Skies Like These turn a Bummer Summer to Something Great

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Summer couldn’t get worse. In the book “Skies Like These” by Tess Hilmo, we learn a bummer summer for Jade takes an unexpected turn.

Summer couldn’t get worse. In the book “Skies Like These” by Tess Hilmo, we learn a bummer summer for Jade takes an unexpected turn.

Jade is a city girl from Philadelphia who spends her summer at her aunt’s house in Wyoming. She is not happy with this. The country feel is not her style. But then she meets Roy Parker, her aunt's neighbor. Roy believes he is related to a legendary cowboy named Butch Cassidy. He absolutely loves the country.
We soon learn that Roy’s father's hardware store has been shut down by another store who is much larger and much more wealthier. Now, Roy needs Jade’s help to earn some money to get the store back in business. Jade comes up with an idea to hold stargazing evenings on the top of her aunt’s house. Will it be enough to get the hardware store working again?

Because Roy idolizes Butch Cassidy, there are a lot of funny parts. Roy tries to rob a bank the “Butch Cassidy” way or tries to earn money the “Butch Cassidy” way. It is hilarious what schemes he comes up with. It is also funny to read Jade’s reactions to the schemes.

This book had a lot of funny parts, but part of the book just dragged on and on and had no action. It was partially boring to read. However, the parts that dragged on were important to the story line. I wish Tess Hilmo added some action to the boring and evenly distributed the humor.

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend to kids ages 9-12.