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Blue to the Sky
by Sylvia McNicoll


ISBN: 9781770867475 

Format: Trade Paperback

Size: 5.375" x 8"


  • JUV039140 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

  • JUV015000 JUVENILE FICTION / Health & Daily Living / General

  • JUV029010 JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature / Environment

Price: $14.95


Ages: 9 to 12


Publication Date: April 13, 2024


The journey to conquering your fears starts with 1,776 steps.


Starting sixth grade after years of homeschooling, Ella is tired of being known as Allergic-to-Everything Girl. She just wants to eat pizza without breaking into hives, convince her mom to adopt a Whoodle dog, and get over her stage fright so she can perform her poem to her class.


When her best friend signs up for a CN Tower climb for charity, Ella knows she has to join. If she can climb to the top and summon the courage to recite her poem over the city, she’s convinced she’ll finally be cured of her fears.

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“Sylvia McNicoll’s heart-warming novel is an empathetic look into the strength and courage it takes for children with multiple life-threatening allergies to wake up and face the challenge of everyday living. Blue to the Sky is an important and entertaining book.”

— Christina Kilbourne, award-winning author of 40 Days in Hicksville

“A sensitive portrayal of living with multiple allergies and of growing into oneself.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Sylvia’s writing made it seamless to fall into Ella’s world and gain a better understanding of how these allergies can limit a person’s ability to easily exist in a world built for able bodies. We really don’t have a lot of quality reads that feature disability in the children’s lit space and it is wonderful to now have another story for readers to feel seen and heard.”

Stephanie Lamb, Storytime with Stephanie

Blue to the Sky is a fabulous book that fills a niche of families and children living with severe allergies. It gives readers a glimpse of living life with severe allergies. As McNicoll mentions in the ‘Acknowledgments,’ the book is a work of love. She has watched her own children and grandchildren navigate the world of living with allergies, and she shares this beautiful story with readers.”

— Mary Harelkin Bishop, Canadian Review of Materials

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