Book: We Own the Sky (2022)
Author: Rodman Philbrick
Genre: MG, Historical 
Opening lines from the book …
Aside from the priest and the gravediggers, me and my sister, Jo, are the only ones to witness our dear mother, Eva Morin Michaud, being lowered into her grave. Papa having perished in a mill accident some years previously, the hard, hard loss of our mama makes us orphans.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK…
1) I liked the brother and sister combo (Davy and Jo) as they navigate their new life as orphans. Fortunately, a distant cousin comes into the story to whisk them away to join her flying circus.
2) The flying circus is SUCH an interesting setting. Davy gets to sell popcorn and even gets his own stint as the popular Donkey Boy, much to the audience’s delight. As for Jo, she dreams of walking the wings in the airshow. I loved the cook, Mrs. M and Ruthie and the Captain and all of them.
3) The danger of the flying tricks will make you wonder when an accident is going to take place in the book. Well, hold on to your seats. There are some near misses and … well, no spoilers!
4) The flying isn’t the only danger featured in the book. Even though this story takes place in Maine, there is the danger of the Ku Klux Klan. Who would have known?! Apparently, this is a historical fact and, while they didn’t have so many Black people to target, they instead targeted the French/Italians Catholics among others. (This book has a good historical note at the end.)
5) I really like the book cover! At first glance, all you’ll definitely notice is the plane and the boy running at sunset. (And yeah, you’ll notice the wingwalker!) And then, in the lower left corner … you’ll see them. The KKK. But you might not notice until later.
This was an exciting book. I particularly like reading historical fiction, and this was something that I hadn’t previously known much about. Especially the stuff about the KKK in Maine! Highly recommend this book.
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
Note: I’m posting this for Greg Pattridge’s Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday…