Ten year old Nashville doesn't feel like he belongs with his family, in his town, or even in this world. He was hatched from an egg his father found on the sidewalk and has grown into something not quite boy and not quite bird. Despite the support of his loving parents and his adoring sister, Junebug, Nashville wishes more than anything that he could join his fellow birds up in the sky. After all, what's the point of being part bird if you can't touch the clouds?
"This is an impossibly lovely tale--but then, as Nashville, the soaring heart of this exquisite novel, learns, nothing is impossible when you follow your dreams. BEYOND THE LAUGHING SKY is a triumph."--Katherine Applegate, Newbery Award-winning author of "The One and Only Ivan " "With sharp yet fanciful imagery and prose magical enough to make readers feel that they, too, can fly, Cuevas weaves a story that illustrates how we all have the power to become what we are meant to be."--"Booklist" "Readers will end the book with a new sense of possible."--"Kirkus " "With a variety of metaphorical language and imagery, this short read engenders the theme of acceptance and aspiration of fitting in."--"School Library Journal"
Michelle Cuevas graduated from Williams College and holds a master of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Virginia. She lives in Massachusetts, and is the author of "The Masterwork of a Painting Elephant." This is her second book. Julie Morstad is an award-winning illustrator and artist. She lives with her family in Vancouver, B.C.