Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 - Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2014, 14-16 age category - One of our Must Reads of 2013 Shot through with danger as adolescence can be, this is a powerful coming of age novel which combines dark realities with optimism and naivety. When Iris’s mother takes off on a road trip, things at home begin to fall apart. The arrival of a family of travellers close by sets off a chain of events which leads to tragedy. But Iris sees Trick and his family differently; she knows he isn’t the boy his is made out to be. But, when everything spirals out of control, will she ever be able to feel the same about him? Beautifully written, this is a poignant story of young love from a talented new author.
A Piece of Passion from the Editor, Venetia Gosling
INFINITE SKY is one of the books I’m most excited about publishing next year. Simply and beautifully written, it’s the heart-breaking story of the summer Iris experiences love and loss for the first time.
When Iris’s mum leaves home, her brother, Sam, goes off the rails and her dad is left trying to hold it all together. So when a family of travellers sets up camp illegally in front of their farm, it’s the catalyst for a stand-off that can only end in disaster. But to 13-year-old Iris, it’s all an adventure. She secretly strikes up a friendship with the gypsy boy, Trick, and discovers that home can be something as simple as a carved out circle in a field full of corn…
Starting as it ends, with a funeral, INFINITE SKY keeps us guessing about the identity of the boy Iris is left mourning – is it her tearaway brother, Sam, or Trick, her tentative new boyfriend? The conclusion is devastating, and will make you cry. A stunning read from a really talented new author -whose writing reminds me of early Meg Rosoff and David Almond - this is a book to fall in love with. I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Infinite Sky a small number of teenagers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here’s a taster from one of the reviews. “C J Flood weaves an intricate basket carrying the soul of the story, in a thought provoking yet natural way..." Scroll down to read the rest of this review and all the reader reviews.
A truly beautiful book about the summer that changed one girl's life, as her mum leaves home, travellers set up camp in the family's field, her older brother goes off the rails, and she falls in love for the very first time. Opening with a funeral, Iris is mourning the boy in the casket - but who is it? Sam, her tearaway brother, or Trick, her tentative boyfriend? Over one long hot summer, we find out just how their three lives were turned upside-down.
We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review Infinite Sky. You can read their reviews below....
Alice D'Angelo - C J Flood weaves an intricate basket carrying the soul of the story, in a thought provoking yet natural way, bringing up subjects that are so often avoided... Click here to read the full review.
Safiyah (15) It is un-put-down-able and thrilling book, perfect for readers who enjoy a good plot and interesting characters. Click here to read the full review.
Chloe Sheehan This book is a heart-wrenching novel it has many twists and turns and leaves you hungry for more. Click here to read the full review.
Heather Cranmer The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl ...a sweet coming of age story that is beautifully written and tugs at your heartstrings... should be a future classic. Click here to read the full review.
Izzy Read Wow. A mixture of love and family with a harsh kick of reality. It really is an outstanding read Click here to read the full review.
Eloise Greenberry I can truthfully say that I haven’t read a book as good as this in a while and I am sure it will be a while before I read a book as good as this again... Click here to read the full review.
Emily Gleave I found the book really interesting, and quite hard to put down ... Click here to read the full review.
Ayesha Afghan Infinite sky is a truly magnificent book that is filled with love, anger and adventure!... Click here to read the full review.
Katy Poulter This book isn’t one that I would usually pick but I enjoyed it so much that I found it hard to put down, resulting in many late nights and tired mornings ... Click here to read the full review.
Tanyth Haywood One is thrust straight into the raw pain, anger, frustration and confusion of a family in deep crisis.... Click here to read the full review.
Fabbiha Choudhury This unconventional love story - so different from the many love stories written for teenagers - will have young adults everywhere dreaming of the love shared between two unlikely people and will keep you hooked right to the painfully shattering end. ... Click here to read the full review.
Publication date: 04/07/2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
|Publication date:||14th February 2013|
|Author:||C. J. Flood|
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Childrens Books|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Debuts of the Month, eBooks|
C. J. Flood was born in Derby. She studied English Literature at Falmouth College of Art, and graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia where she won the Curtis Brown Award. Her debut novel, Infinite Sky, won the 2014 Branford Boase Award, and was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Nightwanderers is her second novel. Chelsey lives in Bristol where she lectures in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.More About C. J. Flood
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