, TN * School Library Journal * In every hurricane, there is an eye, and in every McCall Hoyle book, there is a core of deep emotion. With effervescent prose and vivid characters, Meet the Sky is a sweeping tale of unwavering hope in the face of a relentless storm. * Pintip Dunn, New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction, 2016 RWA RITA winner for Best First Book, and 2018 RITA finalist for Best Young Adult Romance * 'Against the stunning backdrop of the Outer Banks mid-hurricane, complete with wild horses and even wilder winds, McCall Hoyle turns grief into something beautiful. Meet the Skyis a story about broken families trying to put the pieces of their fractured lives back together. Sophie and Finn prove what it means to forge ahead against all odds, even in the eye of a storm.' * Stephanie Elliot, author of Sad Perfect * 'A riveting story about the quest to find safety and survival, and also the things we stay alive for: friendship, family, and love.' * Katie Nelson, YA author of The Duke of Bannerman Prep * 'A turbulent and emotionally-charged tale of survival, hope, and second chances. Meet the Skyis a beautiful testament to the only thing more powerful than nature--the resilience of the human spirit.' * Darcy Woods, award-winning author of Summer of Supernovas * 'Meet the Sky is an endearing story about how love can help us weather the storms of life.' * Katie McGarry, acclaimed author of Breathe * 'Sophie and Finn will take your heart by storm! A suspenseful story about the power of nature and two teens learning to live and love in an uncertain world.' * Amy Fellner Dominy, award-winning author of The Fall of Grace * 'McCall Hoyle's Meet the Sky is a story of survival, courage, and love. Compelling and wonderfully written, it will resonate with readers seeking a protagonist who is selfless and resourceful, forced to battle a setting both beautiful and brutal. This book is not to be missed!' * Katy Upperman, author of Kissing Max Holden and The Impossibility of Us * 'Meet the Sky is a beautifully crafted story about grief, love, and the power of tragedy to shift our perspective on life. The character's realistic struggle through a deadly hurricane will have you devouring the pages! A perfect summer read.' * Lorie Langdon, bestselling author of Olivia Twist, Gilt Hollow, and the Doon Series * 'A turbulent and emotionally-charged tale of survival, hope, and second chances. Meet the Sky is a beautiful testament to the only thing more powerful than nature--the resilience of the human spirit.' * Darcy Woods, award-winning author of Summer of Supernovas * 'In Meet the Sky, McCall Hoyle weaves a lyrical tapestry of beauty in the midst of devastation. A moving reminder of the importance of seizing every moment with the people we love.' * Kate Watson, Foreword INDIE Award finalist and author of Seeking Mansfield * 'McCall Hoyle does it again! She weaves a tale that leaves us clinging to hope, courage, perseverance, family, and love. Meet the Sky is a beautiful story of standing strong in the path of extremes--in the eye of the hurricane, in the eye of the human condition.' * Mary Rand Hess, bestselling author of Solo * 'With tension splashed on every page, Hoyle takes her readers--and characters--on an emotional journey that will keep them up all night, turning pages.' * Christina June, author of It Started with Goodbye and Everywhere You Want to Be * 'Meet the Sky is a wonderful story that dares to ask the question, 'Is it really better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all?' Written with honesty, yet also full of sweetness and hope, this is a story that will touch readers' hearts and linger with them long after they have finished the book.' * Stephanie Morrill, author of The Lost Girl of Astor Street * 'A whirlwind of a story full of hope and second chances. Hoyle stuns with Meet the Sky and leaves us in raptures with her beautifully crafted tale.' * Alison Gervais, author of In 27 Days * 'Meet the Sky was a hurricane I wanted to stay stranded within! I was hooked in the first few pages and swept away until the end.' * Becca Hamby, Tome Student Literacy Society *
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About Mccall Hoyle

McCall Hoyle writes honest YA novels about friendship, first love, and girls finding the strength to overcome great challenges. She is a high school English teacher. Her own less-than-perfect teenage experiences and those of the girls she teaches inspire many of the struggles in her books. When she's not reading or writing, she's spending time with her family and their odd assortment of pets-a food-obsessed beagle, a grumpy rescue cat, and a three-and-a-half-legged kitten. She has an English degree from Columbia College and a master's degree from Georgia State University. She lives in a cottage in the woods in North Georgia where she reads and writes every day. Learn more at
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Rating details

1,391 ratings
3.68 out of 5 stars
5 21% (295)
4 36% (501)
3 34% (468)
2 8% (108)
1 1% (19)
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