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We Walked the Sky

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  23 reviews
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.

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 t
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Razorbill
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Hannah Greendale
I am an athlete, an artist, a magician. An angel, a daredevil, a dancer in the sky.

🌟 THIS BOOK HAS AWARD-WINNER WRITTEN ALL OVER IT. 🌟
Teresa
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a slow start for me; I don't know why but once I found the rhythm of the voice I fell in love with the story. Told from a grandmother, Victoria, and her granddaughter, Callie, it focuses on what is important to these two woman while growing up in the circus.
Victoria runs away from a horrible home life to join the circus, figuring she will leave when she is far from home. What she finds in the circus isn't just joy and love but a family that cares for her just as deeply as she cares
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Namrata
I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS NOVEL TO COME OUT! I've been really hyped about it ever since.
Ally (The Nature of Pages)
The vintage feel of Victoria's perspective adds so much to the story. In the wake of my The Greatest Showman obsession, this felt like nostalgia and a hug all wrapped up into one book. I adored Victoria's parts of the book and eagerly waited to see what was next.

We Walked the Sky is an absolute piece of art. ART, I tell you!From Victoria's whimsical dreams of freedom and Callie's longing for her place she calls home, the book is a siren song to all who know what it feels like to dream of adventu
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Liz
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Who would have thought that a book about an abused girl running off to join the circus would turn out to be such a great read? This story had a lot to it. The characters (Catherine/Victoria, Callie, Jenna and all the rest ... including the animals) created such a warm and supportive environment that I couldn't keep a smile off my face as I read. I also thought it was an interesting way to present the advice from grandmother to granddaughter through the messages left on scraps of paper. We can al ...more
Finley
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways, favorites
I received an advanced reader’s copy of this novel for free from Razorbill through a giveaway hosted on GoodReads.

“If you find it, then it’s meant to be.” That, along with the many other lessons written down by Victoria Van Drexel, and later found by her granddaughter Callie, is the driving force behind Lisa Fielder’s We Walked The Sky Told in alternating viewpoints, it tells the story of two generations of young women as they learn that life does not always go as you plan, but that where you en
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Tess (Book_Voyage)
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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Janet
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019ng, kindle

I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

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 uns
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Paisley K
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition



Sixteen-year-old Catherine Hastings despises her home life. The year is 1965– because of this, there’s no one Catherine can turn to when her socialite father secretly abuses herself and her sickly mother. One day, a carnival rolls into town; following her mother’s last words, Catherine flees the proper, painful world of her father and takes on the unknown head-first. Going by the alias Victoria Davis, she is quickly swept up in the VanDrexel Family Circus– a place of dazzling costumes, exotic a
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Tressie
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received an Advanced Reader Copy through my work, at a library.*

**This review contains possible spoilers**

If you liked The Greatest Show, you'll love this book. Full of lots of fun circus stories, interesting characters, and enticing story lines. Written in the style of split time, Calliope, or Callie, lives in current times Florida, after being pulled from the life she knew in the circus, while her grandmother's story is being told in alternating chapters, but when the grandmother is Callie'
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Mandy
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
“The music swells, she spins pliés, making it look easy. But it’s not easy, and that , I realize, is what makes the circus the circus – doing what’s difficult and making it look simple. It’s the presence of that one thing I’ve never had but always needed and didn’t even know I was missing.
Magic.
And suddenly, I’m no longer afraid.”

This book is told through two perspectives: Victoria’s (the grandmother) via 1965 and Callie’s (the granddaughter) via present day. I absolutely LOVED Vic
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Olivia
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Terina Atkins
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We Walked the Sky by Lisa Fiedler
Oh my! Absolutely adored this book! For fans of Water for Elephants and the Greatest Showman, here is your next read in YA form. We Walked the Sky is a multi-generational story which flips between present day Callie and her grandmother Victoria as a teen in 1965. Perfectly woven together, we are told the story of a young teen escaping abuse by running away and hitching a ride with the circus and teen who would do anything to go back to the circus she loves. Victo
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Julia Shaw
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
It was fine. *spoiler alert* *sort of—can this book really have spoilers when you basically know the plot from page one and there’s no suspense/surprise?* Anyway, I just finished and feel disproportionately annoyed that they choose to burn a lifetime of Victoria’s scrapbook-lessons and sell her brooch, but hold onto the urn? If you’re sentimental enough to keep her ashes, then you’re probably sentimental enough to want to hold onto her letters and lifetime of memories...no? Seems like that would ...more
KathyNV
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
“We Walked the Sky” is an enchanting story within a story. With the circus as a backdrop Lisa Fiedler weaves a moving tale of two generations of women searching for a place to call home. The challenges are different but the deep seeded need is the same. The characters and the story are wonderfully woven together and the story is moving and uplifting. Family is not always found where you expect it but “Home is Everything”. Thanks to both Penguin Teen and Goodreads for the opportunity to read this ...more
Vera
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is absolutely beautiful! It alternates perspectives between the past and the present, between a grandmother as a teen and her granddaughter at the same age years later. The interweaving of the storylines is incredibly well done, and I loved both girls’ stories. The book explores themes of abuse, complex family dynamics, relationships, love, and, ultimately, the meaning of home and belonging.

A truly beautiful read for its intended YA audience and adult readers as well!

Thank you to Peng
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Kate
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A wonderful #YA multi-generational story about growing up and finding where you 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 adult readers would enjoy too.

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Nicole Dreibelbeis
I absolutely loved the 1965 storyline of Victoria joining the circus, just wished it was developed more and a bit longer. The present day storyline was not as compelling to me. Still a really enjoyable and fast read.
Bel
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this very much. A great generational read with some super highs and lows. I can’t wait to sell it at the shop in the Summer.
Addison
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's pretty good. Not my favorite book but you will enjoy it.
Lorienne Brown
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely fell head over heels in love with this book! From the very first page it truly captivates and pulls you into a tragic but beautiful story.
Sara Rishforth
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book grabbed my attention from page one. Lisa Fiedler takes you on a trip to the circus filled with animals and a cast of characters, fierce about their jobs and family. Told in a dual story format, I found my daydreams filled with the smell of fresh popcorn and me sitting front row in the big top tent. It's a wonderfully written novel with an engaging story....perfect summer read!
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