Spin the Sky

Spin the Sky Magnolia Woodson wants nothing than to get her and her sister Rose out of the pitifully small clamming obsessed Oregon town that hates them she just doesn t know how Forced to put up with the snide

  • Title: Spin the Sky
  • Author: Jill MacKenzie
  • ISBN: 9781510706866
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Magnolia Woodson wants nothing than to get her and her sister, Rose, out of the pitifully small, clamming obsessed Oregon town that hates them she just doesn t know how Forced to put up with the snide comments and hateful looks the townspeople throw at them, Mags thinks she s destined to pay for the horrible, awful thing her mom did and that she s left her and Rose tMagnolia Woodson wants nothing than to get her and her sister, Rose, out of the pitifully small, clamming obsessed Oregon town that hates them she just doesn t know how Forced to put up with the snide comments and hateful looks the townspeople throw at them, Mags thinks she s destined to pay for the horrible, awful thing her mom did and that she s left her and Rose to deal with until the day she dies.But when a nationwide televised dance competition posts tryouts in nearby Portland, Mags s best friend, George, says they have to go and audition Not only have they spent the past fourteen years of their lives dancing side by side, dreaming of a day just like this, but also it could be Mags s chance of a lifetime a chance to win the grand prize money and get her and Rose out of Summerland, a chance to do the thing she loves most with everyone watching, a chance to show the town that she s not and has never been a no good Woodson girl, like her mother But will the competition prove too steep And will Mags be able to retain her friendship with George as they go head to head in tryouts Mags will have to learn that following her dreams may mean changing her life forever.

    One thought on “Spin the Sky”

    1. (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Skyhorse Publishing and Edelweiss.)This was a YA contemporary story about a dancer.Magnolia was an okay character, but I felt like she cared too much what other people thought of her. She was also quick to turn on her best friend when he did something wrong, and seemed to hold grudges.The storyline in this was about Magnolia and her best friend George entering a dance competition. We got some arguing and fighting and a love triangle, b [...]

    2. 3.5/ 5 starsVideo Review: youtube/watch?v=iZbpqI did have some cons but overall I was happy with my reading experience. I initially wanted to pick this book up since I have always wanted to read a book where our main character dances. I am happy to say that it is obvious Jill MacKenzie has a background in dance since she portrayed it so accurately. I also enjoyed how she handled the dance competition aspect of the novel since I haven't read any book with one featured in it. The way she wrote the [...]

    3. SPIN THE SKY is a wonderfully intense novel. Set against the backdrop of a small town on the shore, the story follows Mags, a talented young dancer trying to live in the shadow of her mother's flaws and mistakes. In a town turned against her and her sister, Mags struggles to find her place in the world and as a dancer. It's an incredibly tight novel, and it portrays the struggles and difficulties of Mags life without pulling punches - which makes it ring all the more true.

    4. Jill Mackenzie's lyrical prose dances across the page and leaps into your heart. Magnolia is funny, flawed, driven, and every bit as real as a young-adult heroine should be. SPIN THE SKY made me want to get up and dance, but I couldn't bring myself to put it down! A truly inspiring debut about personal identity and overcoming your past by taking a blind leap into your future.

    5. (I received a copy from Edelweiss, In exchange for an honest review.)The characters were okay, but there wasn't any that I loved.This wasn't a bad read, but it wasn't one I can say I enjoyed either. Despite the book being a quick read, there were parts in it that dragged for me. There wasn't really that much going on, and it took a massive chunk of the book just for the main character to dance for the show! Overall, An okay read.

    6. This gripping tale of a girl who longs to shed the shadow of her mother's reputation will dance its way straight into your heart as Magnolia learns about loving herself and knowing when to let go. Spin the Sky is a powerful, triumphant debut!Don't miss this one!

    7. See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher.Diversity Rating: 2 - It's a Start!Racial-Ethnic: 1 (identities unclear; I think Rio is black and Magnolia is biracial?)QUILTBAG: 0 (a few queer characters, but the book is seriously biphobic)Disability: 1 (Mags's mom is a drug addict but only appears in the book via flashbacks)Intersectionality: 1 (Mags and her sister are pretty poor)Dance remains an underappreciated art and it's an especially difficult one to [...]

    8. Magnolia has always enjoyed living in Summerland, but the inhabitants of the town aren't friendly any longer because of something her mother has done. Magnolia and her sister Rose were left behind by their mother and the siblings have to deal with the hate for her actions on a daily basis. She only has one good friend left, George. Magnolia is a skilled dancer and George encourages her to audition for Live to Dance, a nationwide television show. Magnolia wants to win, so the people of Summerland [...]

    9. Spin the Sky is an exquisite book written with beautiful, lyrical sentences that beg you to literally read them over and over again. I'm a sucker for both setting and language when it comes to books, and this one satisfied my soul with both.Magnolia is tired of her small town and the unfortunate legacy her mother left behind. Desperate to change the course of her life and make something of herself, she enters a reality dance competition and wins a spot on the show. While I've never personally da [...]

    10. Less a story about dance than it is about small-town small-mindedness, I think. Magnolia and her sister have been ostracised since their mother was involved in a girl's death, butally they've been ostracised much longer, or if not ostracised then at least written off. It's not the whole town, but it's enough. Enough that Magnolia wants out.Most of the book takes place in the context of a reality TV show that Magnolia wins entry to. It's not the ordinary dance story, certainly, because reality TV [...]

    11. Featured in "Reading on a Theme: Young Ballet Dancers" on Intellectual Recreation. Magnolia (Mags) and her best friend George enter a SYTYCD-type competition. For George the show is a chance to be recognized for his skill, but for Mags the competition means much more. She sees a victory as a way to change her small town's opinion of her and her sister, whose reputations have been tainted by their mother's abandonment after a terrible accident.Spin the Sky gives readers look the behind-the-scenes [...]

    12. Spin the Sky follows Magnolia Woodson (Mags) through her journey to compete on a nationally televised dance competition, and to defeat the reputation that haunts her family. I loved how the author, Jill MacKenzie, worked in the attention to detail on the dance. I wish there had been more--both background and dance scenes! I was not a huge fan of some of the characters and thought they could have had a little more depth (George, Mark, and Rose especially). The narration and prose was lovely, but [...]

    13. Other than the sexuality issues, which I did not appreciate, I really liked this book. It was a great example that though we may fall we have to get back up. People will forget every good thing we've done and remember the one bad thing we've done. Life is like that but we have to remember that they do not define us.

    14. A soon as I started reading this book I had to clear my schedule because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened. The characters are as complex as they are engaging, and the story had me at the edge of my seat the whole way through. Not to mention the beautiful details, and gorgeous prose. I highly recommend this book.

    15. Magnolia is eager to leave her small town and undesirable family dynamics. There’s a reality dance show competition that could be her salvation. This contemporary YA pulled at my heart. Magnolia is an amazing main character in this powerful debut novel.

    16. Such a beautifully written book about how hard it is to rise above your past, but Jill MacKenzie does it very well in this teen drama about dancers. Loved every page.

    17. I RECIEVED THS BOOK FROM SKY PONY PRESS THROUGH EDELWEISS IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY VIEWS OR OPINIONS IN ANY WAY.Spin The Sky by Jill MacKenzie is an amazing book!Summary from :Magnolia Woodson wants nothing more than to get her and her sister, Rose, out of the pitifully small, clamming-obsessed Oregon town that hates them—she just doesn’t know how. Forced to put up with the snide comments and hateful looks the townspeople throw at them, Mags thinks she’s de [...]

    18. Magnolia's tired of everyone in their small town judging her and her sister because of their mother's actions. They didn't have anything to do with the death of the mayor's daughter, but no matter how much Magnolia wants to start over and move somewhere where no one knows the Woodson family, she's constantly reminded that they're stuck. So when Magnolia learns about a televised dance competition she begins to hope and dream again. She loves dancing, and being able to dance in front of thousands [...]

    19. Spin the Sky by Jill MacKenzie swept me away with its compelling and compassionate storyline about a young girl trying to break free from the social attitudes in her small hometown. To enable her characters’ journeys, MacKenzie utilizes the setting of a wildly popular reality television dance show to illustrate the types of values and beliefs that often occur in these polarized settings. Struggling between society’s preset demands and her own seedling beliefs, the sweet main character Magnol [...]

    20. "Fly. Soar. Dance again.”Jill Mackenzie’s debut Young Adult contemporary is a moving story about a young girl in a small town that doesn’t want her. A talented dancer, Magnolia Woodson believes if she can earn a spot on the popular dance competition show Live to Dance and put her hometown on the map, then the people who live there will forgive her for her mother’s sins. With this hope, she begins a journey for one thing that leads to something she never could have imagined.What Magnolia [...]

    21. From the first sentence I was captivated by the poetic rhythm and cadence of the writing style. Truth be told it was my first time reading a YA book as an adult, I was previewing it for my teen niece, but now I know YA can be stimulating and concise, unlike many adult novels. The characters and story were genuine and packed with soul. Although the subject had an edge, I completely resonated with the trials young people face and that life is not always rose colored. I absolutely loved how the aut [...]

    22. Jill MacKenzie's SPIN THE SKY is more than the universal story of a teen longing to escape the confines of her small town and follow her dreams. This novel digs deep. Magnolia's dream of showing the world she's not a "no-good Woodson girl like her mother," explores how a child is affected by the sins of the parent, forgiveness, and ultimately, redemption. Magnolia doesn't want to prove she is talented and worthy of greatness - she NEEDS to prove it. The author weaves central themes of self-estee [...]

    23. A truly inspiring novel that will have you on the edge of your seat one minute, and then cuddled up on the couch in the next. Every spare minute I had was given to Mags, Rose and George. I cried, I smiled, I laughed, and I jumped for joy. I was glued to Magnolia on the first chapter and craved more with each turn of the page. Jill Mackenzie, and her beautifully written tale of a girl with a "real story" to tell, gave me hope, and inspired me to "dance myself clean", and be the best me, for mysel [...]

    24. This is a beautiful story. Magnolia Woodson is a dancer who wants to get out of her small, Oregon town. When a nationwide dance competition has tryouts nearby, Magnolia sees this as an opportunity to get away from the small-minded townspeople and from the stigma that is attached to her because of her mother's mistakes. For Magnolia, dancing is the only place she truly feels free. Jill MacKenzie has created more than just a reach-for-your-dreams dance story. She has written a deep and meaningful [...]

    25. This book is a perfect balance of drama and thoughtfulness, and it captures its teen protagonist beautifully. Mags is a character you'll want to root for all the way through, although all the characters are easy to relate to, and it's sometimes hard to pick which one you want to win! The humor sprinkled in was the icing on the cake of this novel, and it provided great contrast to Mags's heart-wrenching struggles. If you're looking for a loveable and determined heroine, great writing, and lots of [...]

    26. Absolutely loved this novel! Magnolia's strength and self discovery was awe-inspiring! Her passion for dance shines and never faltered even through tough times. Watching the world recognize this passion is beautiful but even more so is Mags realization of herself! I could not put this novel down!

    27. This book was great and I found it very well-written. It's for anyone struggling to find where they fit in and longing to escape from their present reality. It asks the question of, is a child tied to the sins of the parent. I highly recommend and look forward to more from this author.

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