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Lizzie Flying Solo

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  31 reviews
A lyrical, poignant middle grade novel about embracing change, accepting help from others, and finding a place to call home. Perfect for fans of Raymie Nightingale.

Lizzie St. Claire wants to be invisible. Forced to move out of her home, she and her mom now live in a transitional housing shelter, Good Hope, until they can get back on their feet.

Lizzie just wants to keep her
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by HarperCollins
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Interest Level: 3-6; Reading Level: 6.0

Have you ever just wanted to be invisible? Do you have something in your life that you want to hide from everyone? Lizzie St. Clair is trying to do just that. After her dad was put in jail for a white collar crime, Lizzie and her mom are forced to leave their home and move into Good Hope, a hope to help people get back on their feet. After losing her friends due to her dad's crime, Lizzie just wants to be invisible with the people in their new home and her
I really enjoyed this book. I found in it my hunt for "horse" books for my 9 year old. I do think I'm going to have her read this, but there are definitely some heavy topics parents will want to be aware of so they can talk about them with their kids.

Lizzie's Dad abandoned her and her mom. He embezzled from his company and is facing jail time, and doesn't seem to care about the impact it has on his family. Because of this, their assets are frozen and they have to live in a half-way house for fa
A cute story, but I didn't feel as enthralled as with Steveson previous two books. I know I'm going to contradict other readers who said you don't need to be a horse-lover to appreciate this book, but I'm sure I would have liked it better if I were one. Can't wait for Steveson's next book to be published! Maybe it'll get me the feeling I had while reading Georgia Rules, that I strongly recommand.

5*: Sad to finish it, this book was amazing
4*: Really liked it!
3*: Liked it
2*: Fell asleep a couple o
Twelve-year-old Lizzie's normal life has been turned upside down. Her dad has been arrested for embezzling from his company, whatever that means. None of her friends talk to her anymore. Now, she and her mom have to move to Good Hope, a home for families in transition, where she and her mom share a room and then have to share a bathroom with a family still using diapers. After what happened with her friends back home, Lizzie refuses to tell anyone at her new school about her family (including wh ...more
Mari Allan
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought I was enjoying this book because of the horses. Because I could imagine myself as twelve-year-old Lizzie hiding in the woods to watch the horses and riders at Birchwood barn, longing to belong there. When I finished the book, and emerged from the joy and tears of the horse story line, I realized how much I loved the rest of it. The triumph of Lizzie and her mother over hard times. The new found friendships and belonging. The celebration of English class and poetry. Another terrific and ...more
Emily Myhren
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You don’t have to be a horse girl to adore this book.
Ms. Yingling
Jun 10, 2020 rated it liked it
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When Lizzie's father is arrested for embezzling from his company, she and her mother are not able to keep their farmhouse. They move to a nearby town where people won't know them, and end up staying in the Good Hope family shelter. Lizzie finds it stressful and challenging to keep people from finding out about her past, and takes great comfort in walking through the woods near the shelter and watching people riding in the fields of the stables there. When her mother gets
Lizzie and her Mom move to a homeless shelter (Good Hope: A Home for Families in Transition) after her father is arrested for embezzlement. Lizzie is embarrassed and not sure if her father is guilty or not and is sad to leave her home behind. At her new school, she avoids making new friends for fear they might not like her because of her family situation -- even convincing her teacher to let her work alone on a group project. Despite Lizzie’s reluctance to make connections, she ends up working a ...more
Katie Reilley
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After hearing all my nerdy friends rave about this one, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!

Lizzie and her mom are in a transitional time in their lives. Lizzie’s dad has been arrested for a financial crime, and Lizzie & her mom suddenly find themselves homeless. They move into Good Hope, a place for families in transition.

Lizzie wants to be invisible. She doesn’t want kids at her new school to learn that her dad’s in jail or about where she lives. One day walking through the woods she happen
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! I felt it was very realistic. I also appreciated Lizzie's mom - when Lizzie lied to her, she didn't blow it out of proportion or ground her. She let Lizzie explain and backed her up. She then gave her gentle advice. I hope to see more of this trend in middle grade books!

Side note: a quick google search will tell you that kids' jeans from Gucci cost about $600 retail...the toddler shoes alone are $300.

Side side note: A YA book I just finished had a secondary character
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. The 11-year-old in me fell in love with this cover from the beginning. Lizzie and her mother are in a shelter while they "get back on their feet" and there is a horse barn nearby. Lizzie already collects plastic horses and was just hours away from getting her first riding lesson when her father was arrested. Lizzie is drawn to that barn like a bee to honey. We follow Lizzie and her mother through a year of growth and change. Readers will learn and grow with Lizzie as she learns to ope ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the second book in a row that I've read by Ms. Steveson and I enjoyed it. I have to agree with the other reviews about the abundance of "horse information" but even though I know little to nothing about horses, it was still a good book. If you love horses you will definitely love this book a lot more and I wish that some of the terminology had been explained. I looked some of it up but at times it seemed like Ms. Steveson assumed that most people know about horses. That being said, I fo ...more
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, b-b, children-s
A "horse girl" story with some pretty heavy side plots. Lizzie's father has been arrested for white-collar crimes and she and her mother are staying in transitional housing with other families in crisis; a side character is a victim of child abuse. Lizzie's mom is a great character, not quite "too perfect to be real" but loving and resilient, while her dad is a believably weaselly sort of guy. It'll be an easy sell for kids, especially girls, who like horses, but Lizzie is also a poet, so there' ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lizzie and her mom find themselves suddenly homeless when Lizzie’s dad is arrested for a white-collar crime. Moving into Good Hope, a shelter for people in transition, Lizzie is lonely, devastated, and angry at her father’s betrayal. When she discovers a nearby horse farm and a spirited horse she names Fire, Lizzie finds singular focus in making him her own. Fans of gentle story of family, friendships and finding the freedom to be yourself. Hand to fans of Sharon Creech and Barbara O’Connor.

I wa
Michele Knott
What is normal? Who decides what normal is? Big questions for a middle school audience but that is exactly what our character, Lizzie, has to figure out when her life is turned upside down. With a father in jail for something that Lizzie herself doesn't quite understand and having to move and live in a temporary shelter, Lizzie slowly figures out the importance of family and friends and what "normal" means. With therapy coming in the way of hard work in a stable and getting comfort from animals, ...more
Julie Kirchner
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
4.5 stars! I truly loved this book by Nanci Turner Steveson! Thank you for sharing it with #BookVoyage. I felt like Lizzie and her mother’s story is one that needs to be shared. Through no fault of their own, they are left homeless and forced to live in transitional housing when Lizzie’s father is caught committing white collar crime. It’s a story of friendship, resiliency, forgiveness, and the power in having people we can call family. This will be a big hit with horse loving readers, too. I wa ...more
Cassie Thomas
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nanci writes heart print stories. All stories that can be related to by anybody in middle grades. Lizzie and her mom have found themselves in a transition period where they are at a shelter after her father was arrested for embezzling. During this time Lizzie learns to trust again, she finds out the true meaning of home, and understands what family should be all about. I can not wait to share with my students. For readers needing courage, love horses, want a happy ending story with lessons woven ...more
Leah Pileggi
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Young readers don't have to know anything about horses to still enjoy this story. Beautifully told in an authentic young girl's voice, this is a story of inner strength and hard work and being willing to recognize different types of friendship. ...more
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lizzie’s life has turned on its head in basically every way imaginable, and her journey to find acceptance, forgiveness, and hope is absolutely incredible. I am not into horses at all (in fact they kind of freak me out) but I adored this book - and Lizzie & her mom - with all my heart.
Jessica Burkhart
Nanci Turner Stevenson both broke and mended my heart with this book. Beautiful, real and full of horse-goodness. I smiled through tears while reading some scenes. A must read!
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm working to build a diverse library for my 5th grade students. This book would be a great addition! ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A favorite!
Deb Aronson
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author clearly knows a TON about horses, barns, riding, etc. That made it extra fun and got me thinking about what I know in that level of detail that someone might like to read about...
Lisa Sassi
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely amazing.
Gabrielle Rummell
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love horse book, such a great story
Elizabeth Appenheimer
Touches on a lot of topics that aren't really talked about, but will always be relevant. Well worth the read. ...more
Jul 31, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019-new
Stephanie Tevebaugh
This book was just a little too horsey for my taste, but it was a good story and perfect for a girl into horses. Well written and a good message.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2019, read2020
I love this book. It is such a good read and makes you feel a lot of feelings. I loved Lizzie, Kennedy, Bryce and really every character except for Mr. McDaid. Promise and Fire were lovely. I would LOVE a sequel to find out more of Lizzie St.Clair's future. I recommend. ...more
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Nanci grew up in Connecticut, England and Texas, always with a book in one hand, the reins of a pony in the other. She wrote her first “novel” at the age of nine, which she uses to teach young writing students never to give up, no matter the odds. After raising her two sons in Maryland, Nanci made her dream come true by moving to a historic cabin in a meadow in Jackson Hole, WY. Aside from writing ...more

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