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The Girl Who Could Fly Hardcover – June 24, 2008
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The Girl Who Could Fly was perfect for this.
It is more science fiction than fantasy. The "girl" of the title is a rural child born late and unexpectedly to her parents. They are themselves strict conformists in their community and abashed at what they have given birth to, an otherwise lovely child who can, well, ahem, uh, ... fly. So they tell her to hide her ability so their neighbors won't talk. This part of the book is truly funny and I found myself reading sections of it aloud to my wife.
(It is especially nice how easy it is to read this book aloud. The language flows and makes the reader think that the author had it in mind that the book would be read aloud.)
After the first few chapters lay the background, there is a slightly awkward transition that changes the book's nature from fantasy to sci-fi. The government steps in and takes the girl away to a special "school". This is not a new idea for most juveniles today; and everyone will expect what happens next as the girl arrives at the not-as-benevolent-as-it-was-described center for people like her.
But this familiarity is not damaging. All stories have been told a thousand times; it is the telling that matters. And here the author does not fail us at all. We learn the hearts of all the characters; and we learn it in ways that constantly provoke insightful questions.
One reviewer quoted:
"CONRAD SILENTLY SEETHED, GETTING MADDER AND MEANER BY THE SECOND.Read more ›
This is a most extraordinary book, full of adventure, unapologetically eccentric and unashamedly hopeful. Its heroine, Piper McCloud, wants to use her special ability to help people -- unfortunately for her, the reality of a flying girl is more than drab Lowland County can handle. When Piper's whisked away to a self-proclaimed school for other super-skilled children, she thinks she's going to learn how to fly like a pro. Too late, she discovers the school's true agenda: to stamp out all traces of specialness in the sacred name of Normality.
The author tells her story with a sense of whimsy that is upbeat but also wised-up: Piper is a natural optimist, yet she also pays a price for her eagerness. The humor is balanced with plenty of drama and occasional touches of sadness (the singing cricket is an affecting scene stealer), and characters you'll start missing as soon as you turn the last page. It's a great book for lovers of Madeleine L'Engle and C.S. Lewis. Though it never leaves our world, it gives you the kind of magic you can believe in.
He just finished the book a couple of days ago and when I asked him how he liked it he was nervous about telling me that one of the main characters died by suicide at the end of the story. I started to worry and read the passages myself (starting at page 305). I was shocked how detailed the suicide is described. Especially the expression that that there is no way to help someone who wants to die...
I am very disappointed and upset that I made my son read this children's book. This is not acceptable for a children's book that age! The book is graded to be a book for grades 5/6.
The grading for this book has to be changed to a much older group of children.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The girl who could fly is an intriguing and suspenseful book, where every charecter twists and turns. This book is a great book for anyone who enjoys real live fantasy. Read morePublished 1 day ago by grant comissiong
This is a fun book for junior high students. I had a student read this book and did a book report on it. He ask me to read it, I loved it! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Karen Hightower
I loved this book and it is one of the best books I've ever read. Victoria Forester is a wonderful writer full of great stories and imaginations. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
Best book I've read.
This was the book that kept helped me escape the walls of jail. I never thought I could get so into a book. It passed time like no other book. Read more
This book is, in my opinion, even better than Harry Potter. It's good for about 9-13 year olds but will do perfect for a mature 8 year old. Read morePublished 1 month ago by vijendren
I very much enjoyed The Girl Who Could Fly, an adventure-filled novel about a girl named Piper who has been able to fly since birth. Read morePublished 1 month ago by neworleansnative73
This book is so good.
I LOVE the message it really shows you that you can do anything you want to do