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A Sky Without Lines

Arturo loves to look at maps and trace the lines where different countries meet, as if greeting each other with a big hug. But his mother tells him these lines have a different purpose - to keep people from moving freely across the land. Arturo and his mother are separated from his father and his brother Antonio by one of these lines. Try as he might, Arturo cannot think of a way to cross this line to see his family again. But then he has a dream, of flying through the open sky, a sky without any lines and meeting Antonio on the moon.

Artful, nuanced watercolors illustrate a young boy's sorrow at separation and his hopeful dreams of a world without borders.

Read 650 - My Library

Read650's collective of memoir based essays by 12 authors on the topic 'My Library - True Stories of Books, Nooks, and Furtive Looks'.

View a live reading of the essay by Krystia Basil: