Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Book Review: Nothing But Sky, by Amy Trueblood

Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood book cover and review
Nothing But Sky has a unique historical setting in the sky.  I didn't realize how popular (and death-defying) these daredevils were.

Grace is an orphan who lives with her Uncle who is also her pilot.  Grace wants nothing more than to make a career as a barnstormer, but she will need to prove she's the best since the skies are becoming crowded.  Her unwavering goal is to win the World Aviation Expo in 65 days in Chicago.  This victory will lead to a Hollywood contract with a movie studio.

Grace and her team are working feverishly to raise enough money for the entrance fee.  Grace is being recruited by one of their stiffest competition, and it seems they will stop at nothing to get Grace to join their team.

However, Grace's team is like her family.  And when they hire a new mechanic, she finds herself in an unwanted romance.  She has no time for romance when she's working on perfecting more dangerous and spectacular stunts in the air.

Nothing But Sky is a quick read that is paced well.  There is always another challenge facing Grace and she refuses to be thwarted.  In fact, she's so determined that maybe she needs to do a little soul-searching. Awful things happen, and it seems all hope of competing is lost. And with a surprising twist, the romance may be over too.

The ending is sweet and satisfying, even if it relies on a bit of luck. Teens who enjoy historical settings with one of the most determined women I've read about will enjoy Nothing But Sky.

Published by Flux, March 27, 2018
ARC obtained from School Library Connection Magazine
284 pages

Rating: 4/5

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  1. Never heard of this. Sounds exciting. I think I need to check this one out

  2. Strong (and interesting) historical women are always good fodder for a YA book!

  3. This one sounds excellent. I'm definitely going to check it out. I've never read a book about barnstorming. So intriguing!


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