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Life for Georgia Hansen on the eve of her 16th birthday isn't easy. Her grandmother, dominating a household of women, insists on unwavering obedience to her strict codes: no meat eating, no men living in the house... and no solo flying before the age of 16. That's right. Georgia and all her female relatives have the power of flight. This gift comes with a great burden, however. The Hansen women must keep their ability hidden from the rest of the world. Secrets seem to fill the house, especially when Georgia's long-lost (or banished) aunt Carmen returns for a brief stay, spurring anger, anxiety, and mystery. As Georgia prepares for her initiation into womanhood and first solo flight, she wrestles with feelings of rebellion and confusion--and then guilt, when she commits the ultimate Hansen offense.

Rita Murphy's first young adult novel, winner of the Delacorte Press Prize, delves deep into the heart of a family shakily held together after generations of shattering secrets. Georgia is a strong, resourceful girl, who must choose between soul-crushing loyalty to a rigid matriarch and the terrifying freedom of independence. A beautiful metaphor for the wrenching transition from childhood to adulthood, Night Flying will speak volumes to all teenagers who yearn to soar. (Ages 12 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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NIGHT FLYING Rita Murphy. In a starred review, PW called this first novel about a girl approaching her 16th birthday and her initiation into solo flying (literally) "an auspicious debut. The author seamlessly links the metaphor of flying with Georgia's rite of passage." Ages 12-up.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Mass Market Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf; Reprint edition (April 9, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440228379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440228370
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,743,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Linda Richman on November 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Although this book is recommended for young adults, it speaks to the young adult in all of us. Not only does Rita Murphy know the beauty of her native Vermont landscape, she sprinkles it with a magic that all Vermonters and visitors know well.
This is a spare, beautifully written novel about the pain and exotic excitement of venturing out into a world that is at once exquisite and nurturing and yet lonely and isolating.
As a 38 year old , I was captivated until the last page. I want to know what happened to Georgia the day after!!
Thank you Rita Murphy for your gift to all of us
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jane Harrington on November 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
What a spare, yet rich, work of literature!
NIGHT FLYING speaks to that part in all of us which longs to be master of our dreams. Though written for the young adult market, this gorgeous, ethereal book is a must-read for all independent, creative thinkers, aged 10 to 100.
This is a pass-along book. You will read it in one day, and then will want to share it with a special person.
Thank you, Rita Murphy, for sharing your talent with me! You are a true artist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "sandrasays" on December 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My sister sent me this book because I have a t-shirt that says, "Women fly when men aren't watching." Rita Murphy must have this shirt too. "Night Flying" is a wonderfully written coming of age story that I am recommending to both mothers and daughters. From the opening line, "The Hansen women have always flown at night, even in bad weather," I was ready to fly along. As three geenrations of Hansen women prepare for Georgia's 16th birthday and her first solo flight, Georgia ponders what her mysterious Aunt Carmen did to be cast out from the family. When Carmen returns for the eventful birthday, we all learn something important about rules, and when to break them. I'm looking forward to Ms. Murphy's next work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Rita Murphy's Night Flying is a captivating tale about a girl getting in touch with herself that makes your greatest dreams turn to reality. It's very easy to fall into. When you read it, you'll feel as if you're a part of it. Flying with Eva, Maeve, Suki, stif old grandmother, and Georgia and feeling their anger, sorrow, and joy. It will inspire you to be open and truthful with yourself and with others. I recomend this book for ages 9-99 and garentee a great ride.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aimee on January 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Georgia Hansen, along with all the other women in her family posses a special gift: the ability to fly. Despite the freedom that this type of power affords, the Hansen women's existence is controlled by rules created by Georgia's domineering grandmother. Even though Georgia knows the rules are essential to her family's survival, she can not help but feel stifled by them and dreams of a world where the only rule is that there are no rules.
While she is preparing for her first solo flight, Georgia's mysterious Aunt Carmen returns home after being banished from the family farm for rebelling against the rules. By accident (or by design) she reveals to Georgia secrets about her past and sets her off into a fit or rage and confusion during which she breaks one of the family's most important rules.
Rita Murphy's debut novel is a wonderful story about a young girl on the verge of becoming a women who is struggling to define her own self against a backdrop of rules and family secrets. Anyone can relate to Georgia's struggle between living up to her family's expectations of her and fulfilling her own desires. The language is simple, yet it paints a beautiful picture of rural Vermont that readers of any age can appreciate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 25, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Georgia Hansens has waiting almost all her life for this moment, will she let it slip through her fingers?
Goergia Hansen is a average 15 year old, and she has been waiting for her 16th birthday not because she wants to drive, oh no she can't wait to fly on her own. Yes you heard me right, fly. All the women in Georgia's family can fly. But, there are quite a bit of rules involved, you have to be a verateran, you have to fly at night, and you CAN not fly alone until your 16th birthday. But now that her mom's misterous sister is back with a secret that will change her forever, Georgia breaks one of the rules. This means no solo flight saramony, the thing that Georgia has waited for 16 years. Georgia is now stressed with whether or not she should admit what she did, but she is worried her other secrets may slip out as she confesses. Georgia is also wonders if the resone her strange aunt is here is because of her.
This book is wonderful, I could'nt put it down. I rate it five stars foer the authors amazing ability to mix fantasy with every day life.
Would you tell the truth, or live with your own guilt?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Rita Murphy, Night Flying (Delacorte, 2000)
Night Flying is one of those young adult books I happened to pick up by accident because it was in the wrong section at the Case book sale. Glad I did, because this is a fun little book. Murphy never talks down to her audience, refreshing in a YA novel, and better yet, adult readers won't gag on the sentiment. Murphy has a message, but she is as good as any novelist writing for adults (and better than most) at making it palatable.
Georgia Hansen is on the eve of her sixteenth birthday. To say her life has been something less than conventional would be an understatement. She lives in a house with only women, none of whom work (all are living off the inheritance of her great-grandfather, an inventor who died with enough to ensure that Georgia's granddaughters will never have to work, either) and all of whom can fly. They do so only under the auspices of very strict rules; each female member of the family adds a rule as time goes on. You can imagine what it's like after a few generations. All, with the exception of wayward Aunt Carmen (who lives across the country), are under the thumb of Georgia's grandmother, a stern and humorless individual whose main goal seems to be making life miserable for her offspring and their offspring.
Things start to get messy when Carmen comes back for Georgia's birthday celebration. Georgia immediately forms a love/hate relationship with her, yearning after Carmen's freedom while wondering how someone could so easily slip the bonds of family obligation. (It's not so simple as all that, of course, which Georgia finds out eventually, but so the relationship begins).
At its core, this is a pretty simple coming-of-age tale, albeit with magical-realistic elements.
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