Most of you should know by now that I love a circus book, so Emma Carroll’s The Girl Who Walked on Air just had to be one of my Beat The Backlist targets – unsurprisingly I absolutely adored this book & loved being back within a circus environment. Also – that cover!
I didn’t make a lot of notes about this book as it grabbed all of my attention every time I picked it up – there really is something about circuses, carnivals & masquerades that totally captivate me & leave me desperate for more. Laura Lam’s Micah Grey series is the circus environment that I love the most & there were elements of this world that reminded me of Laura’s – the circus folk in The Girl Who Walked on Air really reminded me of some of the characters that Micah gets to meet on their journey & I was almost as in love with this book as I am with Laura’s. Main character Louie was also fantastic – she was strong willed & determined; things that we always appreciate in a female lead.
The story itself was fun & interesting, & there were some great plot twists (that I, an adult, probably should have predicted) & the story actually ended up very different from that in the Micah Grey series. To be honest, I found the plot very original & Emma’s writing made the story very enchanting. I love the daring edge that was in the performance scenes & Emma made it feel as if things could actually go very wrong for our main character – even though we needed her presence for the story to continue. I also adored the touch on mental health that was included in the story, as well as the sexism & male-privilege that was weaved into the last quarter of the book. This book is an educational one, but the teachings are very subtle, meaning that you don’t think much about them until you’re reflecting on the read, like I am now.
I really loved this book & will definitely be reading it again someday – it also left me hoping that I’ll get to work with children that books like this are age-appropriate for so that I can one day share my love of middle grade books with actual middle grade children. If you fancy getting yourself a copy of the book you can do so using the links below: if you use the Amazon or Book Depository links to make a purchase I will receive a small fee at no cost to you, so please consider doing so.
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