Harley in the Sky
Harley in the Sky

Harley in the Sky

Written by Akemi Dawn Bowman
12 - 18
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Apr 6, 2021
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“Earnest, poetic.” –Booklist “Raw, engaging.” –Kirkus Reviews The Greatest Showman meets This Is Us by way of Sarah Dessen in this heart-wrenching, hopeful contemporary novel about a multiracial teen who risks it all to follow her dreams by joining the circus, from the award-winning author of Starfish. Harley Milano has dreamed of becoming a trapeze artist for as long as she can remember. With parents who run a famous circus in Las Vegas, she spends almost every night in the big top watching their lead aerialist perform, wishing with all her heart and soul that she would be up there herself one day. After a huge fight with her parents, who continue to insist she go to school instead, Harley leaves home, betrays her family, and joins the rival traveling circus Maison du Mystère. There, she is thrust into a world that is both brutal and beautiful, where she learns the value of hard work, passion, and collaboration. At the same time, Harley must come to terms with the truth of her family and her past–and reckon with the sacrifices she made and the people she hurt in order to follow her dreams. From award-winning author Akemi Dawn Bowman comes a luminous, unforgettable examination of love, loyalty, and the hard choices we must make to find where we truly belong.

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    Book Details

    Publication Date
    April 6, 2021
    Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Page Count
    Young Adult
    Reading Age
    12 - 18 years
    Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
    Lexile® Level
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