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Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting
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Mar 21, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: children-s-and-picture-books

Fly away home is the story of a boy (Andrew)and his father who live in an airport. Even though they are homeless and day-to-day life is difficult, Andrew remains hopeful that someday, things will get better. This book has a very authentic perspective and looks honestly at the idea of homelessness. Even though the ending is optimistic, Andrew admits there are times that he gets angry and wants to yell at the people in the airport who have homes, and there are other times when he thinks he will be stuck there forever and just wants to cry. The book also looks at homelessness as a multidimensional issue. There are a few families and individuals who live in the airport, and all of their situations are different. Andrew and his father have friends, but they must act like "nobodies" so authorities do not notice them. Details are naturally integrated into the story, because it is a realistic description of how Andrew lives his life. Details about his father's job and how they used to have a home are dispersed throughout the book. The story is very current, since there are many homeless people in our society, and unfortunately they need to stay unnoticed to stay safe. Although the book was written in 1991, it still holds true. The language of the book is very natural and easy for children to understand. This would be a great book to teach the concept of homelessness in an honest manner.

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