The Girl Who Walked on Air by Emma Carroll

Oh, this is a super book and confirms (as if needed) that I love Emma Carroll’s stories. This is Emma’s second novel; her first, Frost Hollow Hall, was nominated for the Branford Boase Award last year and was one of my favourites of the whole list. As I said then, it is the best kind of old-fashioned storytelling, and that is without doubt a compliment.
The Girl Who Walked on Air is another exciting adventure, with secrets to uncover and challenges to meet and adversity to conquer. In Louie we have another bold hero, who dares to dream and face up to the world even when she’s scared and alone. She is a showstopper, no mistake.

The first chapter is a grabber – we are right in the heart of the circus with all its drama, magic and danger. We meet ringmaster Ned, circus owner Mr Chipchase and his daughter Kitty, Jasper the trapeze artist, and Pip, Louie’s faithful dog. And the scene is set for Louie’s campaign to be a showstopper to begin in earnest.
Blondin carrying his manager
I enjoyed the story hugely, and loved all the bits about Blondin and Niagara Falls. Tightrope walking looks so impossible and impressive, I find it really quite enthralling. Keeping on the funambulist theme for a mo, Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann has Philippe Petit’s daring Twin Towers walk at its heart and is worth reading for the opening section about that escapade alone.

Back to The Girl Who Walked on Air… brilliant book, gorgeous cover, totally recommended! And if you love Emma Carroll as much as me you’ll no doubt be thrilled that it’s not long to wait until her third book is published. In Darkling Wood is out in July – the cover is another absolute stunner, designed by the same person as for The Girl Who Walked on Air, Julian de Narvaez. There’s a sneak peek on Emma’s website here.

The Girl Who Walked on Air is published in paperback, by Faber & Faber. I bought my copy from a bookshop.

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