The Bluest Sky by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Hello, Christina Diaz Gonzalez! Welcome back to Watch. Connect. Read.! I'm grateful you're today to share The Bluest Sky's gorgeous cover. 

Christina Diaz Gonzalez: Thank you, Mr. Schu, for hosting the cover reveal of my latest historical fiction novel, THE BLUEST SKY!

Please tell us about The Bluest Sky and your reaction to Edel Rodriguez's art. 

Christina Diaz Gonzalez: The Bluest Sky is the story of Héctor, a young Cuban boy, who must navigate life in Cuba during the Mariel boatlift of 1980... where every decision can lead to deadly consequences. I was inspired to write this book as I have friends and family who came to the U.S. through the Mariel boatlift (over 125,000 people fled Cuba during the summer of 1980) and their experiences permeate my family history. As you might imagine, I was incredibly excited to discover that there would be another Mariel connection to the book when the supremely talented artist, Edel Rodriguez (who came to the U.S. through the Mariel boatlift), designed this gorgeous cover. Now I can’t wait until September so people can learn more about this momentous time in our recent history by reading about Héctor and his best friends, Teo and Isabel.

Thank you, Christina! 

The Blue Sky releases on September 6, 2022. Pre-order it HERE

‎Knopf Books for Young Readers' Description:

A boy and his family must decide whether to remain in Cuba under a repressive government or risk everything for the chance of a new beginning in this gripping story from the award-winning author of The Red Umbrella.

There are two versions of Héctor: the public and the private. It’s the only way to survive in communist Cuba—especially when your father was exiled to the U.S. and labeled an enemy of the people. Héctor must always be seen as a fierce supporter of the regime, even if that means loudly rejecting the father he still loves.

But in the summer of 1980, those two versions are hard to keep separate. No longer able to suppress a public uprising, the Cuban government says it will open the port of Mariel to all who wish to leave the country—if they can find a boat. But choosing to leave comes with a price. Those who want to flee are denounced as traitors by family and friends. There are violent acts of repudiation, and no one knows if they will truly be allowed to leave the country or not.

So when Héctor’s mother announces that she wants the family to risk everything to go to the United States, he is torn. He misses his father, but Cuba is the only home he has ever known. All his dreams and plans require him to stay. Can he leave everything behind for an unknown future?

In a summer of heat and upheaval, danger and deadly consequences, Héctor’s two worlds are on a collision course. Will the impact destroy him and everything he loves?


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