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The Girl Who Could Fly (Piper McCloud)
Starred Review In thisÃÂ terrific debut novel, readers meet Piper McCloud, the late-in-life daughter of farmers. Her parents revel in conformity, so it’s disconcerting at best when Piper shows a talent for flying.ÃÂ Homeschooled and kept away from outsiders, Piper is lonely. Finally, herÃÂ parents let her go to a community picnic, whereÃÂ she thinks she’ll meet new friends. Instead, she terrifies the neighbours byÃÂ flying upÃÂ toÃÂ catch a ball during aÃÂ kids’ÃÂ game.ÃÂ In no time, the McCloud farm is besieged. Then, out of a helicopter comes the empathetic Dr. Letitia Hellion,ÃÂ who whisks Piper off toÃÂ a secret school for kids with special talents. But are things there what they seem to be. No.ÃÂ Forester getsÃÂ almost everything right here. The story soars, just like Piper, with enough loop-de-loops to keepÃÂ kids uncertain about what will come next.ÃÂ Her plainspoken heroine has aÃÂ big heart and a strong streak of defiance,ÃÂ andÃÂ Piper’s reactionsÃÂ always seem true, even in the midst of sf machinations. ManyÃÂ other charactersÃÂ are alsoÃÂ clearly setÃÂ within the context of theirÃÂ lives, giving themÃÂ dimensionÃÂ sometimes lacking in supporting casts. Best of all are the book’s strong, lightly wrapped messagesÃÂ about friendship andÃÂ authenticity and the difference between doing well and doing good.ÃÂ Give this to fans of Trenton Lee Stuart’s The Mysterious Benedict SocietyÃÂ (2007). Grades 4-7. —Ilene Cooper —This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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