There is nothing extraordinary about Tucker O’Shay’s dreams.
Go to college. Become president. Fall in love.
And pretend like he has enough time to get it all done.
Sixteen-year-old Sarah Miller doesn’t expect anything out of the ordinary when she begins her first day at the one-room-school house in her new hometown of Rocky Knob. But when she meets seventeen-year-old Tucker O’Shay—the boy with the fatal illness who volunteers to tutor her in algebra—she finds herself swept up in a friendship that changes the way she sees the world and a love that changes her life.
“Heartbreakingly romantic and absolutely poignant, Joanne Bischof has written a story that will captivate readers and leave an indelible mark, long after the last page is turned. I couldn’t put this one down!” -Katie Ganshert, award-winning author of A Broken Kind of Beautiful
“I was deeply moved, and walked away from this story with Sarah and Tucker’s journey firmly rooted in my heart…” –Kristy Cambron, author of The Butterfly and the Violin
“Bischof’s ability to create a complete storyworld in my mind never fails to impress, and Tucker and Sarah’s love story will be part of me now. A standout young adult read that doesn’t end on a note of despair. The world needs more YA fiction like this.” – Heather Day Gilbert, author of God’s Daughter
“In This Quiet Sky Joanne Bischof delicately balances a tender story of friendship and young love woven with threads of what-if. There are no false, melodramatic notes here. Rather, Bischof’s writing rings true — equal parts the reality of possible loss that is overpowered by hope and the choice to love above all else.” – Beth K. Vogt, author of Somebody Like You (PW starred review)
“Reading This Quiet Sky will put anyone in mind of Anne of Green Gables with its elegant sense of nostalgic charm before it tragically and beautifully collides with the mysteries of life…Tucker’s and Sarah’s story is definitely not a tale to miss; it’s the story of a first kind of love not easily forgotten.” – Rissi Cain, writer and INSPY Award advisory board member
“Joanne Bischof is a marvelous storyteller who writes with deep emotion and conviction. A must read for teens and adults, This Quiet Sky is a gentle reminder of God’s unchanging love.” -Karen Cecil Smith, author of Orlean Puckett: The Life of a Mountain Midwife
These are some of the songs that I listened to while writing This Quiet Sky. Now, each one reminds me of Sarah and Tucker’s story.
A song that was really special to me for this story is the one by the Wailin’ Jennys. That song will always be the sound of chapter twelve to me (which is also the inspiration behind the cover).
And one of my favorites for this story is a song by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Something about it just says young love to me. The song’s bridge was also the inspiration behind Tucker and his “Cavalry” …and if the moment in the middle of chapter seven had a sound, that would be it. <3