Publisher's Note:  

When homeschooled farm girl Piper McCloud reveals her ability to fly, she is quickly taken to a secret government facility to be trained with other exceptional children, but she soon realizes that something is very wrong and begins working with brilliant and wealthy Conrad to escape.

"Piper decided to jump off the roof. It wasn't a rash decision on her part. This was her plan: Climb to the top of the roof, pick up speed by running from one end all the way to the other. Jump off. Finally, and most importantly, don't fall. She didn't make plans in the event she did fall, because if you jump off the roof of your house and land on your head, you really don't need any plans from that point on. Even Piper knew that. So that's what she did. She jumped clean off her roof. But before we get to what happens next, you'll probably need to know a thing or two about a thing or two..."



The Girl Who Could Fly

by Victoria Forester

Review Date:
09/22/2011

Recommended Age:
12+

Overall Rating:
*****

Profanity / Language Rating:
**

Violence / Gore Rating:
***

Sex / Nudity Rating:

Overall Review:  

How many of us have dreamed we could fly?  (How many of us tried as children only to find—the painful way—that we can’t?)  What if you found that you could fly?  What would you do?  Piper has floated around a great deal since she was born, much to the chagrin of her parents.  One day, she decides it’s time to control it!  This leads to a series of events that include a ride in a helicopter with some very interesting people, a trip down a talking elevator though a fascinating facility, and meeting up with other kids who are not unlike Piper with all kinds of strange and wonderful abilities!

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!


Content Analysis:  

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.



Mature Subject Matter:  

***



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

***



Reviewed By Emily
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