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Girls Don't Fly Hardcover – October 13, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (October 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670013315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670013319
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,812,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... the depiction of small-town dynamics, high-school breakups, crappy after-school jobs, and Myra's growing desire to break free from limited expectations is both fresh and relatable."
(Horn Book, October 1, 2011)

"The protagonist is a delightfully spunky teen whose witticisms will keep readers laughing, and her deeply felt connection to her family ... will leave them with watery eyes. Fans of Sarah Dessen will want to grab this one."
(School Library Journal, January 2011)

"Mixing ecological facts and humor, Chandler does a brilliant job of creating a very real world..."
(IndieBound, Vivian Evans, the King's English, Salt Lake City, UT)

About the Author

Kristen Chandler (krischandrstories.com) has been a ranch hand, waitress, salesperson, ice cream store manager, secretary, free lance journalist, and college writing instructor. She lives outside Salt Lake City, Utah with her four children, two cats and a bad dog.

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Kristen Chandler (krischandrstories.com) has been a ranch hand, waitress, salesperson, ice cream store manager, secretary, free lance journalist, and college writing instructor. She lives outside Salt Lake City, Utah with her four children, two cats and a bad dog.

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Myra's narrative is sensitive, humorous (this book is FUNNY), and graceful.
Amazon Customer
In the end, it was a book about life and I found it easy to identify with Myra as she struggles to find herself and make her mark in her little part of the world.
papps
Kristen Chandler did a great job of keeping the book interesting by relating the story to the reader's life.
Kyle

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ienjoyagoodbook on April 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Myra is stunned when her boyfriend Erik breaks up with her. Is it her fault? Was she too clingy? Gradually it dawns on Myra that she may be acting as a doormat for everyone to wipe their feet on. As she steps out of her comfort zone for a special science project, she sometimes wonders what in the world she is thinking of to even try to compete with the smarter students. Nevertheless, she finds herself trying a lot of new behaviors, such as working as a dancing chicken and applying for a job at a marina. Along the way, Myra learns about strengths she never knew she had.
Kristen Chandler even manages to painlessly teach us a lot about the Galapagos cormorants. I know I looked forward to seeing the parallels between the habits of birds and the way Myra's life is changing as she meets and surpasses new challenges. And who would have guessed she'd get to see herself on television? Girls Don't Fly is a touching, feel good winner.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Book Runner on November 7, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This book reminds me of some of Sarah Dessen's books in that it deals with family issues and one's place in the world. Themes of learning to adapt, life without change being boring and recognizing what is valuable before it is taken away make up the bulk of this story.

Being part of a large family myself, I could identify with a lot of what Myra experienced. She is part of a family with six children, an engineer dad, a working mom, and a "knocked up" older sister in a low income home. Myra carries a huge burden in helping out at home with making dinner, cleaning, watching the boys and carpooling. Her sister Melissa does not seem to have to carry this same burden for some reason. Myra's "perfect" rich boyfriend, Eric has broken up with her and she has decided to compete for a scholarship to the Galapagos Islands. Myra is the grease that makes everyone and everything go smoothly without ever drawing attention to her and people/teachers are not aware of her abilities and neither, really is she. Until this year.

Myra has a keen desire to get out of her small town and spread her own wings. While studying for her project, Myra gets to know about a flightless bird with whom she can identify. She and the reader get to learn a lot about birds which Myra gets really excited about (this reader, less so). With the encouragement of her surprised teacher and new attraction Pete, Myra starts to come out of her "doormat" personality and starts to make dreams of her own.

This book contains lots of environmental opinions, criticism of Christianity and of hypocritical Mormons, evolutional theories and feminist ideals which would be great to discuss with your teen after reading this selection.

I listened to the audiobook version read nicely by Becca Battoe.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Luan C. Walker on February 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is teenage Angst to the max. As a high school teacher I see students like Myra every day. Caught between her head and her heart, Myra struggles with family drama,peer pressure and her own intellectual insecurity. This coming of age novel is a refreshing and smart one that should make teens reflect on their own lives and what is possible. We all should be rooting for Myras everywhere.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I thought Myra was a character who was easy to relate to. Her story rang true and reminded me of many of the feelings, doubts and insecurities I remember having in high school. The story was a cute, quirky coming of age, contemporary family drama.

Set outside Salt Lake City, UT and written by an LDS author I expected this to be LDS fiction but it was not. This could have been a book set in any town, anywhere. Other than a mention or two of the religious kids who went to church on Sunday there was no mention of anything about Mormons in this book.

Each chapter begins with a tidbit of knowledge about birds that ties into that chapter. Very clever.

Girls Don’t Fly was an enjoyable, quick read.

Rating: 4 Stars – Great Book

Content: Some language

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By Kyle on April 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed Kristen Chandler's "Girls Don't Fly". At first when I started the book I wasn't sure if I would like it - I was reading about awful high school drama and the hopelessness of teenagers who are stuck at home taking care of their family. I felt bad for Myra (the main character) as she went to school and took care of her rowdy younger brothers, while her "perfect" boyfriend dumped her and competed against her to win a trip to the Galapagos Islands. But as the story developed I found myself enjoying it more and more as I read about Myra taking a hilarious and embarrassing job (wearing a disgusting chicken suit), getting tackled while being filmed, and eventually reaching her goals.
Kristen Chandler did a great job at making the story relatable to her readers. Most of us have suffered through high school and the drama associated with it. I myself have pushed myself through school and challenged myself quite often, so I can relate with Myra's efforts to study and earn money for the trip. From the start of the book Chandler gets the reader interested to see if Myra could make it to the Galapagos Islands. Then you want to know how Myra will deal with her ex-boyfriend and if she can beat him in the scholarship application. By the end of the story the reader is excited for Myra to win and wants to read about her trip to the Galapagos Islands. Kristen Chandler did a great job of keeping the book interesting by relating the story to the reader's life.
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