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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books (4 July 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0857078038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857078032
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I live in Bristol where I am writing my second book. For more information and news, check out my blog: cjflood.blogspot.co.uk

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Chelsey Flood is 29 and a graduate of the the UEA Creative Writing MA. She is a member of the Lucky 13 writers group, and has already won several prizes and awards for her writing. Infinite Sky is her debut novel, and she is currently working on a second book. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 May 2013
Format: Hardcover
4.5 stars

Ever since her mum left Iris's family has been falling apart, her dad has been drinking too much and her brother Sam has become angry and withdrawn. Iris is only 13 years old but she is the one who is trying to hold them together, she does her best to take care of the house and cook for them all but it isn't easy and she's left feeling sad and alone. The day a family of travellers move onto their land changes everything, her father and Sam are both angry and want the travellers gone but Iris can't help but be curious about them. As she secretly gets to know Trick she realises that her family's prejudices against him aren't true and they form a close friendship that helps them both through some difficult times. As tensions increase between the two families Iris and Trick are caught in the middle but when tragedy strikes who will be the last one standing?

Infinite Sky is the kind of book that doesn't come along very often, one of those stories that touches your heart and will make you shed a few tears but that will also make you smile along the way. It's very clear from the prologue that something terrible has happened, Iris is at the funeral of someone she is close to but you are given no indication of who it is that died. The story then begins several months earlier and you spend the summer watching Iris blossom from a child into a young adult as she falls in love for the first time. At the back of your mind you always know that something bad is coming but that sense of foreboding doesn't make the journey any less enjoyable, in fact I think it is what makes this quite such an addictive read.

I don't want to go into much more detail about the story because I think it is a book that needs to be savoured and is best read with as little knowledge as possible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Noyes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 April 2013
Format: Hardcover
This seems to be part of a growing trend in young adult fiction for tales where a young character dies.
We find out on the first page there has been a death but only find out who at the end. The journey of Iris over one summer, as her family struggle to cope with the absence of their (travelling, free-spirited) mother and the arrival of a family of travellers on their land.
I enjoyed the exploration of Iris and her brother as they miss their mother, but didn't find her budding relationship with the traveller boy Trick very realistic (it seemed to come about all of a sudden).
Still, the ill feeling towards the travellers is scary, nasty and all-too-real and the denouement shocking and very sad. Especially as you may feel ambivalent towards the 'victim'.
A good YA dramatic story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sparkster on 19 Mar. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Infinite Sky is a confident, beguiling debut about a thirteen-year-old girl called Iris and a summer that changes everything. Deceptively simple prose conceals a lyricism and eye for the telling detail that make this novel immensely rewarding on a sentence-by-sentence basis. But behind the cosy bucolic idyll lies something far darker - prejudice, violence, and the traumatic adolescent realisation that perhaps the adults don't have all the answers either.

I motored through this novel - it's a real page-turner, the plot moving at a fair old clip as we discover the fates of Iris, her traveller boyfriend Trick, and Sam, her troubled brother. As with all my favourite stories, I wasn't quite sure how I felt about each of the characters by the end - even minor players feel rounded, complicated, human. I get through a couple of books a week, and this has been one of the best I've read in the past year. Highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Cardozo on 11 Feb. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Sometimes a book comes along and fills a hole in your heart that you never knew existed. For me most recently, that book was Infinite Sky by CJ Flood, which I was lucky enough to read well in advance of its publication date. I was really attracted to the cover of the book and was expecting to read a cute story of a girl finding love over the course of a summer.

But, happily, when I started reading Infinite Sky, it turned out to be so much more than just a simple story of a boy and a girl. It's also a story about family and loyalty and secrets. I think the thing I loved the most about the book is how beautifully written it is. I am amazed that this is CJ Flood's debut novel and it makes me very excited for what she will write next...

Infinite Sky tells the story of one summer that changes everything for Iris, a 13 year old girl with quite a bit going on in her family life. Her mum's up and left to live in Tunisia. Her dad's a bit of an alcoholic and her brother is so angry all the time. When a group of travellers sets up camp behind their house, Iris finds herself curious about them, despite the things her dad and brother say about them, and makes friends with Trick. But it's only so long before tensions build-up between Iris's family and the travellers that kicks off into something far more serious.

Right from the first page, I loved and was rooting for Iris. She hasn't got an easy time of it and she really struggles between listening to her father who forbids it or of forging her own path and befriending these travellers. And Iris and Trick are quite sweet together, finding a place where they can be apart from the problems between their two families and talk to each other about bugs and life and each other.
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