Feb 1, 2015

The Girl Who Walked on Air by Emma Carroll


Louie, who was abandoned at Chipchase's Travelling Circus as a baby, dreams of becoming a 'Showstopper', but Mr Chipchase keeps her hidden, tucked away in the ticket booth. No Death-Defying Stunts for her. But Louie has been secretly practising her act; the tightrope and dreams of being the Girl Who Walked on Air - she just needs to be given the chance to shine.
And the circus needs her too - Wellbeloved's rival show is stealing their crowds. They need a Showstopper. Desperate, Mr Chipchase reluctantly lets Louie perform. She is a sensation, and gets an offer from the sinister Mr Wellbeloved himself to perform . . . over Niagara Falls. But nothing is quite as it seems and soon Louie's bravery is tested not just on the highwire but in confronting her past and the shady characters in the world of the circus . . .
Fans of Frost Hollow Hall will love this epic adventure about following your dreams and becoming a showstopper!


Louie is a member of Chipchase's Travelling Circus. Her mother left her with them when she was a baby and she's never come back. Louie never has the feeling of really belonging with someone. Mr. Chipchase doesn't want her to perform in the circus and when he finally has no other choice he lets her do the most horrible act, denying her the thing she's so good at. She should have been the showstopper, but he hasn't made her one. Louie's very good at walking the tightrope and she can do almost anything on it. She's felt one with the rope for a very long time and she has no fear. Her role at Chipchase's circus and the constant feeling of never being appreciated for who she really is finally drive her into the hands of the rivaling circus of Mr. Wellbeloved. He does want Louie to perform on the tightrope and he even has much bigger plans for her than being a showstopper alone. Is she actually better off with him or will there be a catch?
Louie is such a sweet and brave girl, but she's troubled. She's angry with her mother for leaving her and doesn't want to talk about her at all. She wants to have a family, but to be happy with what she has she has a battle to fight first. I loved reading about the circus and the feeling of doing something dangerous day after day. There was a great, exciting cliffhanger and I liked it a lot. I couldn't stop reading until I knew what would happen to Louie.
The author has done a terrific job with this story. Every character has been so fabulously portrayed, which made the story come to life really well. That made it entertaining and a joy to read. The Girl Who Walked on Air is a fabulous book about chances, challenges, a passion for something you're good at and love for your family and friends. This is actually a children's book, but I think a lot of adults will enjoy it very much as well.

I bought this book from a gift card I received for Christmas.

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