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Flyaway by Lucy Christopher
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Dec 07, 2011

it was ok

While the ideas presented in this book are interesting, I rated it at 2 stars. It is not the subject matter itself (which is heavy), but the writing which was heavy-handed. Perhaps because it is written as a children's book, some of the symbols and allusions were written to be extra obvious, but I think a lighter (not as in comedic, but as in deft) touch would have worked better. It felt as if the author were shining spotlights on certain character names and plot events and shouting "LOOK AT THIS SYMBOLISM!!!" Additionally, the atmosphere created by the author was relentlessly depressive, despite scenes of spiritual communion between the main character, Isla, and her father/Harry/the swan. I think many young readers would be interested in the premise of this book but would put it down before reading the final page.
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Melanie Well said.

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