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Flyaway Hardcover – October 1, 2011
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Complicated and beautiful -- this novel left me doubting my emotions and missing a place I’d never been.” -- Maggie Stiefvater
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"It's Gemma's strength and clear-headed narration that keep the pages turning long after your skin has started crawling." -- The Daily Beast: Smart Young Adult Books: 10 Hot Picks
* An emotionally raw thriller a haunting account of captivity and the power of relationships.” -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Disturbing, heartbreaking, and beautiful all at once." -- School Library Journal
"Has a veracity and immediacy that rivets the reader to the page...A fascinating, disturbing novel." -- VOYA
"A complex psychological study that is also a tribute to the hypnotic beauty of the outback." -- Booklist
"An arresting, dramatic story...induces both shivers and thought." -- BCCB
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Their blooming relationship is innocent, and it is fun to watch it unfold. The loner swan brings them together and parallels their adventure.
The only thing I don't like is that it did not give me closure on whether Harry makes it through his transplant. But then again, sometimes the open ended ending really is the best, because you are always rooting for the patient to pull through and for the romance to continue, but as Lurlene McDaniel has proved, there is just something about death that can also make a perfect ending, because it is sad, beautiful, and reflects reality. But, I don't know about real statistics, but the book said 50/50 chance, so in the end it is left to the reader to decide, or you can take her dream of Harry being a swan and migrating as he didn't pull through, or you can find hope in his text and say that he did.
This book is about a little girl named Isla, and she loves swans. Her dad is also obsessed about swans. He goes swan chasing whenever he can. Well, he doesn't actually chase them. He just observes them. Her grandpa is also an animal lover and a vet, but her dad and grandpa don't get along, so they argue about swans a lot.
Isla's dad has a really bad heart attack pretty early in the book, and while she's in the hospital, she meets a little kid named Harry, who's a cancer patient. They become good friends and eventually spark up a little romance.
I found this book really interesting. Will Isla's dad die? Will her new romance Harry die? Will the swan that got lost from its pack ever find the rest of the swans? Will the feud between dad and grandpa get resolved? Will Isla and her obsession with swans ever fit in with the rest of the kids in her class? This book poses tons of interesting questions. Also, Isla is a really interesting girl. She's completely obsessed with swans, and nobody else really understands that obsession, but she continues with that obsession and uses it to try to figure out growing up.
+Isla is a really interesting main character. She seemed like a real kid, which was cool, because a lot of YA books' protagonists seem a lot older than they really are.
+Very interesting, for a book about swans
+Poses some complex and intriguing questions
+Tackles the difficult topics of parents with health problems, hospitals, and possible death
+Very well written
+I listened to the audio book, and the reader was awesome
-The "magical" element of this was quick and not pervasive enough throughout the book to really seem well integrated
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome book! This book took me on a journey of a chance meeting, that would change Isla's life forever. I can't believe the relationship between the swan and her. Read morePublished on February 17, 2013 by Misss Grace
This book leads to great discussions on major illnesses of children and adults and how those illnesses affect the family. Read morePublished on October 7, 2012 by Barb
I hate to be the party-pooper, but...it's not my kind of book. I will agree, it is amazingly-well written; it is very decent with extremely few "bad" words (just a few "idiots"... Read morePublished on April 17, 2012 by Janey
Amazing book start to finish. you never want to put it down because of all the events that are happening. Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by Cathy Springer