Head Above Water

Skye's relationship with her brother who has Down syndrome constantly challenges and sometimes frustrates her.  All the while, Skye is trying to maintain her 3.5 GPA, and she is training intensely to qualify for the state championships as a member of her high school swim team, in hopes of earning a college scholarships.  She is also struggling to come to terms with her feelings for her boyfriend, who wants more from her than she is ready to give.  As Skye attempts to face these challenges, she grows up and gains a new perspective to what is truly important in her life.


1999 An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers

1999 Finalist Oklahoma Book Award

1999 New York Public Libraries Books for the Teen Age

2000 Nominee, Colorado Blue Spruce Award

2000 Nominee, Utah Young Adult List

2000 Nominee, South Carolina Book Award 

2000 Young Adult Choice Winner by the International Reading Association

2000-01 Nominee, Children’s Literature Association of Utah Book Award