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But today I dream of falling...into the crowd of God-struck people. The pale leaves of their faces tilt up and their white limbs rise to catch me as I am passed among the river of their hands, one to another, am kept by them, am kept. -- from "Walking on Air"

It is the Depression in America, 1931. Twelve-year-old June is a tightrope walker. Performing in her preacher father
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Hardcover, 233 pages
Published March 23rd 2004 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Connie  Kuntz
Nov 21, 2014 Connie Kuntz rated it liked it
Walking on Air takes place in 1931, during the depths of the Great Depression. June narrates. She is a 12 year old down-to-earth girl who can walk on tightropes and quote the Scripture like some kind of spiritual savant.

Alfred, her pa, is an extreme preacher. You know the kind: supremely stubborn and obsessed with saving souls. He's a book banner, child slapping sexist. He is as ineffective at saving souls as he is at saving money.

Pa moves June and her Ma from state to state, making new enemies
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NannaMae
Nov 18, 2016 NannaMae rated it liked it
The book seemed to jump around a lot. Like at one point June’s dad is arrested for six months and the next day they're able to find a house. Also, the description said it takes place during the Great Depression but, never really mentioned the Great Depression in it. Also, the main charcter, June, never seemed to age even though it took place probably over more than a year.

The book also has many great things about it though. For example, the characters are easy to follow even though June moves ar
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Megan M.
Jul 08, 2008 Megan M. rated it really liked it
I liked this book very much. It was about how poor this family is, but how they make it through everything. Apparently they are going through the time of Depression in America. Anyway, this girl, June, is a tightrope walker who performs for the audience while her father preaches about God. They do this to make a living. All the while, they travel to diff. states, the father, June, her mother, and this man named Rhett who doesn't talk. Times get really hard and June questions herself on whether s ...more
Annebella
Apr 04, 2008 Annebella rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
This beautifully written book is about a girl walking the tightrope in her father's travelling evangelical show. It's about being an artist and about finding your own god in a world where religion is used to control others. The bible is woven through in a witty way.
Victoria
Dec 26, 2007 Victoria rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teens
Shelves: ya
eh, nothing special
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