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Skywatchers (Hardcover)

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This is my kind of summer reading! Part historical fiction, part sci-fi, part what if, all adventure. Seven very different members of their school’s “Operation Skywatch” club will be forever changed after a mysterious light lands in the woods, if they are ever seen again.

— Laura

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From National Book Award Finalist Carrie Arcos comes a thrilling, genre-bending mystery about the history of the Cold War and the UFO phenomenon. Perfect for fans of In the Woods by Tana French and Netflix's Stranger Things.

The year is 1952. The threat of invasion from the Soviet Union has people in a panic. The government has issued a call to civilians to act as radar--and Teddy, John, Caroline, Eleanor, Bunny, Frank, and Oscar eagerly answer. As members of their high school's "Operation Skywatch" club, they, along with others across the country, look to the sky in an effort to protect the country from attack.

But they're not prepared for the strange green light they see when on duty, which looks like nothing they've been trained to look out for. So when the mysterious object lands in the forest, Teddy, John, Caroline, and Bunny go in to investigate. Then, they disappear.

In this thrill of a novel inspired by real events, one group of teens will come face to face with the UFO phenomenon and the vastness of the unknown as they try to save one another, and possibly, the world. A powerful exploration of what if.

Praise for Skywatchers:

"An expertly crafted genre mash-up of sci-fi, historical fiction, and mystery, with a dash of thriller that will keep readers racing towards the end. A unique and original tale that will appeal to a wide variety of teens. A must-have for all teen collections." --School Library Journal

"Arcos has crafted an excellent mystery, with a hook in the compelling cast and just enough hints to keep readers guessing." --Booklist

"The historical time period, astute character development, and suspense-filled writing will draw readers in." --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author


Carrie Arcos is an award-winning author of books for young adults, including the National Book Award Finalist Out of Reach, We Are All That's Left, and Crazy Messy Beautiful. Several of her books have been Junior Library Guild selections and on best book lists. She originally hails from upstate New York; however, Los Angeles is where she calls home with her husband and kids. She loves teaching high school students, cooking, traveling, and talking. After recently visiting Ireland, she now understands that she's Italian at heart, but she's Irish in soul. Visit Carrie online at www.carriearcos.com and follow her on Twitter @carriearcos.

Praise For…


Praise for We Are All That's Left:

* "A multilayered view of tragedy and its repercussions." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "This complex, compelling story takes readers on a deep dive below the surface, exposing both the fragility of life and the redemptive bonds of love." --Booklist, starred review

Praise for Crazy Messy Beautiful:

"This satisfying and unconventional love story explores the various meanings of the word." --Kirkus Reviews

"Arcos has written a classic story of a budding artist finding out the reality behind the artifice, and does so while keeping a wonderful sense of humor." --Booklist

"Arcos capably probes the mysterious without attempting to solve it as Neruda discovers the difference between crushing on someone he doesn't know and loving someone he does, learning that friendship, too, is a kind of love." --Publishers Weekly


Product Details
ISBN: 9781984812292
ISBN-10: 1984812297
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: August 18th, 2020
Pages: 368