Seeing Sky-Blue Pink

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Plenty of things make eight-year-old Maddie nervous: her too-small feet, climbing high places, not always knowing what to say, and especially her new home in the Virginia countryside with Sam, her mom’s new husband. To her surprise, Sam turns out to understand all those things and more—like how to learn the weather from a cat, what kind of treasure you can find at the dump, and where to find a color called sky-blue pink. Through her growing bond with Sam, Maddie finds the courage to face many of her fears and the wisdom to see things she never believed could be real.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 4
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.0
Reading Counts! Points 6.0
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV013000, JUV044000
Dewey [Fic]
Lexile 590
ATOS Reading Level 3.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 116423
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Reviewed, and Table of contents


  • ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Finalist Honorable Mention, Commended, 2007



“. . .watching Maddie warm up to her new home and her new father is rewarding in its own quiet way.”

School Library Journal

“With well-drawn characters, honestly expressed emotions, and a genuinely childlike perspective, this is a gentle, soothing story about trust and acceptance.”
School Library Journal

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Like the author’s More Than a Name (BCCB 9/95), this is a gentle, unabashedly positive story of a nascent stepfather-stepdaughter relationship. The chapters are short and sweet, suitable for reading aloud or alone; though Sam is a little idealized, he’s awfully endearing, while Maddie’s unease about moving and her more subtextually indicated anxiety about trusting another father figure are respectfully depicted. Youngsters longing for some paternal attention of their own or looking for reassurance as they enter their own step families will find this an affectionate and bolstering chapter book.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Author: Candice Ransom

Candice Ransom is the author of 150 books for children. She holds an MFA from Vermont College and an MA in children's literature from Hollins University. She currently teaches in Hollins University's graduate program in children's literature.