Grace Lafferty only feels alive when she's dangling 500 feet above ground. As a post-World War I wing walker, Grace is determined to get to the World Aviation Expo, proving her team’s worth against flashier competitors and earning a coveted Hollywood contract.
|Publisher:||North Star Editions|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||2 MB|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Amy Trueblood grew up in California only ten minutes from Disneyland which sparked an early interest in storytelling. As the youngest of five, she spent most of her time trying to find a quiet place to curl up with her favorite books. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in journalism, she worked in entertainment in Los Angeles before returning to work in Arizona. Fueled by good coffee, and an awesome Spotify playlist, you can often find Amy working on the next post for her blog, Chasing The Crazies. Nothing But Sky is her first novel.
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Nothing But Sky based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Ahoy there me mateys! I received this young adult historical fiction eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . The beautiful cover led me to looking into this one. It is about a female barnstormer in the roaring twenties. What is a barnstormer ye ask? Well a barnstorming act is basically a flying circus. The pilots do aerial tricks and sell airplane rides. Some of these acts had wing-walkers, like Lillian Boyer, who would do car-to-plane transfers, walk on the wings while the plane was in flight, and do parachute jumps. This story tells the fictional account of a wing-walker named Grace. Orphaned as a child, she grew up with her bachelor pilot uncle. Under duress, she became his wing-walker at the age of 13. Now 18, Grace has plans for her team to make it to the World Aviation Expo in Chicago and from there earn a contract to work in Hollywood. But competition is fierce and one team owner in particular seems determined to poach her or otherwise ruin her shot at Chicago. Can Grace's dream come true? This book was a lovely look into a slice of American history. It was a quick read that I read in one sitting. While I had heard of barnstorming before, I didn't know that much about it. Grace was feisty, hard-working, determined, stubborn, loyal, and sometimes had a wicked temper. I was immersed in Grace's story and the details of the planes and aerobatics. I have to admit that I was surprised by a couple of the plot twists. Though I don't prefer romance, it was handled well. The author seems to have done a stellar job at research. Better yet this book led me to further reading on figures who appear in the book like, Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman and Native-American descendant to earn a pilot license. I love when historical fiction makes me interested enough to do factual research. I recommend this one if any of the above sounds interesting.
Ever since reading Code Name Verity a few years ago I have been seeking more stories featuring women in aviation. I was delighted to be approved for Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood. Nothing But Sky is a high-flying adventure story set the post-World War I era. Its shining star is Grace Lafferty. Always pushing the men in her life to reach for more and be more, Grace is a force to be reckoned with. Not one to take no for an answer, Grace sets her sights on competing at the World Aviation Expo in Chicago. Grade’s tenacity and ingenuity for unique breath-taking stunts might just get her barnstorming team the money and fame she desires, but it also places them in danger in the air and one the ground. Grace’s excitement and passion oozes off the page and the reader can’t help but be taken up in her dreams and stunts hoping and praying she survives. Trueblood’s research into flying and its history is to be admired. When describing Grace’s crazy stunts, the reader will feel like they are on the wing of the plane or dangling from the struts with her – wind in their hair. It all feels so real. Even the technical jargon and detailed stunt planning is well written. Not once do these details bog the story down. They are a natural part of the storytelling and help to build the excitement and drive the plot forward. Nothing But Sky falls a bit short on the plot. While Grace’s passion for flying feels new and Trueblood’s explanations of the ins and outs of stunt flying is a natural part of the story, the rest of the plot is predictable. As the reader reaches the book’s end point all the loose threads of the story come together in a nearly impossible and unbelievable way. It’s unfortunate that when the plot is not focused on flying or Grace’s goal to get to the World Aviation Expo, the story falls flat. Grace is such a lively character that the other characters that play a part in her story are caricatures compared to her. Not enough time is spent exploring and delving deeper into Grace’s relationships and developing the characters who mean the most to her and become key players in the plot. The love story between Grace and Henry happens a little too quickly and easily and ends up being too sweet. Unless Grace is with Henry, she never comes across as a girlie-girl so her head-over-heels feelings for Henry seem uncharacteristic and in opposition to how Grace acts the rest of the time. And when it comes to the big reveal in the story, confusion reigns as there is little indication earlier in the story that the culprit was someone much closer to Grace than even she imagined. Women played a big role in aviation history, and Nothing But Sky captures the excitement, passion, technical details and danger, for both men and women, associated with early aviation. Trueblood gives readers a strong female character to admire and shows them a picture of early American History that is not well known. Nothing But Sky is a strong entry into the genre of historical fiction with a fierce female protagonist to admire.
I LOVE this book. Until I read NOTHING BUT SKY, I had no idea crowds flocked to watch wing walkers in the 1920s, but I loved learning about it. That's what's so fantastic about historical fiction--you get to learn about pieces of history you had no clue existed. I read about these stunts with my mouth hanging open, and then I went to watch the YouTube videos she mentioned in the author's note to discover real people actually did this stuff. It's crazy but amazing and I wouldn't have known anything about it without this book. The historical setting is so rich, with tidbits about popular music and film, fashion, the economy, and daily life sprinkled into the narrative. It's very well done. I love being sucked into another time. I love how the romance develops in the story, with both Grace and Henry growing together. Just the right blend of tension.