The Forbidden Flats (Sky Jumpers, Book 2)
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Twelve-year-old Hope has always felt a little different from everyone else who lives in White Rock. She tries hard, but she doesn’t always think before she acts. She takes big risks. Sometimes her risks pay off, but sometimes they fail. Sometimes she fails.
Hope knows that the most dangerous thing about living in White Rock is that it’s so close to the deadly Bomb’s Breath—the invisible, fifteen-foot-thick band of compressed air that’s hovered over the earth since the Green Bombs of World War III. The citizens of White Rock live in fear of the Bomb’s Breath. Only Hope has figured out a way to go through it—and lived to tell the tale.
But when a massive tremor rips across the earth, the Bomb’s Breath begins to lower over White Rock. It’s up to Hope and her friends Brock and Aaren to make the dangerous journey far from home across the bandit-ridden Forbidden Flats to the wilds of the Rocky Mountains and obtain the one thing that may be able to stop it—before the Bomb’s Breath sinks too far and destroys them all. This time, Hope can’t fail.
other, and the paler Cass’s face grew. We steered our horses single file through the narrow alleys, grateful that the tall walls blocked some of the hail. After several turns, we came to a more open space where a building lay flat on its side, its top pressed against another building that was shorter and actually standing straight up. Luke slid off his horse, walked up to a metal panel on the side of the building, and banged hard on it five times. I didn’t know enough about metals to know what
as though he was trying to decide if I was serious. “Through the Bomb’s Breath.” “I know you can do it—it’s not that hard,” I said. “We can show you.” I paused for a minute, and Luke didn’t say anything. He just sat on his horse looking unsure. Then he said, “I can’t very well have my niece besting me when it comes to being daring now, can I? Once we get there, show me.” When I woke up in the morning, I brushed Arabelle’s coat before I put her saddle on. “It’s okay, girl. A little farther, and
was … interesting.” He dipped his foot back into the air of the Bomb’s Breath and moved it around. “Huh.” I was proud of him. And proud of me for talking him through it. “Can we help you?” The voice startled me. I spun around to find two guards standing not far from us on the other side of a small clearing, in the shade of some aspen trees. One of them—a big man with a thick beard and a bald head—looked surprised to see us. The other guard was a tall, thin woman who narrowed her eyes. I took
up at us as if she’d never seen anything so amazing. “Really? This is for me?” I nodded, and she brushed her fingers across it a few times. After a moment, she said, “I was faking asleep when Mr. Williams came last night to tell Mom and Dad what happened. Mom freaked out.” Aaren sighed. “She’s never letting me go anywhere again.” I heard my name called. I turned to see Luke, standing as though he wasn’t going to walk any farther. “Luke?” I said. “Are you—” But then I didn’t need to ask. I saw
everyone who reads The Forbidden Flats. Your kind words and the way you’ve enthusiastically shared Sky Jumpers with your friends has meant the world to me. Thank you. About the Author PEGGY EDDLEMAN lives at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Utah with her husband and their three kids. In addition to writing, Peggy has worked as a newspaper delivery girl, a software tester, a fast-food worker, a bank teller, a technical writer, and a tutor for fourth graders. You can visit Peggy online at