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We Walked the Sky
We Walked the Sky | Lisa Fiedler
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A stunning, multigenerational story about two teenagers: Victoria, who joins the circus in 1965, and her granddaughter, Callie, who leaves the circus fifty years later. Perfect for fans of This is Us. In 1965 seventeen-year-old Victoria, having just escaped an unstable home, flees to the ultimate place for dreamers and runaways--the circus. Specifically, the VanDrexel Family Circus where, among the lion tamers, roustabouts, and trapeze artists, Victoria hopes to start a better life. Fifty years later, Victoria's sixteen-year-old granddaughter Callie is thriving. A gifted and focused tightrope walker with dreams of being a VanDrexel high wire legend just like her grandmother, Callie can't imagine herself anywhere but the circus. But when Callie's mother accepts her dream job at an animal sanctuary in Florida just months after Victoria's death, Callie is forced to leave her lifelong home behind. Feeling unmoored and out of her element, Callie pores over memorabilia from her family's days on the road, including a box that belonged to Victoria when she was Callie's age. In the box, Callie finds notes that Victoria wrote to herself with tips and tricks for navigating her new world. Inspired by this piece of her grandmother's life, Callie decides to use Victoria's circus prowess to navigate the uncharted waters of public high school. Across generations, Victoria and Callie embrace the challenges of starting over, letting go, and finding new families in unexpected places.
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MaggieCarr
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Time Slip × YA
"You can't just love a legacy. You can't let one thing - one talent, one person, one particular way of life - stop you from loving other things too." Pg 235

I really enjoyed this book and double narrative shared from both a current day teen and her great-grandmother who are both tight rope walkers.

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ElizabethBoa
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I think it should go without saying Victoria's story was my favorite, and I was sobbing by the end of this book. I absolutely loved this book. Victoria flees to the circus searching for an escape away from her ugly past, but instead finds a home. Years later her granddaughter finds herself out place wishing she was still starring in the circus any circus really!! Mementos left behind from her grandmother are her unsual guide to her new life. 5/5

ElizabethBoa I'd recommend to anyone who has ever wondered or thought of what it would be like to run off to the circus. I myself was one of those tweens who after visiting the circus was enamored. I really loved the whole circus atmosphere! 🎪🚂 3mo
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ElizabethBoa
We Walked the Sky | Lisa Fiedler

But despite that, or perhaps because of it, the circus goes on, because joy trumps tragedy every time. Loss is absorbed and stored in the heart, and the lights come up and the show goes on.

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ElizabethBoa
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Freedom may be something, home is everything.
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ElizabethBoa
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Only 100 pages in and already I'm shedding tears..
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4/5🌟 Out July 19th
A wonderful #YA multi-generational story about growing up and finding where belong. I loved the strong female characters. Both the narration of Victoria and Callie were excellently executed. I particularly fell for Victoria. Her chapters were very atmospheric. She had a very nostalgic quality to her voice. The story is beautiful crafted. This is another book labeled YA but I think readers of all ages could enjoy. #bookreview