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Nothing But Sky

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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
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Published March 27th 2018 by Flux
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Paul Falk
Amy Trueblood took me on a whirlwind adventure of barnstorming post World War 1. It was the Roaring Twenties. Time of speakeasies, home run King Babe Ruth and silent movie star Douglas Fairbanks. From chapter to chapter, the compelling tale remained focused, never straying from the storyline. There were no digressions to different scenes or time periods. A welcome relief being easily swept away in a narrative so easy to follow. The main characters were well drawn out. The author set me back in m ...more
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
This novel is simply darling!

Nostalgically set in the 1920’ Midwest USA, Grace, a spunky female barnstorming girl ahead of her time, will make your heart soar.

Grace is part of “The Soaring Eagles” barnstorming team. Although she is only 18 years old, she is all daredevil up in the sky when she performs her stunts in 500 feet above the ground. She knows her biplane “Jenny” inside and out. Her uncle Warren has taught her all the mechanics involved and the tricks of the trade.

Warren and his niece
Kate (beautifulbookland)
I am so pleased that I was accepted for this book on NetGalley. It's a complete gem, and it makes me want to go out and splurge on loads of historical fiction novels.

Amy Trueblood's writing is so addictive. It is completely immersive; there were times where I felt like I could hear the sounds of soft jazz music and smell cigar smoke. Amy did a truly wonderful job of transporting me to 1920s America.

The story follows Grace, a wingwalker who is determined to make a name for both herself and for
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historic
The story follows Grace, who is a wingwalker, which means she does tricks on airplane wings while it’s in the air. I was immediately impressed by her daring but also by her character. She is, in many ways, ahead of her time. WWI just ended and wingwalking is not exactly the most common job for a young woman to have. But despite everything, she still gets on that plane, because she wants to and she loves it. She’s strong, independent and fierce and I loved that about her.

“Men loved to use their h
Cindy ✩☽♔
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was something completely unexpected and wonderful. While it somehow manages to be under 300 pages it never feels rushed, in fact, I quite enjoyed the pacing.

*Detailed review to Come*
Joshualyn Prater
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. So thank you netgalley and publishers.
This story is about wing walking, Not only was this just an amazing book but my great grandparents were wing walkers so this story was extra special for me ♡ It's also not something that people write a lot about, so this was very well done and I want to say a big thank you to the author for telling such a beautiful story but also giving life to my ancestors and what they might have don
Jennifer Blackwood
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review to come closer to release. Loved Grace and Henry <3 Trueblood's writing is beautiful and I can't wait for everyone to read this book!! ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Grace is a wing walker for a barnstorming team and she only feels truly alive when she's 500 feet in the air. She is determined to prove her team's skill against other flashier teams by getting into the World Aviation Expo, and earn a coveted Hollywood contract. No one has questioned the reasons behind the death defying stunts she performs until Henry, a kind and loyal young man scarred from his tour of duty on Great War battlefie
The Captain
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ahoy there me mateys! I received this young adult historical fiction eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .

The beautiful cover led me to looking into this one. It is about a female barnstormer in the roaring twenties. What is a barnstormer ye ask? Well a barnstorming act is basically a flying circus. The pilots do aerial tricks and sell airplane rides. Some of these acts had wing-walkers, like Lillian Boyer, who would do car-to-plane transfers, w
Carlisa Cramer
A beautiful historical fiction. I'm excited for the world to get to see this one! ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Update: Started re-reading this and enjoyed it a little less than the first time around, so I'm lowering my rating to 2.5-3 stars. I'm also just on the verge of getting out of a slump, so since this was dragging I've decided to put off finishing this book for now so I don't put myself back into a slump before I'm even properly out of one. Still recommend it for those who enjoy historical fiction though!


Netgalley, thank you again!

4 stars.


I've not read anything like this before, but I lov
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written and researched historical novel. The time period, setting, and world of barnstorming are presented meticulously, while the story and characters carry you along. Recommended!
A.J. Pine
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was super lucky to read an early copy of Nothing But Sky and cannot wait for it to be out in the world. I adore Grace, Henry, and basically everything about this book.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The best book I have ever read!!
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of the 1920's era. The clothes, the glitz and glam, the wish to have fun and enjoy life after a devastating war; thinking of that vibe alone transports me to Hollywood or New York. But this was a different kind of setting for that era, being Lincoln, Nebraska. Not some place I particularly want to visit, but an enchanting setting for a fantastic historical novel.

My experience with the term 'barnstorming' is limited. AKA the goofy themed Barnstormer coaster at Walt Disney World. Ne
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
The one thing I really, really hated about this book was that I really want to love it instead. It's a story about an 18 year old stunt performer in the 1920's who walks on planes for a living, this should be one of my favourites of 2018. Unfortunately it was bogged down by bad writing and a subpar romance plot that I just didn't care about.

I feel like romance in YA has changed and readers want the romance to be less forced and obvious. I also hate overflowery words and crap like "his lips drew
A good historical novel doesn't make you stop and want to look up things, or perhaps it does. There were several times that I wanted to know if the person in the story, that had just been introduced, was real, and was pleased when I found out they were. That is the best kind of historical novel, to me, spinning in real events, around your fictional story.

This is a story about wing-walking and barnstorming. These are feats done by men and women after the first world war, hanging from bi-planes, w
Kim Chance
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely ADORED this gorgeous debut by Amy Trueblood! I'm a HUGE fan of historical fiction and I have a special spot in my heart for the 1920s, so I was SO excited to pick up this book! I immediately connected with Grace and her fierce, determined mindset. She is certainly no damsel in distress and I loved that about her! We need more characters like her, and personally, I wish I had her gumption!

I also made an instant connection with Trueblood's writing style. You can really tell that she
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I chose this book because I had nothing to read and now that I finished it I can say it was one of my favorites of this year. I’m a lot into aviation so I also knew this historical novel was for me.

I found barnstorming – I’d never heard of that – a very interesting way to attract readers like me and I also can say it was a good choice to focus the story. The characters were well constructed and I saw an evolution on each of them. I absolutely loved Grace and all her thoughts because she’s a str
Joanna Meyer
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nothing But Sky is vibrant, warm, and filled with heart. Vivid descriptions and crisp, intricate details bring the settings alive—not only could I see them, I could practically hear and taste them! Grace is plucky and passionate and fierce, one of the bravest heroines I’ve ever encountered.

Highly recommended!!
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley & Flux for providing me with a digital Arc in exchange for an honest review!

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Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

Nothing But Sky is going to be released March 27th 2018 and you should totally get your copy because this book was marvelous! Ever since I added it to my virtual TBR on Goodreads, I have been excited about the premise for this new release, so I was super happy and grateful that I got an advanced copy via Netgalley 😍 M
2.75 stars


This book had so much potential but it didn’t hit the 5 star mark for me. The characters felt underdeveloped, and the romance felt very instalovey, considering were supposed to believe Grace and Henry hate each other (or strongly dislike each other) for a period of time. It also felt like Amy Trueblood was adding in 1920s pop culture references, and real life people from the early 20s, to make it seem like she kn
Megan  (thebookishtwins)
Disclaimer: I received this free from the publishers via NetGalley

Grace Lafferty is a post-WW1 wing walker. She makes a living doing dangerous stunts 500 feet high in the sky. One mistake could mean death. Grace is determined to prove that her team is just as good, if not better, as the flashier barnstorming teams. She sets her sights on the World Aviation Expo. No one has ever questioned her ambition until the infuriating Henry Patton comes looking for a job. When Grace saves a man’s life in a
Celia McMahon
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book had me from the first chapter. Grace is the type of protagonist that I love, strong and daring, in a time when that was looked down upon. This was beautifully written, I loved the family dynamic and the love/hate romance and that it was unlike what I've been reading or ever have read.

Highly recommended.
Stephanie Elliot
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You have not met a character quite like Grace Lafferty, who is fearless, fierce, strong willed, and who doesn't conform to the norm. A wing walker who attempts daring acts on planes, she is in a business not meant for women. This story will have you 'soaring' through the pages and will take you to new 'heights.' Ha, I couldn't resist! But seriously, Grace and Henry will get under your skin in the best possible way and they will be characters you will not forget. Admittedly I am not a historical ...more
David G
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating read. Great historical details with an unexpected ending that tied up the story well. Highly recommend!
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars

Full review TK
Christina (christinareads_)
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 stars

Review also on Christina Reads and Blogs

Nothing But Sky is honestly a brilliant story. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. If you don't have it on your radar, you really need to check it out as soon as possible, because Grace's story will be staying with me for a while. In the 1920s, eighteen year-old Grace Lafferty works as a wing walker for her uncle's team, the Soaring Eagles. She performs insane stunts that grow bolder with each show in the hopes that the suspen
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
A determined eighteen-year-old female main character with a backbone of steel, and the stubborn will to succeed. For Grace, there is no glory without risk; the safe life is far too dull to even contemplate.

Told first person perspective through her eyes, when male protagonist, Henry, steps onto the scene, it’s for the reader to question through her defensive viewpoint whether his behavior and reactions are of a chivalrous hero, or of “this is a man’s world” sexist-chauvinism.

Now, I am not a fan o
Ashton Reed
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: history lovers who yearn to learn, sweet romance fans, basically everyone tbh
OMG!!!!!!! This book has made me so happy! I'm so impressed and cannot be more thankful to Amy Trueblood for blessing me with such a thrilling read!

The story centers around an AMAZING heroine named Grace Lefferty. She is one of the rising female barnstormers in the Roaring Twenties, a time when pilots from World War I decide to continue flying and pursuing their dreams in Flying Circuses. She and her team, the Soaring Eagles, are saving up for Chicago's World Aviation Expo, and the prize is a mu
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Amy Trueblood grew up in Southern California only ten minutes from Disneyland which sparked an early interest in storytelling.

Her debut, Nothing But Sky was a Spring 2018 Junior Library Guild selection. Her second novel, Across a Broken Shore, also a JLG selection, was recently selected by ALA as a 2020 Best Feminist Book in Children’s Literature and won the Gold Medal for Historical Fiction in t

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