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Sky Jumpers


Sky Jumpers
by Peggy Eddleman

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Scroll down to find Related Activities & Resources, Book Talk Teasers, Read Alikes, and Book Reviews.

Readers Theater

Book Trailer

Author Interview


Peggy Eddleman homepage:

About Peggy Eddleman:

Cristina dos Santos interviews Peggy Eddleman:

Blogspot interview with Peggy Eddleman:

Cothran interviews Peggy Eddleman:

Peggy Eddleman previews Through the Bomb’s Breath:

Extra information on the main characters:

Inventions from the book, drawing and how they work:

Scroll down for book trailer:

Sky Jumpers sequel: The Forbidden Flats:

Peggy Eddleman Blogspot:

Inky Girl interviews Peggy Eddleman:

Literary Rambles interviews Peggy Eddleman:

Peggy Eddleman Facebook page:

Peggy Eddleman Twitter page:

 Inventions and Activities:

13 accidental inventions that changed the world (must click on the picture to get the next one and the explanation):

Top ten greatest inventions:

18 Inventions by women that changed the world:

Inventions timeline:

National Invention competitions for kids Prek-12:

Inspiring inventions kids competition:

 Hands-On Invention Activities:

In Sky Jumpers, someone invented a spoon with holes in it.  We take slotted spoons for granted.  What if we didn’t have them?  Write the names of simple inventions we take for granted on separate slips of paper, one per student.  Have students draw the slips out and tell how their life would be different without the items. Choose simple items such as the zipper, button, irrigation ditch, fork, etc. Of the items listed, which could you do without?

Reverse Engineer It:
Get donations of items that no longer work such as hard drives, keyboards, clocks, etc.  Have students take them apart to see how they work.  Have them put them back together again.

Give students the pieces of a clock you know works and have them try to put it back together so it works.

Invent It:
Have an inventions fair and have students alone or in groups attempt to invent something.

Brainstorm a Need:
Have students figure out what is needed today that would make life easier.  Something we don’t have.  Once your class figures out the need have them as a group find a solution.

Debate It:
What are the long term effects of dropping bombs and chemical warfare?  Discuss Agent Orange from the Vietnam War and the bombs dropped on Japan in WWII with students.  What were the lasting effects and is it worth it to the environment and the people who live there? Is this ethical?

The Bomb’s Breath was thicker which slowed down Hope’s fall.  Put water, oil and karo syrup into 3 separate glass containers.  Ask students to guess what will happen when a marble is dropped into each of the containers.  Then drop a marble one at a time into each container timing the descent to the bottom of the container.  Discuss why the time was different for each one. Explain that gas works the same way.

Poisonous Gases:
Research which gases are poisonous for us to breathe and what they are used for.  Example: CO2.

Hold It:
Find out how long you can hold your breath.  Have each person hold their breath and time it.  See who can go the longest.

How gas masks worked in WWI:

How gas masks protect:

How gas masks are made:

How to make your own gas mask:

How gas masks work with excellent diagram:

How to make a gas mask from a 2 liter soda bottle:

Hope had to learn how to land safely when she jumped into the Bomb’s Breath.  The following websites are on landing safely:

How to survive a fall out of a plane:

Shows how to bend and hold your body for less impact on landing from a jump. Scroll halfway down the page:


Read the inside front flap of the book.

Do the Reader’s Theater.


Plot-driven, genre ‘Science fiction’ and the subject “Dystopias’:
Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Into the gauntlet. After crossing five continents and solving some of history’s most perplexing mysteries, Amy and Dan Cahill are nearing the end of their adventure. As the final clue promises to reveal the truth about the Cahill family’s awesome power, Amy and Dan must successfully complete a challenge that their ancestors have failed for nearly 500 years. (NoveList)

Kade, J. V. Bot wars. In a futuristic world where humans and robots are at war, a boy goes on a search to find his missing military father. (NoveList)

Matas, Carol. The edge of when. A revised and updated edition of three novels previously published separately over thirty years ago. The story follows twelve-year-old Rebecca, who witnesses a kidnapping and is transported through time into the future. In order to find her way home she is faced with figuring out how to alter the course of history. (NoveList)

Sedgwick, Marcus. Floodland. After global warming causes the sea to rise until cities in England become islands, ten-year-old Zoe goes on a harrowing solitary boat journey to search for her parents. (NoveList)

Webb, Philip. Six days. Cass and her brother Wilbur scavenge in the ruins of a future London seeking an artifact for their Russian masters, but the search takes on a new urgency after the arrival of Erin and Peyto, strangers from afar who claim to hold the key to locating the mysterious object. (NoveList)

Plot-driven, the genre ‘Science fiction’ and the subjects ‘Post-apocalypse’, ‘Dystopias’, and ‘Survival’:
Dashner, James. The kill order. Mark struggles to make sense of his new, post-disaster world in this prequel to The Maze Runner. (NoveList)

Plot-driven, the genre ‘Science fiction’ and the subjects ‘Dystopias’ and ‘Survival’:
Shusterman, Neal. Unwind. In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives “unwound” and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs–and, perhaps, save their own lives. (NoveList)

Plot-driven, the genre ‘Science fiction’ and the subjects ‘Post-apocalypse’ and ‘Dystopias:
Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship breaker. In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl. (NoveList)

Genre ‘Science fiction’ and the subject ‘Inventions’:
Castle, M. E. Popular clone. Twelve-year-old Fisher Bas, a science-loving bully magnet, clones himself, only to discover that his double is infinitely cooler than himself. (NoveList)

Kloepfer, John. Galaxy’s most wanted. When thirteen-year-old Kevin Brewer and his camp buddies summon an alien to earth, they know they’ll win a blue ribbon in the science competition–but they don’t expect to find themselves in the middle of an interstellar war. (NoveList)

Shusterman, Neal. Tesla’s attic. With a plot combining science and the supernatural, four kids are caught up in a dangerous plan concocted by the eccentric inventor, Nikola Tesla. (NoveList)

Genre ‘Science fiction’ and the subject ‘Dystopias’:
Christopher, John. The white mountains. Young Will Parker and his companions make a perilous journey toward an outpost of freedom where they hope to escape from the ruling Tripods, who capture mature human beings and make them docile, obedient servants. (NoveList)

Fisher, Catherine. Fishtale. Sawyer Brown, his sister Elvira, and friends head into the Mississippi bayou seeking “Ol’ One Eye,” the biggest and meanest catfish around, in hopes of finding Sawyer’s widowed mother’s wedding ring, which was swallowed by a smaller fish. (NoveList)

Holyoke, Polly. The Neptune Project. A group of kids who have been genetically altered to survive in the ocean must embark on a dangerous underwater journey to find refuge–and maybe even a way to save the world. (NoveList)

Reese, Jenn. Above world. In a future of high technology and genetic modification the Coral Kampii, like legendary mermaids, live isolated from the Above World, but when the devices that allow them to breathe underwater start to fail, thirteen-year-old Aluna and her friend Hoku go to that forbidden place to find help. (NoveList)

Unsworth, Tania. The one safe place. In a near future world of heat, greed, and hunger, Devin earns a coveted spot in a home for abandoned children that promises unlimited food and toys and the hope of finding a new family, but Devin discovers the home’s horrific true mission when he investigates its intimidating Administrator and the zombie-like sickness that afflicts some children. (NoveList)

Plot-driven, the genres ‘Science fiction’ and ‘Apocalyptic fiction’ and the subjects ‘Inventions’ and ‘Survival’:
Wilson, Daniel H. How to survive a robot uprising: tips on defending yourself against the coming rebellion. Presents a humorous guide to battling mutinous robots, including tips for deactivating rebel servant robots and escaping from a murderous “smart” house. (NoveList)

Plot-driven, the genres ‘Science fiction’ and ‘Apocalyptic fiction’ and the subject ‘Post-apocalypse’:
Emerson, Kevin. The fellowship for alien detection. Thirteen-year-olds Haley and Dodger, winners of a fellowship, set out to investigate a series of possible alien abductions on tortuous family road trips that converge in a town that does not seem to exist. (NoveList)

Plot-driven, the genres ‘Science fiction’ and ‘Apocalyptic fiction’ and the subject ‘Dystopias’:
Webb, Philip. Where the rock splits the sky. Long after the Visitors split the moon and stopped Earth from turning, Megan and two friends mount their horses and set out across the Zone, where laws of nature do not apply, hoping to solve the mystery of her missing father and of the paralyzed planet itself. (NoveList)

Genre ‘Science fiction’ and the subjects ‘Dystopias’ and ‘Survival’:
Gray, Eva. Tomorrow girls.  In a Chicago troubled by the war against the Alliance, Louisa and her best friend, Maddie, disguised as her twin sister, are sent to the exclusive Country Manor School, where they are cut off from the outside world and learn survival skills. (NoveList)


Horn Book:
Eddleman, Peggy Sky Jumpers

277 pp. Random (Random House Children’s Books) 2013. ISBN 978-0-307-98127-1 LE ISBN 978-0-307-98128-8
(3) 4-6 In the settlement of White Rock, sheltered in a crater covered with dense, deadly air called Bomb’s Breath, Hope can’t match her friends’ enthusiasm for new inventions to replace lost technology. But when antibiotic-seeking bandits take the town hostage, decisive, risk-taking Hope goes for help. A strong female protagonist adapting to a changed, post-apocalyptic world makes this future-fantasy stand out. (Spring 2013 Guide

Reprinted from The Horn Book Guide by permission of The Horn Book, Inc., www.hbook.com

School Library Journal:
EDDLEMAN, Peggy. Sky Jumpers. 288p. illus. Random. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-307-98127-1; lib. ed. $19.99. ISBN 978-0-307-98128-8; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-307-98129-5. LC 2012027037.

Gr 5-7–In 2069, Earth is partially destroyed by the detonation of 27 green bombs that leave behind a pocket of dense oxygen molecules potent enough to kill any creature that inhales them. Twelve-year-old Hope lives in one of the few safe areas of fertile land that still remain. This life-threatening pocket of air, known as the Bomb’s Breath, has blocked all magnetic forces, causing many of the technological advancements of the early 21st century to disappear. Now the mostly agrarian society puts heavy emphasis on people to invent useful gadgets to improve on the quality of life, but Hope has no skills in this area. The only thing that she is good at is jumping through the Bomb’s Breath, a secret she has shared only with her friend Aaron. At a council meeting, the citizens of White Rock are told that the Bomb’s Breath, besides being a danger, has also served as a deterrent to roving groups of bandits from looting their town. When some thieves break through these protective perimeters to hold the town hostage for a rare antibiotic they have invented, Hope’s father is injured in the process. The antibiotic is the only cure for Shadel’s Sickness, a contagious disease developed as an offshoot of the war. Besides her dad needing the medicine to stave off the infection from his injury, the entire community needs it to survive the next year. Help from the neighboring communities is mandatory before time runs out, so Hope, along with some friends, carries off a daring and dangerous escape to run for help. The curriculum strengths of this book include heavy STEM subjects such as chemistry, medical biology, and earth science, as well as the structure of local government and nation building. Students not ready for the violence of The Hunger Games will enjoy the book’s adrenaline-rush daredevil adventures in the first installment in this series.–Sabrina Carnesi, Crittenden Middle School, Newport News, VA


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