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The Girl Who Could Fly

(Piper McCloud #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  13,271 ratings  ·  2,074 reviews
You just can't keep a good girl down . . . unless you use the proper methods.

Piper McCloud can fly. Just like that. Easy as pie.

Sure, she hasn't mastered reverse propulsion and her turns are kind of sloppy, but she's real good at loop-the-loops.

Problem is, the good folk of Lowland County are afraid of Piper. And her ma's at her wit's end. So it seems only fitting that she
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by Square Fish (first published June 24th 2008)
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Stenedria middle school, but really I think it's good for people for all ages.
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Nov 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Savvy, The Mysterious Benedict Society
The McClouds have always done things the same way. They've farmed the same land, lived in the same town, and lived the same simple life for generations. But Piper McCloud is different. From the moment she was born, Piper could float, and when she got a little older, Piper taught herself how to fly.

When Piper accidentally reveals her talent at the town's Fourth of July picnic, she causes an uproar, and draws a lot of attention--including the attention of Dr. Letitia Hellion, who runs an institute
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is utterly fabulous. While charmed from the beginning, I was simultaneously wary that it might be hodge podge of ripped off ideas from Anne of Green Gables, Harry Potter & X-Men. Thankfully, this book ended up creating a world of characters and places firmly its own. I love this book, and recommend it to anyone.
Aw man, I really wanted to like this.

The cover promised a cross between "Little House on the Prairie" and "X-Men," which sounded promising, but I should have paid attention to the fact that it was Stephenie Meyer who wrote that quote. Unfortunately, a lot like Twilight, this book takes something that could be really cool, and reduces it down to something that just seems lame. In Twilight the vampires were lame-ified; in this book it's superheroes.

It started off really nicely. I liked Piper right
Sep 09, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forester, Victoria. 2008. The Girl Who Could Fly.

Piper decided to jump off of the roof. It wasn't a rash decision on her part.

The Girl Who Could Fly is an odd little book that I couldn't help enjoying. Piper McCloud, she flies. A girl who flies. When her flying catches attention, mysterious strangers show up on the family farm promising her family that they've got the perfect school for her. A school where her specialness will be appreciated. So away Piper goes. Leaving behind her family and her
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
Have you ever picked up a book and thought, "Hmm, that sounds interesting," then, upon reading it, think it's middle-ground, only to change your mind yet again because the final third is so good it more than makes up for everything else? That was my experience with The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester. I'm not saying the first two-thirds were sub-par or dislikable, just that I wasn't hanging onto
every twist and turn in the plot. By the end, however, I was hoping there was a sequel on the
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
edit: this was the first book that I remember finishing and thinking: wow, i love reading
I love this book! It was so good! The story was amazing!
Nicole Pramik
If this novel’s premise sounds a little bit like X-Men, you wouldn’t be entirely wrong, but the super-gifted children in The Girl Who Could Fly are not mutants – they’re just average kids blessed with special abilities. Premise-wise, it’s been done before – an average kid discovers she’s gifted and meets other kids just like her. But the things that set The Girl Who Could Fly apart are its a sweet story and immediately likable protagonist. The narrative is told from Piper’s perspective with some ...more
Emily Tuckett
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This just may be the best book I’ve read all year! The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester is a marvel, with features that delight such as characters you can relate to, a plot that goes from innocent to intense, and vivid, hilarious prose. Forester is quite the story teller, and you can distinctly feel her enigmatic and comic voice through out the story. One of my favorite parts was Forester’s description of a minor character Bella. I’m paraphrasing, but the author described Bella as the dau ...more
TBR Reduce Challenge #18- 2011 (Stefanie)

The Girl Who Could Fly is a very well crafted story with a lot of imagination and creativity and while it's obviously for younger readers, I didn't expect it to be so harsh and cruel. Never the less, the writing is well done and I did enjoy some of the characters, but for the most part I couldn't love this one as much as I wanted too.
Jan 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all y'all
Recommended to Joy by: Stephenie Meyer
This book was recommended by one of my favorite authors, Stephenie Meyer. On her site she states, The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester "is the oddest/sweetest mix of Little House on the Prairie and X-Men."
The librarian likes to talk with me about the books I read and where I get my suggestions. So, when I picked up the book today - (TODAY, I read this book in a day!), I gave her Stephenie's take about it being a cross between Little House on the Prairie and the X-Men. Just saying it out
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would probably give this 2.5 stars.
But let me start out this review by saying this book is not for children.

It's just not. There are numerous conflicts in the book that require a more mature grasp of reality. Torture, abuse, imprisonment, lobotomy, religion, death, drugs, and lies. Not to mention that there were certain sexual innuendos as well as moderate curse words. All of it was heavily present, and the final result was a book whose audience has been incorrectly marketed.

Of course, the pre
Christopher Seifert
I’ve never read much Hemingway, but I think the guy was on to something. From Cormier to Bradbury, all my favorite authors have one thing in common: They don’t waste words. On the other end of the spectrum, here’s an excerpt from The Girl Who Could Fly: “As fate would have it, Piper was given less than four seconds to retroactively relive all of the events of her last months in a staggering journey that reordered by 180 degrees everything she’d accepted as real and true to be fake and lies, so ...more
Piper McCloud can fly, and when the neighbors find out, a super-secret organization comes and takes her away to live with other kids (and plants and animals) with special talents. At first we are led to believe this organization (I.N.S.A.N.E.) wants to help them, but the true motives are much more sinister.

I liked this book, but I have a hard time pinning down the audience. I would say 3rd-5th grade, but there is a scene where Piper is tortured for her misbehavior and it seemed too mature compar
Libby Ames
Apr 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Libby by: Mirjam Kirkham
Well-written with interesting and complex characters, this book was better than its summary led me to believe. Piper McCloud is a sheltered farm girl who discovers she can fly. When she reveals this to her close-minded community, the expected fear of anything different surfaces and forces Piper into a special school with other 'gifted' children.

While presenting the age old conflict of individuality vs. conformity, this book provides complex characters and unexpected twists of plot. It is a fun,
Kate Coombs
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I basically like the main character, Piper, and I also like the initial setting of a farm--which makes this book rural fantasy, the new subgenre I've been telling people about (Ingrid Law's Savvy is the best-known example). On the other hand, the later chapters are a little bumpy. Piper McCloud can fly, so her anxious, tradition-bound parents spend the early years of her life trying to hide her gift. Eventually the neighbors find out, and s ...more
May 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was forced to end my reading strike (for the rest of May) when I picked this book up and innocently read the first couple of pages. While parts of the book are awkwardly written, I couldn't help but fall in love with the main character and kept reading just to make sure she ended up okay. The story was captivating and the message was good. This was a great quick read.
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Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so heartfelt and heart-warming!!! I ate it up without stopping for a minute. Not a second was wasted while reading this book. The characters were so well built and believable, you could almost believe that the whole story could actually happen in real life. I would recommend this book to people who like heart-felt sci-fi novels and fantasy. This book was AWESOME!!!!!!!!
May 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"My ma told me that there isn't anything in this life worth having that comes easy. She told me that every road I walk down's gonna have a price. But what she didn't tell me and what I learned since I've been here is that if you don't choose the road you're gonna walk, sooner or later someone else'll do that choosing for you."
~ Piper McCloud

Every once in a while there comes across a book that is seemingly perfect in every way. It may have nothing new to offer by way of plot, characters or story
Clare Cannon
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 11-16 years
Shelves: 13-15yrs
This was an unusual book. It had a worthy theme as its premise: special talents should be encouraged and developed, but one also needs humility and friendship with others to be a happy person. Yet the book didn't flow evenly. It began in an American country town populated with God-fearing simple folk who didn't like anything that 'wasn't the way of things', so when Piper McCloud discovers she can fly she becomes the town curiosity. These first few chapters took some patience to get through becau ...more
Angie Orr
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit-2011-12
The Girl Who Could Fly. Forester, Victoria.

Rating: *****

Summary: Piper is a young girl who is special in her own way. Piper is able to fly. Her ma and pa tell her not to fly around where others can see her. One day she is so upset during a baseball game she uses her flying to catch a baseball out of reach to prove to the others she is able to play. However when everyone sees her, she gets in big trouble.
Dr. Hellion comes to visit Piper and her folks. The Dr. offers the McCloud family a place
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OMG. I was practically hyperventilating when I was reading this.
Okay, to be truthful, I read this book like, what? 2 years ago?
My former BFF who lived in Canada sent me this.
I lived in Canada and then I moved to my home country so she sent me this as a present. (But now we're not in touch. :()
I was thrilled. I loved books then and I wasn't really that good at my home language so I was reading and rereading all of the books in my house. Well, English ones anyway. Which, I will tell you, is quite
Jul 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a very heartwarming, quirky tale. You'll laugh , gasp, and, I'll admit, sometimes cry.
I am constantly re-reading this and recommending it.

Piper McClould can fly. She can see the good in almost everything, and is always talking and asking questions. Her mother Bettty is a nononsense person, and very religious too. Joe is the very quiet, hard working father.

Ever since she was little she could float. Her Ma and Pa panicked, and didn't let her leave the farm for anything but doctor's a
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book starts out with a quote, "To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." e.e. cummings. The characters in this book will stay with you. They face some tough issues. It's a testament to the human spirit. I think there will be some character in the book you will identify with. There's a boy that's given everything but love and it's meaningle ...more
Missie Kay
If your copy's like mine, there's a blurb from Stephenie Meyer about how this book is a mix between Little House and X-Men. Surprise, surprise, I disagree with Stephenie Meyer about something. This time, it's a matter of "close, but no cigar," Ms. Meyer. For the most part, the book reads at a similar level and with a similar feel as the first few Harry Potter books. Courageous kids, special abilities, boarding school, some real evil characters. The Little House bit of Meyer's comparison comes fr ...more
Mar 30, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Piper McCloud is a girl who just can’t keep her feet on the ground - literally. Kept secret from the world by her fearing mother she can hardly stop herself from flying whenever she is alone. Trouble starts however when she flies to catch a fly ball during a town picnic. Soon she finds herself whisked away by a secret government facility dedicated to training and educating special young people. The facility looks like a dream place to be for Piper, but underneath something about the place does n ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Akin to The Angel Experiment, The Girl with the Silver Eyes and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Girl Who Could Fly is a riveting fantasy with deep elements of friendship and freedom woven into the plot.
Dec 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
I loved this book! It was a fun, fast read (just over 1 day for me) and I loved Piper. She was adventurous and not afraid to be true to herself. I loved that she insisted on doing the right thing, even when it was dangerous. The school that Piper goes to does remind you a little of X-Men, but there's no Professor Xavier in this book. This was Forester's first book and I hope she writes more. Kids would love this book as well as adults.
Another recommendation from a student, I read this book in a day. There were aspects about the book I liked -- I was hooked in from the start and wanted to know what was going to happen all the way through -- but also parts that were just so, I don't know, fluffy??? Plus, I'm just really not a fan of most fantasy, so this one was going to be a hard sell for me right from the start. I didn't abandon it, so that's a pretty good rating from me right there. I'd recommend it to fantasy lovers, but I ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is and always will be my comfort book 💕

Makes me long for flying powers and an adorable southern accent
Jul 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I expected this to be something TOTALLY different than it was. The cover presents a "Farmgirl flies and dreams and finds friendship" type image. But the book ends up being a sci-fi fantasy akin to a Hollywood blockbuster like "Independence Day." This is appropriate since the author lists herself as a screenwriter.

A book with a message akin to Stargirl : To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle whi
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