Peggy Eddleman's debut children novel "Sky Jumpers" http://www.amazon.com/Sky-Jumpers-Book-Peggy-Eddleman/dp/0307981274/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379650333&sr=8-1&keywords=peggy+eddleman targeted for 8 to 12 year old's is a winning science fiction juvenile tale. It will be published on September 24, 2013.
Hope lives in White Rock, a town in what was once Nebraska, 40 years after the "green bombs" of World War III destroyed the world's civilization, electronics and lifestyle. Now White Rock has the Harvest Day Invention Day, where the children strive to use their ingenuity to make projects that will help their community.
White Rock's 917 person town is in a crater, ringed by mountains and the Bomb's Breath, an area of poisonous air that has odd properties. The Bomb's Breath is deadly if breathed in. The only way into the town is through a single passageway cut into the valley by the White Rock River, which protects the town from roaming bandits.
Hope, an adventurous 12 year old, has discovered that you can ski jump from cliffs in the mountain range surrounding her town through the Bomb's Breath and the air will slow down your flight. As the novel opens, Hope is planning a 35 foot jump off a cliff with a couple of flips then through the Bomb's Breath, where the slow air will help her to survive the dangerous jump. Although the jump is successful, less so is Hope's invention at the annual town festival.
Eddleman accurately captures Hope's feelings of triumph for the jump, hopefulness at her invention and disappointment at her failure. We feel for Hope.
Because White Rock feels protected, it sends its defenders to another local town to earn money for White Rock.
But, White Rock's feeling of invulnerability is put to the test when armed bandits find a way into the town and threaten to kill all of the adults unless the town gives them e a special antibiotic used to treat a deadly disease. The antibiotic will not be ready for several days. The bandits tie up all the older kids and adults, but Hope courageously leads a group of her friends in a daring escape from the bandits and through the deadly Bomb's Breath.
Can she use her skills in sky jumping to get the town's guards and save the antibiotics before they are stolen by the bandits?
Its an uplifting tale of a young girl, who learns her value to her community.