Project Description


Out of the Blue

by S. L. Rottman

“As an Air Force brat, moves were second nature to me. This was my seventh move in fifteen years, and I knew the drill—usually it was no big deal.

But this one was different.”

Stu and his mom are heading to Minot, North Dakota, where she will assume command of the Air Force base. But this time it will be just the two of them. His brother is away at college, and their father has abruptly decided to move to Nevada.

With his family scattered and his mother preoccupied with military duties, Stu finds himself on his own and adrift in this new environment, caught between a respect for the regimented life of the military and an aching desire for independence and freedom. As he struggles to find his way, he is pulled into his neighbors’ dysfunctional family drama and becomes an unwitting participant. When tragedy finally strikes, Stu must come to terms with his own culpability.

Once again, award-winning author S. L. Rottman has crafted an absorbing young adult novel that powerfully depicts the emotional turbulence of teenage life and the difficulty of negotiating complex human relationships.

Hardcover: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-499-0
Total Pages: 288
Size: 5 1/4 x 8
Language: English
Paperback: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-786-1
Total Pages: 288
Size: 5 1/4 x 8
Language: English
Format: E-book
ISBN: 978-1-56145-674-1
Age Range: 12 – 16
Language: English

Purchase this E-book through the following vendors:

Baker & Taylor
Barnes & Noble
Recorded Books

Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 134020
AR Reading Level: 4.3
AR Points: 10

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: Z+
F&P Grade: 9th and up

Reading Counts
Reading Counts Level: 3.8
Reading Counts Points: 17
Reading Counts Interest Level: 6-8


“Timely.” ―Kirkus

“…a realistic interpretation of teenage life…” ―School Library Journal

“…thought-provoking…” ―Booklist

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This is one of those powerful novels encouraging young teens to stand up for what is right, even if they are standing alone…an eye-opening novel.” ―Herald-Citizen

“Very well written book and great dialog. A good mystery that will keep any reader flipping pages to see what happens next…Very well written with great detail. The characters were so descriptive it felt like you were one of them. A very good book for any reader.” ―YALSA, YA Galley Teen Review

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Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (top pick, senior high) ―Kansas National Education Association 2010

North Carolina Children’s Book Award (nominee, junior book category) ―North Carolina Reading Association 2011

Heartland Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature (nominee) ―The Writing Conference, Inc. (in connection with University of Kansas) 2011

Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (honor book, Language Arts 7-12 novels) ―Society of School Librarians International 2010

Meet the Author

S.L. Rottman is a former teacher and the author of several young adult novels. A graduate of Colorado State University, Rottman lives in Colorado. You can visit her website here.