The Girl Who Walked On Air by Emma Carroll

How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Previously reviewed:
Frost Hollow Hall

Synopsis: Abandoned as a baby at Chipchase’s Travelling Circus, Louie dreams of becoming a ‘Showstopper’. Yet Mr Chipchase only ever lets her sell tickets. No Death-Defying Stunts for her. So in secret, Louie practises her act- the tightrope- and dreams of being the Girl Who Walked on Air. All she needs is to be given the chance to shine.

One night a terrible accident occurs. Now the circus needs Louie’s help, and with rival show Wellbeloved’s stealing their crowds, Mr Chipchase needs a Showstopper- fast.

Against his better judgement, he lets Louie perform. She is a sensation and gets an offer from the sinister Mr Wellbeloved himself to perform in America. But nothing is quite as it seems and soon Louie’s bravery is tested not just on the highwire but in confronting her past and the shady characters in the world of the circus…

Fans of Frost Hollow Hall will love this epic adventure, where courage takes many different forms.

200words (or less) review: The Girl Who Walked On Air was one of my most eagerly anticipated releases of this year. I fell in love with Emma Carroll’s writing in Frost Hollow Hall and am pleased to say it is just as beautiful in this story.

Louie is headstrong and determined – she will be a Showstopper. I loved her fire, even when you could see that it will lead her into trouble.

The Girl Who Walked On Air is an adventure both for Louie and the reader because the writing makes everything so vivid you’re emotionally invested. It only took the fall at the beginning of the book for me to be completely lost. I didn’t want to put the book down.

When Louie steps onto the tightrope it is just her and the rope, the rest of the world disappears. When you begin reading the words on the page Emma Carroll weaves the same magic around you. Once inside the world of The Girl Who Walked On Air you won’t want to leave.

Recommend it?

Sunshine Star

Expected publication:
August 7th 2014 by Faber & Faber

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