Published by flux on March 27, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher
A 2018 Junior Library Guild selection.
“Trueblood's action-packed first novel explores the post-World War I époque with visceral period detail, and Grace's ambition carries the story about fighting for one's dreams, seeking stability in some form, and a team becoming a family.” —Publishers Weekly
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.
No one’s ever questioned Grace’s ambition until Henry Patton, a mechanic with plenty of scars from the battlefield, joins her barnstorming team. With each new death-defying trick, Henry pushes Grace to consider her reasons for being a daredevil. Annoyed with Henry’s constant interference, and her growing attraction to him, Grace continues to test the powers of the sky.
After one of her risky maneuvers saves a pilot’s life, a Hollywood studio offers Grace a chance to perform at the Expo. She jumps at the opportunity to secure her future. But when a stunt goes wrong, Grace must decide whether Henry, and her life, are worth risking for one final trick.
Nothing but Sky is a young adult novel by Amy Trueblood, set in the 1920s. I love the era of 20s, and this book embidoed that time period beautifully. Set in post world war 1, flying is still relatively new and very much for the guys. Along comes Grace who longs to be anywhere, as long as it is high up in the air, and I knew this was going to be a book that I couldn’t put down.
I loved Grace. She is plucky and ambitious, and demands that you listen to her. I loved that about her. Grace is a total daredevil. She is part of “The Soaring Eagles” barnstorming team, which is a team of stunt flyers. One thing you soon learn about Grace…she has no problem setting her sights high. Both figuratively and literally. Her dream is to win the 1922 World Aviation Exposition in Chicago. I loved Grace’s journey to get to the Expo and to compete.
Nothing But Sky is a read that is full of danger, adventure, spunk and tons of heart. Grace will make you fall in love with her. And then there is Henry. Oh my, how I loved Grace and Henry working together. There is a hint of romance in this book, but it is not the front and center storyline. Grace and her flying certainly is, which is perfect for this novel.
Overall, Nothing But Sky was a wonderful read. It is so well developed and executed. I felt transported to the 20s and to the Aviation Expo. Amy Trueblood brought Grace and her story completely to life. This is a book that really captivated me.