- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 6
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Square Fish; 1 edition (February 2, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312602383
- ISBN-13: 978-0312602383
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 269 customer reviews
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- #1795 in Books > Children's Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > School
- #4098 in Books > Children's Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Friendship
- #5110 in Books > Children's Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy & Magic
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The Girl Who Could Fly Paperback – February 2, 2010
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“It's the oddest/sweetest mix of Little House on the Prairie and X-Men. I was smiling the whole time (except for the part where I cried). I gave it to my mom, and I'm reading it to my kids--it's absolutely multigenerational. Prepare to have your heart warmed.” ―Stephenie Meyer, The Twilight Saga
“In this terrific debut novel, readers meet Piper McCloud, the late-in-life daughter of farmers...The story soars, just like Piper, with enough loop-de-loops to keep kids uncertain about what will come next....Best of all are the book's strong, lightly wrapped messages about friendship and authenticity and the difference between doing well and doing good.” ―Booklist, starred review
“Forester's disparate settings (down-home farm and futuristic ice-bunker institute) are unified by the rock-solid point of view and unpretentious diction… any child who has felt different will take strength from Piper's fight to be herself against the tide of family, church, and society.” ―The Horn Book Review
“When her talent for flying is discovered, a charismatic director of a special school takes Piper under her wing. She arrives at an amazing place with multiple floors and discovers a lot of other kids with extraordinary powers, too--as well as a nefarious plot to remove their special talents by altering their DNA .” ―Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, for School Library Journal
“Piper McCloud comes from a household that does what they do because doing otherwise would break tradition--they don't handle change well. When her conservative parents realize that Piper has the ability to fly, they forbid her to do it since it's just not their way of living. It's not quite so easy for Piper to give up flying, however….This novel is an unforgettable story that will challenge many adolescents in their quest to decide between right and wrong, good and evil. The bravery and courage of Piper McCloud will give confidence to anyone, no matter how extraordinary or ordinary their gifts may be.” ―Ashleigh Larsen, KLIATT
“Plucky Piper faces nearly insurmountable odds and must keep her innate sense of right and wrong focused through her trials. This fantasy has an air of reality, maintained by the aw-shucks flavor of the dialogue and its determined, good-as-gold heroine. Hints of a sequel appear after the tidy ending of this X-Men-like superhero take on the world.” ―Kirkus
About the Author
Victoria Forester is a successful screenwriter, and originally wrote The Girl Who Could Fly for film. She liked the story so much that she decided to expand it into her first book. Victoria grew up on a remote farm in Ontario, Canada, and graduated from the University of Toronto. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and cat.
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The ending screams "sequel" and apparently "The boy who knew everything" is that sequel.
At least two editions of this story out, you might buy new as cheaply, or cheaper, than "used".
There is so much in this book--there's the fun of all these children with amazing talents (flying, x-ray vision, telekinesis, super speed, super strength, super genius intelligence, etc.); there's the defining of `different vs normal'--What really is different? What is normal? Whose job is it to decide? And when that distinction is made, what should be done about it? Is it ok to `normal-fy' everything to a perceived standard, or is it better to just love everyone and everything for what they are and enjoy the spice it adds to life?
The Girl Who Could Fly is well written and fast-paced. It is full of the joys of childhood and growing up, and mixed with that little extra edge of `sci-fi' fun! I found myself feeling so attached to these characters--and, oh, how I loved Piper's backwoods-y accent! I smiled and cheered when things were looking good; I cried and sobbed through their hardships and heartbreak. Lovely writing and full of fun for everyone! Overall rating is 5 out of 5 stars!
PROFANITY: 2 Mild and 2 Moderate instances
VIOLENCE: Some mild instances
SEXUAL CONTENT: A few very mild instances
MATURE THEMES: Mild to Moderate
RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 12+
There were 2 mild/moderate instances of profanity (all from one character).
There is some bullying from various characters (includes pushing, destroying others' personal property, threats, etc. A character tortures creatures that are not `normal' in order to make them `normal'; and if they don't become `normal', they are destroyed. There is a chase scene in the sky. A character tells of a sibling's death. A character falls from a great height and dies.
A character has x-ray vision and is twice reported to look through girls' clothes to see their underwear.
The mild mature themes include the importance of showing love and caring for others, and the question of what is `normal', why it's important, and having tolerance for those we perceive not to be `normal'. The more moderate themes include parents who don't want their children, taking children from their parents, and the ethics of separating/destroying/discouraging things that are considered different.
The Girl Who Could Fly is recommended as a Squeaky Clean Read for ages 12+!
This review was written by Emily
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