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Given to Fly

4.83  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  11 reviews
John Rivers is a kind and imaginative 11-year-old who is about to learn that magic not only exists, but is closer than he thinks. After strolling up a hill near his house, he finds a cliff with a cove at the bottom and a huge tree growing over the water. What’s special about this particular tree is that it currently serves as the resting spot for a house that defies logic ...more
Kindle Edition, 109 pages
Published December 1st 2018
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Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you’ve read any of J.D.’s work, you’ll know he pours himself into every thought; and Given to Fly is no different.

I love the creative world J.D. has imagined. Nothing acts the way it was meant to, but everything is the way it should be. (Read the book if you want this sentence to make any bit of sense.)

I love the references made to classic books from different eras. He’s even inserted his own work in a way which still makes me grin.

What I love most about this book are the takeaways. Kids of a
Lily Bloom
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In our current world that is filled with so much negativity and violence, J .D. Estrada's book Given to Fly is the perfect example why books and stories are magic(al), and why they will always be loved - in whatever form they reach audiences. This book is filled with so much happiness. I smiled several times while reading it, and I even got teary-eyed a little bit - happy tears. This is the kind of book I would have loved to read when I was 11 (or even younger), and a book which if I had a son o ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read somewhere that life is a living flute. Perhaps a long melodic chorus and with the words that my novelist and good friend, JD Estrada wrote, I felt that “draem” awaken in his newest masterpiece, Given To Fly. His danceable perceptions within the storyline, the discovery of character(s), the poetic reassurances and resurgences…(can’t give away too much now.) I stumbled upon pieces of my own magical thought processed self. His flow of words are like a melody, piercing the soul and pulsating ...more
Sunshine Somerville
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I smiled the entire time I read this book. It's sweet, fun, colorful, imaginative, and includes wonderful lessons for any child or adult. The wordplay often made me chuckle, and the writing proves Mr. Estrada is a poet even in prose. The story reminded me at times of "Alice in Wonderland " and at times of "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory" while always being unique as well. Great characters, fantastical adventures, beautiful language - I was hooked. This is a book I will definitely buy in paper ...more
Bianca Bowers
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story of Given To Fly was a refreshing return to the reading days of my childhood. What I mean by that is that the author relied on good old fashioned imagination and adventure to tell this story, as opposed to the fallback position of violence that is so prominent in today’s youth culture.

My favourite scene is between the kung-fu master, Hero, and the boy protagonist, John. Mostly for its ability to comment on key social and environmental issues. When Hero throws a mango pip into the valle
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars with an average of 7.75/10
My rating system:
1 star: 1.0-2.9/10
2 stars: 3.0-5.4/10
3 stars: 5.5-7.0/10
4 stars: 7.1-9.0/10
5 stars: 9.1-10/10
Rating based on: plot, characters, and writing (2x)

Plot 8/10
This book tells us the story of 11 year old John who moves to a new house and discovers a house in a tree. This house, however, is situated sideways and upon entering John has a very odd experience. This totally fits when we discover the house is called Od Manor. Almost from the moment John ente
Joanie Chevalier
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that can be read to children to make them sit still (or act out the scenes on their own). It is a delightfully imaginative story and I can definitely see this in a theater as a wonderful play. This book has it all: unique characters, adventure, life's lessons; it cues all the senses: hearing, tasting, feeling, seeing.

J.D. Estrada has a way with words: "Natasha put her hand on the strings on the lap guitar and began plucking staccato whispers of notes like melodic rain falling dow
Marilyn Ward
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full of fun and charm

A delightful and witty story of an adventurous boy who dares to dream, I enjoyed this uplifting tale where I came across familiar characters from other stories by JD Estrada
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t think a book has made me smile so much yet also taught me life lessons that I wish I could’ve learned sooner. The book gave me nostalgia for the fantasy movies I had watched when I was young. At the same time, it has more creativity and layers to it.

Just as the characters do for the young main character, John, the book talks to the reader like an equal. And I think that’s what makes it enjoyable even as an adult.

I bought this at comic con and met the author, and he signed it. In this o
D, Allyson Howlett
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the most refreshing reads I have had in a LONG time!

I am usually an epic fantasy reader fan but shifted gears to dive into this little gem. I am so glad I did! This book was a breath of fresh air for me. It was fun, quirky and at times, had me chuckling to myself at the characters dialogue.

J.D. Estrada did an excellent job of creating a complete 'Wonder Emporium' of memorable characters & compelling story about the magic of being a kid and following your dreams. It was inciteful and
Anais Chartschenko
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All of the characters- and there are a lot of them- are sympathetic and kind and lovely in their own ways. There are a lot of pop culture references hidden throughout the story, and finding them adds another layer of fun. All in all, a great story with a magical manor in an unlikely place!
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After years of working in advertising, I figured there were better ways to write fiction. Born on August 13th, I share birthdays with Alfred Hitchcock and Fidel Castro... an interesting coincidence since mom is Cuban and I love a good story.

Truth be told, ever since I was a kid I dreamt about being an inventor, I just didn't know I'd end up doing it using words. Where some people choose to invent
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