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Flyaway by Lucy Christopher
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Jan 15, 12

bookshelves: arc, bea
Read in January, 2012

I received the ARC of FLYAWAY from the BEA. What attracted me to this novel was the author, Lucy Christopher. I had read her first novel, STOLEN, which I thought was absolutely brilliant. FLYAWAY is quite different than STOLEN but also interesting. It's a MG novel narrated by Isla, pronounced I - la. Isla has a close relationship with her father. Together they share a love for birds, especially swans. As the swans migrate, Isla and her dad track them around their community.

On one of those excursions the father collapses and is taken to the hospital. He is very sick and eventually needs a heart valve transplant. While worrying about her father, Isla meets a sick boy named Harry. The two of them become close friends. And then a lone swan enters their lives. To read the description of this swan's antics was quite interesting.
MGers will learn a lot about swans, how to navigate complex relationships, and how to cope with a family member who is sick.
This is a great book for kids who are going through tough times. Isla will become a friend who can relate to their fears.
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