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Fly Away

19 Jan

Fly Away book jacket

Title:   Fly Away
Author:   Patricia MacLachlan
Series:   —
Recommended for:   Grades 2-5
Pages:  108
Call Number/Link:   J MacLachlan, P.

Synopsis:   While in North Dakota helping her Aunt Frankie prepare for a possible flood, Lucy finds her voice as a poet with the help of her two-year-old brother Teddy, the rest of their family, and a few cows. 

Rating:  ****

 

 

My comments:
I liked Fly Away.  It was a nice story and Lucy and her little brother Teddy had a lovely, affirming relationship.  (It was reminiscent of the special bond that Meg and Charles Wallace share in A Wrinkle of Time.)  Life for their family isn’t perfect.  For one thing, Lucy can’t sing – and everyone else in her family can.  And their mother looked away for just a moment and Teddy was gone – having quietly disappeared without a trace just as the river is rising and everything is flooding.  Everything works out fine.
I liked this book, but I’m not sure of it has universal kid appeal.  It’s a great choice for kids who like gentle reads and happy endings.  Kids who like scary stories and lots of suspense will want to read something else.
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Posted by on January 19, 2015 in Juv, Realistic

 

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