Girl on a Wire

Girl on a Wire

by Gwenda Bond


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A ballerina, twirling on a wire high above the crowd. Horses, prancing like salsa dancers. Trapeze artists, flying like somersaulting falcons. And magic crackling through the air. Welcome to the Cirque American!

Sixteen-year-old Jules Maroni’s dream is to follow in her father’s footsteps as a high-wire walker. When her family is offered a prestigious role in the new Cirque American, it seems that Jules and the Amazing Maronis will finally get the spotlight they deserve. But the presence of the Flying Garcias may derail her plans. For decades, the two rival families have avoided each other as sworn enemies.

Jules ignores the drama and focuses on the wire, skyrocketing to fame as the girl in a red tutu who dances across the wire at death-defying heights. But when she discovers a peacock feather—an infamous object of bad luck—planted on her costume, Jules nearly loses her footing. She has no choice but to seek help from the unlikeliest of people: Remy Garcia, son of the Garcia clan matriarch and the best trapeze artist in the Cirque.

As more mysterious talismans believed to possess unlucky magic appear, Jules and Remy unite to find the culprit. And if they don’t figure out what’s going on soon, Jules may be the first Maroni to do the unthinkable: fall.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477847916
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Pages: 372
Sales rank: 413,089
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Gwenda Bond is the author of Girl on a Wire, whose daredevil young heroine discovers danger and passion lurking beneath the big top. Her previous books include the young adult novels The Woken Gods and Blackwood. Her writing has also appeared in Publishers Weekly and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She has an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, author Christopher Rowe, and their menagerie. Visit her online at or @gwenda on Twitter.

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Girl on a Wire 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
I am kind of on the fence about this book. The story is good, the writing is good but the characters feel bland to read. The plotline is about Jules, who dreams to become the best wire walker. She forces her family to join the Cirque American to help out their failing family shows. When they arrive, however, she learns that they are shunned due to a past that concerns her grandmother. Said grandmother is cagey about the events of the past, and while Jules is intrigued as to why this enmity has still persisted, she is the victim of a series of incidences designed to make her fail. There is a supernatural element in the book which I did not foresee; I thought it would be a Scooby-doo-ish plot with regards to the mystery, but it actually did turn out to be magic-involved. The pace of the book was good, but mired with unnecessary romance. I like Jules and Remy, but they were also very boring. Sneaking around because their families might not approve? Yawn. Then there is the issue that it seems like Jules will solve the mystery and all, but doesn’t really? The ending was pretty disappointing, as far as mysteries go; it wasn’t even surprising. Another thing I found that Jules as a character, despite being the POV, did not undergo any character development; I mean, there was even the potential with that magic coin but it was just resolved into a reckless attempt to get rid of it? Overall, it was good in some aspects but also not much at all. Received a free galley from Amazon Children’s Publishing, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully vivid story about life in a small circus. There are small elements of magical realism, but this is not a teen version of the night circus. This is a genuinely sweet story with real-feeling teenagers and adults. Recommended for ages 12-16. 
Sue_in_CT More than 1 year ago
Girl on a Wire: A Novel by Gwenda Bond is a fictional novel that I really had my doubts if I'd enjoy it just didn't sound really interesting for being that long. By that I mean it is about characters in a circus and by the cover I can tell it is what I call a "Type Rope Walker". Now I like the circus just as much as the next person (my first date with my husband we went tot he circus) but just how good can a novel based on circus 'walker' be? It has to be filled with boring stuff to take up all the space so it drags on and on but guess what. It it was really good! There was a little of everything, love, friendship, family, mystery, murder (of sorts), magic, spells and more. I can't believe how much was in this one book which is indeed based on a 'walker' and how the author put it all in and made it work. It all flowed so perfect and seamless although the mystery part certainly had me going. I couldn't figure it out for sure although I did have my guesses. I also love that it was free from foul language and sexual content. The most that went on was kissing and it was kept 'clean' as I would expect for a YA read.  I won't recap the story as the author wrote a nice description which you can read for yourself however I do want to say that I found that the characters were developed fully, they weren't flat by any stretch of the imagination. I am not only talking about the main character of Jules but also of her family (Maroni), the Garcia family, especially Remy. Both these families go back years and years as the circus way of life was pasted from generation to generation which in real life that was very common years ago.  The story about the 'bad blood' between these two families with the mystery behind it, add the 'voodoo' or 'spell' or whatever you want to call it, plus the need for both Jules and Remy to find out the truth about what really happened, only seems natural to me so the story was believable as far as that goes. Also, adding to the story being believable is that there are references to real circus acts (e.g., Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus), events (e.g., circus train crash of 1918), and people (e.g., Bird Millman) throughout. I didn't notice any issues with the story but I must admit I was so engrossed in it I am not sure if I would have noticed them. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants an easy read, free from sex and foul language, packed full of mystery, suspense, and so much more. (You don't have to be a YA to enjoy this either, I recommend it no matter what your age.)