We Walked the Sky by Lisa Fiedler

We Walked the Sky

A 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 tamers, roustabouts, and trapeze artists, Victoria hopes to start a better life.Fifty ...

Details We Walked the Sky

TitleWe Walked the Sky
Release DateJul 2nd, 2019
GenreYoung Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews We Walked the Sky

  • 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. 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
    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 fam...
  • 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 a...
  • Emma (Miss Print)
    I'm not sure why this didn't work for me. Is it that I wanted a different book than the one that the author delivered? Is it that I wasn't in the right mood? Hard to say. Might come back to it if it ends up having legs come book award season but for now it's just a book with lovely writing and a story that felt a little too familiar for me to spend more time on.
  • Laura
    Had this book focused solely on Victoria’s life with the circus, I probably would have enjoyed it more, and thus rated it higher. I just could not get into Callie’s storyline. Her Grandmother was much more interesting, which is why I wanted more from that story. The ending felt a bit strange to me as well. The book just wasn’t what I expected. Still decent, but I had higher hopes.
  • Melanie Charles
    I feel so conflicted about this book. There were things about it that I connected to, and I really enjoyed the first half of the book. The circus is fascinating to read about. But I felt like the story lost it’s way in the second half. There was also some content that I wasn’t comfortable reading. So for those reasons I’m giving it a lower rating.
  • Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
    This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd Actual Rating: 3.5 MY THOUGHTS 1965: Victoria's mother is dying and she's being abused by her father. When the circus comes to town, she takes her chance and asks for a job, creating a new life for herself. Now: Callie is a tightrope-walker at her family circus, at least, she was until her mom decides to move her and Callie to an animal sanctuary. Both Victoria and Callie think that their ...
  • Rachel Marie
    I really wanted to love We Walked the Sky— and I did love parts of it. On the whole, I would recommend this book, but it is probably not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. This novel is a YA multigenerational story following Victoria and Callie, a grandmother and granddaughter, and their lives in relation to the VanDrexel Family Circus. Victoria’s story is historical fiction, while Callie’s is contemporary, taking place in the present.I a...
  • Shauna Yusko
    Yes!Wished the audio had two narrators and not one, but I really enjoyed this book.Felt a little like Midnight at the Electric meets Water for Elephants.
  • Liz
    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 throu...
  • Janssen
    Fine but unmemorable. Definitely not the "This is Us" that was promised. . .
  • Amy
    If you love the circus, this is definitely a book for you.
  • Toni
    I really liked the writing of this novel. I think it borders on adult for me..not young adult due to the amount of F-bombs and adult subject matter (domestic violence, adultery, manslaughter, unwed pregnancy, premarital sex, alcoholism). It covers these topics in an intriguing and positive way but the fact that is covers them all in a young adult book makes me cautious about which youth to suggest it too.
  • Lindsey
    I wanted sooooo much more from this book. It really let me down. But that cover is to die for.
  • Emily Young
    I am always a sucker for a story about the circus. I loved the style of this book - switching between a girl who ran away to the circus in 1965, and her granddaughter in present day. The light romance was sweet and captivating, but all in all this is a fantastic “mothers and daughters” story.
  • Tori
    There are no words on how good this book is...i have an 18 month old child and i was reading it while it fed him dinner. It was that good. My favorite book of 2019. This is one of those books that you take with you on a desert island to enjoy. Great book. I hope she writes more like this.
  • Andrew
    I'm very picky about dual-timeline books, but We Walked the Sky is a stunning, shining example of how to make it intriguing and coherent. In the present day, Calliope is frustrated by her mother putting down roots for them at an animal sanctuary, after growing up in the circus business. Several decades in the past, we also join the circus with Victoria, Callie's grandmother, and her only chance to escape from an abusive home. The way their storie...
  • Halie
    I really wish I could give this book a higher rating- but I’ll explain. This book is about two people- Catherine Hastings, who lives in the 1960’s, and her granddaughter, Calliope. Unable to physically be with her granddaughter, Catherine offers wisdom to Calliope in the form of little life lessons jotted down on whatever paper she could lay her hands on. Catherine is a girl desperate to escape her home, due to her abusive father. Encouraged...
  • Mandy
    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 a...
  • Finley
    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 tha...
  • ahopelessreader
    More of a 3.5, rounded up to a four. Review to come when I'm at my computer.So. Here we are. The review of We Walked the Sky. I first saw this book when I was browsing Barnes and Noble, and the cover immediately hooked me. I mean, look at it. When I read that it had to do with a circus family, I was even more excited. Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE a good circus aesthetic, and I thought it would be cool to see one in the past, and at least...
  • Tess (Book_Voyage)
    This book is phenomenal. It is one of the best books I have ever read by far. This multigenerational story follows Victoria Davis (neé Catherine Hastings) on her newfound life at the circus and finding her life’s passion. The story also follows Victoria’s granddaughter, Calliope VanDrexel on figuring out her life after leaving the circus. Catherine Hastings runs away from her horrible home life to join the circus, figuring she will leave onc...
  • Paisley K
    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 VanDrexe...
  • Tressie
    *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 alterna...
  • Janet
    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 sevent...
  • Grace (Lost girl of neverland)
    CW: Abusive parent, harmed animal, death of an animal, death of a loved one‘We Walked the Sky’ follows Victoria as she runs away to the circus to get away from her abusive father in 1965. Cut to present day we then follow Cali, Victoria’s granddaughter, who’s moved with her mother to an animal sanctuary away from the circus after her grandmother’s death. Told in alternating timelines, we find out more about each of their lives and what ...
  • The Keepers of the Books
    In 1965, Catherine Hastings leaves her abusive father to join the circus as Victoria. With no money or things to her name except her mother’s Cartier broach, her adventure begins as a plan to escape to Texas. As she learns the ropes of the VanDrexel’s family circus, she begins to fall in love, not just with the circus and walking the high wire, but with James, the circus owner's son. Fast forward to the present. When her mom, Quinn, moves the...
  • Candy
    I really enjoyed reading this book. Give it a try. A wonderful YA historical fiction about a young girl that leaves home to join the circus and becomes a tightrope walker ... "I am an athlete, an artist, a magician, an angel, a daredevil, a dancer in the sky". This takes confidence and purpose. And then there is James the lion tamer.The book has a lot to say about "mothers and daughters" since you also meet Victoria's (Catherine) daughter Quinn a...