[read online books] Written in the SkyAuthor Matthew Kaopio – Freepe.co

At times way too saccharine and way too fast and loose with the suspension of the readers disbelief, this is nonetheless a compelling story of love, redemption, and eventual forgiveness It s just a shame because it seems like the book could ve been something a lot better had the author taken some time to edit and re edit the story A sort of pay it forward story, the dialogue s a bit hokey, but conversely some of the imagery and descriptions are magnificent. Beautifully written, a blend of spiritual and earthly lives The beginning is difficult to read with some violence in the homeless camp But as the story progresses, the characters are humanized and find kindness and compassion. good book love how the story played out and it was well inspired Homelessness is a growing epidemic in Hawaii Written in the Sky by Matthew Kaopio draws you into the story of a 14 year old boy living in Ala Moana Beach Park Ikau is a 14 year old boy who came to be homeless when his grandmother, his only living relative, died Not knowing what to do, he took his few remaining possessions and started to live under a bridge at Ala Moana Beach Park in Honolulu, HI Throughout the story, Ikau learns about the kindness of strangers and the sense of family that develops among mere strangers While dreaming, Ikau is visited by his grandmother who is urging him to find a mysterious Mariah Wong The dreams disturb Ikau, but he starts to find and follow other signs that lead him on journey where he meets Hawaiian, another homeless man, who gives him a journal with advice for how to survive Ikau pays forward this first kindness and a cycle of kind actions begins to take shape where a stranger does a kind act for Ikau and he pays it forward to the other homeless in Ala Moana Beach park My son was assigned this book for his Freshman English class I always try to read my children s assigned reading homework as well so that we can discuss the story and I can help with their homework, if necessary This story was easily read for a teenager However, I found the plot to waver too much For instance, Ikau s grandmother urges him to find Mariah Wong But her interaction with Ikau is only for one chapter and only gives him in knowledge of his family history, which is fine, but as a mother of a teenage boy, my hope was that this woman would become a mother figure for Ikau and take care of him Spoiler Alert That didn t happen.I did find the random acts of kindness and how the characters would pay those acts forward, very rewarding We all hope that we would take similar actions, but too often try to avoid homeless people worried that they are mentally ill or criminals Some, as this story shares, are, but not everyone who ends up homeless are afflicted with these issues Sometimes, it s bad luck and unfortunate circumstances.Overall, I enjoyed the book It is obviously a first work and was prepared without the assistance of a professional, nationwide publishing house As someone who writes as well, I applaud Kaopio s effort in producing a work that is shared with teens throughout Hawaii. Matthew Kaopio s Written in the Sky is a compelling, personal novel that tells the story of a homeless boy living in Ala Moana Beach Park The novel demonstrates the love of the boy post the death of his primary guardian, his grandmother Over the course of the novel, the boy develops many new relationships and has some experiences with bullying, death, and a lot of self reflection I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel for its ability to bring a personality to a homeless individual when many people may overlook this mass of people as simply less fortunate Kaopio s depiction of the boy s thoughts were also very intriguing and thought provoking to read about.YALO. This sad and beautiful book of a young teen, suddenly homeless after the death of his beloved grandmother, provided a unique glimpse into Hawaiian culture and the homeless community in and around Ala Moana Beach Park. A young adult novel about being seen, small kindnesses, sharing what you have, taking care of the land, reaffirming faith in God, and finding a purpose In the narrative, kau is usually referred to as the boy but it ends with him introducing himself as he starts to write in Hawaiian s journal kau is resilient, generous hearted, and mature he appreciates the small things he has and doesn t become resentful or bitter He is eager to learn He took out Hawaiian s journal and fed his equally hungry soul with words of nourishment The plot has bursts of violence the murder scene is not for young kids , peoples of many cultures, and is ultimately hopeful and full of life. A Young, Abandoned Hawaiian Boy, Ikauikalani, Living Among The Homeless In Ala Moana Park, Spends His Days Observing Tourists, Swimming In The Ocean, And Rummaging For Loose Change And Garbage But Ikau Can See The Future In The Movements Of The Clouds In A Dream, His Deceased Grandmother Speaks To Him Find Mariah Wong, A Name That Means Nothing To Him When A Homeless Man Named Hawaiian Is Killed In The Park, Ikau Is Left With His Journal Which Chronicles Hawaiian S Journey From Prison Inmate To Citizen Of The World This Sends Ikau On A Journey Of His Own To Find The Mysterious Mariah Wong In The Process, He Discovers The Beauty Of The Hawaiian Landscape, The Power Of His Culture, And The Rich History Of His Own Family Written in the Sky is the spiritual journey of a homeless Hawaiian boy Orphaned when his grandmother dies, Ikauikalani makes his home at Ala Moana Park His life is filled with holes like his very real physical hunger, his loneliness, and his connection to his past It s a short book and the simple diction is oddly interspersed with spiritual revelations or musings that are sometimes abrupt The atypical ending coincides with the storyline but I wonder about Ikauikalani s future as an adult. Last spring I went with several other students and our school chaplain to Seattle over spring break Our goal was to work with the homeless in Seattle and, in the process, learn something about social justice and ourselves That lesson has been a continuing one and Written in the Sky is just another piece of the puzzle to me, especially as I settle into my home here on O ahu.Read the rest of this review at The Lost Entwife on Sept 3, 2013.