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About the Author

Syd Blue had her 1st flying lesson on her 14th birthday. Now she's a commercial pilot living a life in the skies. As Chief Pilot running an aviation business specializing in aerial surveillance, she sees the expansive view from above throughout the Southwest. Home base is a cabin in the woods with her knight-in-shining-armor husband, gigantic heating bill, and three precious hissing-fire cat-beasts (all of whom hate flying).

On the ground, she produced, wrote and edited everything from documentaries, TV shows, commercials, and articles, for TV stations, production companies, book publishers, national magazines and news websites. For more info, check out SydBlue.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Landcrab Publishing (November 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615709710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615709710
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,676,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Syd Blue had her 1st flying lesson on her 14th birthday. What a birthday present! Now she's a commercial pilot living a life in the skies. She started writing novels in the back of her parent's Mooney when she was small enough to fit in the baggage compartment. Trips to grandma's house were even more fun in a plane, especially when she could get the yoke away from her 3 brothers, all of whom are pilots too.

FlyGirl Syd has also written, edited and produced for everything from TV stations to production companies, from book publishers to national magazines. She has had over 40 articles published and screenplays optioned, and supervised writing staffs around the world at magazines and news services. She also produced an award-winning documentary, TV shows, commercials and short films.

As Chief Pilot running an aviation business specializing in aerial surveillance, she sees the expansive view from above throughout the Southwest. Home base is a cabin in the woods with her knight-in-shining-armor husband, gigantic heating bill, and three precious hissing-fire cat-beasts (all of whom hate flying).

In short, Author and Aviatrix sums it up, since about all her writing includes flying. If you'd like to discuss flying and living your dreams, please visit SydBlue.com.

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This is a great book to give a preteen or teenage girl, because it shows a teenager going after her dreams. On top of that, the heroine's specific dream -- to become a pilot -- is still a non-traditional career for women, so it's especially great to see that encouraged.

It's well-written too: My heart was pounding after the first 50 pages, and there's plenty of suspense and humor in the whole thing. A good Christmas present for the girls and young women in your life.
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I became the hero when I bought FlyGirl for my niece. She absolutely loved it. She's sharing the book with all her girlfriends as well. I've heard through the niece-grapevine, that her friends love the book as well and one of her friends is now thinking of becoming a pilot. A great story that shows you can do anything you want to if you set your mind to it.
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Syd Blue's book "FlyGirl" soars! Roller coaster adventure lets up only long enough for us to fall in love with
impulsive and quick-witted Jill Townsend, a high school sophomore living in the mountainous town of Big Bear, California. When her father dies leaving a grieving, incapacitated mother, Jill dreams of being in the sky while home bound taking care of her young sisters. Syd Blue knows her stuff; her experience as a pilot shines through every exciting minute of flight. I WAS up in the air with Jill, tense from cloud turbulence and gauge fluctuation. Each character shines in this engaging story of a girl who's not just following a road or path, but looking beyond boundaries to find her true passion, leading to lessons of integrity, trust and believing in herself.
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I'm a 26 year old fan of young adult fiction: it's one of my main reading areas, and it's also what I write. While I normally read fantasy, when Syd Blue introduced me to FlyGirl I went ahead and bought it thinking it'd be nice to read something different.
It lived up to its promise! FlyGirl is a great young adult read. The main character, sixteen year old Jill Townsend, kept digging herself into a deeper and deeper hole, which made me cringe, laugh, and remember when that was me! I loved watching her grow beyond the naïve and angry, if well-meaning, girl she was at the start, into the beginnings of an admirable adult. The supporting characters were all unique, believable, and likable. And I loved the flying. Fly Girl is chock full of light aircraft, airports, hangers, and learning to fly. The writing was so believable that I could feel my stomach drop every time Jill left the ground.I could practically smell the glue and fuel!
For budding pilots, this book is a treat. For young adults in general, this book is something different, and a lot of fun. A well written work with romance, danger, and going for the dream against the odds... what more could you want?
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The book is a real page turner! I initially sat down to skim the first few pages and found myself engrossed! HOOKED! I am so thankful for Syd Blue: I needed the messages she sends. FlyGirl FlyGirl will be my go-to page turner during grad school. This book is an easy read for an advanced reader and incredibly approachable for a younger reader. Aimed at adolescents, the teenager in me was moved to tears several times in the last half particularly. The woman I have become values the gifts I have twice over for being reminded of as much. Thank you for reminding me of the preciousness of life and the eagerness of an inquisitive mind. I LOVE it and am so INSPIRED. Whether or not grad school pans out, I will CERTAINLY learn to fly!!

Moreover, the value of the read far exceeds the price of the book. This is a go to for white elephant parties, gift exchanges, graduations,birthdays, bridal showers, baby showers, funerals, mother's day, father's day, grandparents day, every occasion deserving of inspiration and enlightenment.FlyGirl
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Syd Blue is a talented new writer worth keeping an eye on. Her writing style is highly engaging and she really knows how to tell a great story. But Fly Girl is more than an entertaining read - it is a book that celebrates the qualities that are so worth promoting in young women - confidence, guts and intelligence. With teenage girls being bombarded with media that objectifies women and teaches them to only value their looks, we need more books like Fly Girl. The main character, Jill Townsend, is a role-model worth looking up to - like Catniss in Hunger Games, but set in the modern world that our teens can relate to.
Fly Girl is a fun read, loaded with facts about flying. Its also has a lot of detail about the local area (the author's home) - set in Big Bear Lake, in the mountains of Southern California. It's would be enjoyable for teens and adults, and especially anyone interested in flying. While the main character is a female, the story and themes are universal enough for the book to also appeal to boys.
Highly recommended read!
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I love the voice of teenaged Jill who wants to learn to fly so badly that she will forge her mother's signature and get into a lot of trouble to get up in the air. The reader will fear for Jill and think she's heading down the wrong path, but then Jill will do something magnanimous and be vindicated so that you'll root for her and also want her to achieve her dream. Blue, who took her first flying lesson at 14, describes Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains of California with its small local airport accurately, and we can experience what it must be like to fly over the nearby communities (Landers and Lucerne Valley) as well. Even adults may want to take a flying lesson after reading. High school and junior high school teachers will welcome a book about ambitious girls in the science and arts (Jill's friend). In fact, there's a "quick quiz" at the end about flight. Now exactly how will Jill who gets "grounded" get to the prom in a plane with one of the handsomest boys in school?
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