Between Earth and Sky by Amanda Skenandore

Between Earth and Sky

In Amanda Skenandore's provocative and profoundly moving debut, set in the tragic intersection between white and Native American culture, a young girl learns about friendship, betrayal, and the sacrifices made in the name of belonging. On a quiet Philadelphia morning in 1906, a newspaper headline catapults Alma Mitchell back to her past. A federal agent is dead, and the murder suspect is Alma's childhood friend, Harry Muskrat. Harry--or Asku, as ...

Details Between Earth and Sky

TitleBetween Earth and Sky
Release DateApr 24th, 2018
PublisherKensington Publishing Corporation
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Adult Fiction

Reviews Between Earth and Sky

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    4 enlightening and engaging historical fiction stars to Between Earth and Sky! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Alma Mitchell’s childhood friend, Asku, is accused of murdering a federal agent. Alma’s husband is a lawyer, and he agrees to represent Asku at the trial as a favor to her. When Alma knew Asku, he was a successful student at the residential school for assimilating Native American children, and Alma had been the only white student enrolled because he...
  • Kristy K
    4.5 StarsOh my gosh this book broke my heart. There’s a lot in American history that we don’t talk about. It’s skimmed over in school or a pretty or patriotic spin is put on it. In the 1800s the US was busy assimilating Native Americans into their culture, forcing them to dress like them, talk like them, and act like them even though none of the indigenous people expressed a want of this. Skenandore exposes this time in history. Between Ear...
  • Robin
    A slow paced but poignant exploration of the treatment of Native Americans in history from the point of view of a young, coming of age girl. Alma, the main character, is a young white girl in a unique position of growing up among Native American children at her father's boarding school for "civilizing" them. Naturally, she befriends them, and like them, she is caught between two worlds, but does she truly understand them and their situation? As a...
  • Krista
    Rating: 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars. This book by Amanda Skenandore is told in alternating timelines. One is set in the 1880’s in Wisconsin, and the other is set in 1906. In the 1880's storyline a seven-year old, Alma moves with her parents to rural Wisconsin when her father becomes the Superintendent at the Stover School for Indians. She is an only child who has been schooled by governesses up to this point in her life. She is excited to g...
  • OLT
    This is an impressive debut novel by Amanda Skenandore. She writes about a very sensitive subject in a very insightful, straightforward and touching manner. There's sadness and despair and tragedy here, all treated without melodrama or excessive emotional pathos. This story moved me deeply, gave me a lump in my throat many a time, and even brought me to tears during the reading and long after finishing the read.Intellectually I knew about this pa...
  • Brooke
    This compelling novel tells the story of a girl, Alma, whose father runs a residential school on the Wisconsin-Minnesota border. The book shifts between Alma's childhood and her attempts as an adult to intervene in, and perhaps atone for, the effects of the school and white society in general on one of her Anishinaabe friends who is on trial for the murder of a reservation agent. The book is not a mystery but holds the reader's attention with the...
  • Lori
    I just had the pleasure of a free afternoon and a pre-release reading of "Between Earth and Sky" by Amanda Skenandore! The story starts in the late 1800's when the central character's father opens an Indian School to basically strip young native Americans of their culture and save their heathen souls. The book brings up a disturbing bit of our country's History and the unjust cruel treatment of native Americans. I really enjoyed this book and str...
  • Myrna
    Skenandore’s novel is a moving and powerful historical fiction set in the 1880s and early 1900s. This debut is slow paced but never boring. With realistic, sympathetic characters, and complex relationships, this book deals with a difficult topic. Quit a heartbreaking story for Alma and the Native American children forced to attend the Stover School. The way this country treated the Native Americans is appalling especially at the Mission Schools...
  • Erin Dunn
    See my review here on my blog! 😀
  • Deanne Patterson
    This book is the first I've read by this author and I definitely look forward to reading more by her. I'm not even sure how to describe my feelings with this book since it broke my heart! Excellent,excellent read. When Alma was a young child her father stared a school for Indian children a “savage-taming” boarding school run by her father. Alma was the only white student there the students all had a super strict teacher. The Indian children d...
  • Michelle
    One of the things I like best about being a NetGalley reviewer is that it exposes me to authors and books I would have never come across. Between Earth and Sky is one of those precious gems. Amanda Skenadore's writing provides an accurate portrait of Native American boarding schools in the late 1800s. In the character of Harry Muskrat she questions the impact of forced assimilation on one's self-identity. A heartfelt story that brought me to tear...
  • Karen
    I received this from in exchange for a review. Alma Mitchell revisits her childhood in Minnesota when her school friend Harry—or Asku, as Alma knew him— is accused of murdering a white man and faces execution.This book has a plodding pace but offers a thorough examination of the treatment of Native Americans as they are forced to assimilate into white culture during the late 19th century. 3.25☆
  • ABCme
    Thank you Netgalley and Kensington Books for the ARC.While education and assimilation might have been good intentions, for the Native American children taken from the Reservations and forced to become copies of White Man, Stover School is a prison. Alma is the founder's daughter and grows up stuck in the middle between right and wrong. She befriends the children and although they are forced to speak English, she learns some of their native tongue...
  • Lollita
    Well that was kind of depressing.
  • Riddhi (desiderium.)
    A murder mystery set in 1906 Philadelphia.I'm in.
  • Randee Green
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC. I have read a lot of great books so far in 2018 (according to my Goodreads Reading Challenge I’m up to 36 books so far this year), and I can honestly say that BETWEEN EARTH AND SKY by Amanda Skenandore is the best one I’ve read so far. Skenandore’s debut novel, which will be published by Kensington on April 24, 2018, is a compelling and heartbreaking historical fiction set in the 1880s and ...
  • Sue
    I enjoy reading historical fiction and love it even more when I learn about events that I didn't know about while I am reading. Between Earth and Sky does just that and more. The book is about the treatment of Indian children in the late 1800s when many of them were taken from their homes and families and moved to boarding schools. Their language and their traditions were stripped away from them as they were being 'civilized'. In the second time ...
  • Wendy
    I will upload my review after Library Journal prints it.
  • Bookworm
    Between Earth and Sky is a powerful and poignant exploration of the residential school system in the US during the late 19th century. It was nice to learn more about this significant part of history because it continues to have an impact even today. Although the story is based on American residential schools, the story is also relevant to Canadian history. The story starts in 1906 with Alma Michell reading a newspaper article about an old friend ...
  • Becky
    1881: Seven-year-old Alma and her family have moved west to start a school. A school for Indians. Here, the tribal children will learn to integrate into society. To lose their Indian ways and become Americans. It's her father's one true passion and Alma is excited to be part of it all. 1906: An Indian has been arrested, accused of murdering a federal agent, and awaiting trial out west. When Alma sees the story she knows it can't be true - the acc...
  • Deb
    I am a big fan of historical fiction and I especially enjoy books that focus on time periods or events that I know little about, so after reading the summary of Between Earth and Sky, I clamored to be on the book tour. Set in Wisconsin in the late 1800s and then again in 1906, the novel starts with the main character Alma, finding a newspaper article "Indian Man Faces Gallows For Murder Of Federal Agent." The name of the accused, Harry Muskrat, i...
  • Gregory Kompes
    Skenandore's debut novel is an interesting, evenly paced, well-written exploration of 19th century Indian Schools in America. The writing and descriptions are rich and compelling and the historic details are masterly woven into the book. I look forward to more work from this author.
  • Dianne Biscoe
    This story tugged at my mind and my heart strings as I read it. Difficult to put down once you start reading page 1. I am so struck by society's desire to "fix" other folks lives to be more like "ours" and how we continue to do this in 2018! Will we EVER learn?!Great it, borrow it or whatever but READ it! I admit I got this book from my local library and did not purchase it.
  • Jennifer Schmitt
    Wow! What a remarkable story, and from a first time author! Amanda Skenandore uses her amazing story telling to shed light on an aspect of often untold US history. You confront your own ideas and assumptions of our past with the Native Americans right along side the main character Alma. I highly recommend this book!
  • Roger DeBlanck
    Skenandore’s debut novel is compelling on many levels. It’s a vivid historical drama, a page-turning mystery, and a heartrending coming-of-age story. Skenandore expertly balances the narrative with short, intense chapters that alternate between the past and present, and she keeps the suspense running high with dual mysteries. What will be the fate of Asku (also known as Harry)? And what secrets of Alma’s past is she keeping buried?In the 18...
  • Suanne
    Amanda Skenandore’s debut novel, Between Earth and Sky, looks at those deplorable Indian residential schools established in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the United States and Canada. In these schools, children were forced to abandon their Native American identities and cultures, forbidden to speak their own languages. Many cases of physical, emotional and sexual abuse—atrocities performed in the guise of assimilating young Native...
  • gwayle
    A historical novel set in the American Midwest at the turn of the last century, Between Earth and Sky is the coming of age of Alma, a white girl who befriends the students in her father’s boarding school for Native American children. The book alternates between her time at school, where she witnesses the heartbreaking and abusive tactics of forced assimilation, and years later, when she reads in the newspaper that one of her classmates has been...
  • Chelsea
    I'll say it again, I love historical fiction! This book was so interesting, in a very tragic way, since I had never heard of Native American assimilation schools. I was ashamed to learn Americans had done this, but I always feel like people should know about our history, even if it is unpleasant. The characters really came alive in this story, and the writing was great. Sometimes I get tired of narrations switching back and forth, but I did like ...
  • Renee
    Between Earth and Sky is an engrossing novel of prejudice, injustice, guilt, love, and so much more. I turned the pages anxious for each chapter to unfold more of this complex story which shifts from Alma's current life to her past growing up at an Indian boarding school run by her father. The characters came alive for me, so much so, that I admit to shedding tears during certain chapters and the ending was unexpected. This book also opened my ey...