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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,365 ratings  ·  229 reviews
While visiting her father in hospital, 13 year-old Isla meets Harry, the first boy to understand her and her love of the outdoors. But Harry is ill, and as his health fails, Isla is determined to help him in the only way she knows how.
Paperback, 260 pages
Published January 4th 2010 by Chicken House (first published January 1st 2010)
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Maggie Stiefvater
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This one is by the same author who wrote STOLEN (which you’ll recall that I adored). FLYAWAY is actually her first novel, published second in the states, and it’s a middle grade novel. Basically, it’s about a girl who becomes determined to reunite a lost swan with its flock after the girl’s father has a heart attack. Anyway, here are five reasons to read it:

1. It’s soft and sweet. The image of a feather comes to mind, even though this book is about a girl coping with the idea that her father and
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ava by: Nessa
One of the reasons I love Lucy Christopher's books so much are because they're real. She knows that the teenagers reading her books aren't stupid, and instead of treating her younger teenage readers like they're nine, she gives us a novel that can be read by anyone.

Seeing as the narrator of FLYAWAY is a thirteen year-old girl, Lucy Christopher could've written a juvenile middle-grade book with ridiculously simple writing and stiff dialogue. But she didn't. Lucy Christopher knows teenagers; she k
Jul 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Stolen was one of the first books I ever reviewed and I absolutely fell in love with Christopher’s dreamy, lyrical prose and well-defined characters. I had put off reading Flyaway as I was nervous the book would never live up to Stolen, which I loved. Though I wouldn’t say Flyaway quite had the same impact on me as Stolen did (though I think it would be almost impossible for another book to be as intense as Stolen is) I really did enjoy Flyaway and am still a huge fan of Christopher’s writing.

Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, animals
This is an emotional and heartwarming read about family, friendship and helping others, including birds. My eight year old niece even read some of it to me, and seemed to enjoy it too.
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Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
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I’d read Lucy Christopher’s debut novel, Stolen and was completely captured by it. The tension, the characters, the psychology. I knew coming into her second novel, Flyaway, that it wouldn’t have the same punch as a book about a girl getting kidnapped, but I was stoked to see what else Christopher could do.

This book is not big. It’s little. It’s quiet. In a way, it reminds me of Jane Austen. Not that it is a satire, but that it depicts life on a small canvas. I
Brandi Kosiner
Aug 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
After reading Lucy Christopher’s book Stolen, I knew I had to read the rest of what she wrote as well. I was not disappointed by the next book I chose by her. Flyaway is a touching, uplifting, and all around wonderful story.

A young girl - Isla (pronounced like eye-lah) - narrates this story that begins with her and her father going out early in the morning - like they do every year - to watch the whooping swans when they return to the nearby wetlands preserve, marking the start of winter. But th
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Flyaway is only Lucy Christopher's second book, but already it feels like I've been reading her words for years. It's completely different to her debut novel, Stolen, but is just as good, if not better. This story is told by Isla, a teenage girl with a love for all types of birds. When her father is taken to hospital, it's there she meets a boy called Harry Brambling. Isla and Harry discover a swan out on the lake, and before they know it, everything changes.

Isla is an engaging narrator, with a
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uk-author
Lucy Christopher’s sophomore novel, Flyaway, is just as breathtakingly beautiful as her first. Though in a very different way.

Flyaway is written in such fluid prose that it takes you right into the heart of Isla’s world. I felt like I was watching the swans with Isla and her dad, riding to the hospital with her in the middle of the night and sitting with her while she started to make the best school project in history. Lucy Christopher captured an air of sadness with her soft, subtle prose. But
Vaishnavi Kavoori
Flyaway by Lucy Christopher is about a 13-year-old girl named Isla. Isla's father falls when they are racing across the fields, following the swan flying into winter at the lake like they do every year. At the hospital, Isla meets Harry, who is fighting against cancer. Outside the hospital windows, Isla watches a lone swan struggling to fly. Isla thinks that is she could help the lost swan to fly and lead her back to her flock, everything will be good again.

My favorite part of the book was when
Allissa Hartman
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was definitely a page turner. When I first got the book I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did. The book Flyaway was an amazing short read, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes true emotion in a book. One thing I loved about the book was the relationship between the main character, Isla and her father. The true emotion that author, Lucy Christopher, put into the story is unreal.
In the book Isla’s father goes through a heart attack which takes a huge toll on their fam
Michelle Wren
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was beautifully written with lots of great visuals and an aching story line. Slight spoilers, but I expected to be in tears at the end and was not, so I was pleased, though sometimes the books that rip your heart out are the ones that stick with you the most.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a very sweet and altogether a fairly enjoyable story. I did feel that some of it was a little random but overall it was quite enjoyable. I did feel that the suspense could've been used more effectively. 3 stars
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I had read Lucy Christopher's "Stolen" and was eager to read her next book. This did not disappoint. The story is rich with well-developed characters about whom you come to care deeply. Isla, the main character, is a young teen who shares with her dad an intense interest in birding, and in watching wild whooper swans as they migrate into England for the winter. She and her dad are following a flock of swans as they migrate in, when he suffers a heart attack. As she and her family anxiously hover ...more
Georgie R
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teen Girls
Plot: One cold winter mourning, Dad gets sick - and goes into hospital. It's there I meet Harry, with his scruffy hair and firefly eyes. From his window we watch a wild swan on the frozen lakes outside. There's something different about her, truly different. Almost magical. Perehaps, if we can help her, everything else will begin to make sense.

Review: There were 3 major themes to this book: Family, Swans and Harry. The book itself was suprisingly captivating and I even found myself crying towar
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals, ncbla
Thirteen-year-old Isla and her father share a deep love for the swans that spend winter on the nearby lakes, chasing after them so they can tell where they have landed. But on one of their jaunts, her father becomes ill and is hospitalized. While visiting him, Isla meets Harry, who has leukemia and is waiting for a bone marrow transfusion. They bond over their shared interest in one swan that Harry can see from his window, a swan that became separated from the others and seems unsure how to fly. ...more
Liza Wiemer
Jan 15, 2012 added it
Shelves: arc, bea
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.

Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
Isla and her Dad share a love for watching swans return to local ponds each year. This year, however, Isla sees that her father isn't quite himself. When he falls to the ground with a heart attack, Isla's quick action calling for help gets him to the hospital in time to save him. Dad has to have a heart-valve replacement, and during his stay, Isla meets Harry, a cancer patient who is waiting for for a bone-marrow transplant. Throughout Isla's worries, she concentrates on the swans and on a very ...more
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
While the ideas presented in this book are interesting, I rated it at 2 stars. It is not the subject matter itself (which is heavy), but the writing which was heavy-handed. Perhaps because it is written as a children's book, some of the symbols and allusions were written to be extra obvious, but I think a lighter (not as in comedic, but as in deft) touch would have worked better. It felt as if the author were shining spotlights on certain character names and plot events and shouting "LOOK AT THI ...more
I didn't really know anything about this one, just that it had good reviews and just recently made it onto ALSC's Notable Children's Books list. So I picked it up. And now that I am done, I can absolutely see why it was on the notable list. This book is absolutely brilliant and beautiful. Sometimes when I read a book where things are really up in the air, I want to sneak a peek at the ending to see if all of the characters are going to make it. But I wasn't tempted even once while reading this o ...more
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book knocked me over. It's full of beautiful imagery about swans and birds, freedom and hope. Isla and her father take special delight in following the swans as they migrate from Iceland every year to a lake near their home. This year their flight has become dangerous because of a power plant and at the same time her father suffers a heart attack while they go looking for swans. In the hospital, Isla meets Harry, a talkative, interesting young patient awaiting a bone marrow transplant. In s ...more
Jul 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Being a bird person, I thought I would love this book because it's about a girl who loves swans. It's a good story and tackles some tough subjects for kids like the near-death of a parent and chronic illness of a kid. BUT IF I READ ANOTHER BIRD/FLYING/FLOCK/SWAN METAPHOR IN THE NEXT 6 MONTHS I'M GONNA FREAK OUT! If she'd taken out a few of those, it could have been about 100 pages shorter and twice as good.
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not as exciting or unusual as Stolen A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher , but I thoroughly enjoyed this teenage girl's interactions, both in reality and in her dreams, with the injured swan and her flock. The whoopers in the natural world were the perfect contrast to the hospital scenes and Christopher includes some lovely romance for the YA reader too. ...more
Jessica Tucker
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness! I absolutely loved this book! It was so wonderful and special and touching! It played with all of my emotions and I could not read it fast enough! The ending was just so loving and touching! Excuse my loss for words. It was just perfect! I loved every single second of it! Definitely one of my favorites and a book I want to own!
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a nice coming of age story. I loved how connected Isla was with her dad and granddad! The relationship that Isla develops with the swan was also amazing! The relationship that humans develop with nature is so awe-inspiring and powerful.
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I could not put it down. It was soooo sweet and a really good book too. Not just some typical cheesy love story about a cancer patient. I would recommend it to anyone.
Riana (RianaInTheStacks)
I really enjoyed this book! I listened to it in my car with a book on CD and I couldn't wait to get back in my car just to listen to more of it.
Ioanna Books
I loved it :) it's a really good book :)
Aishani Pawar
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Have you ever found yourself in a dangerous situation because of a hobby you love so much? Well, that is exactly what happens to Isla and her father in the book Flyaway by Lucy Christopher. Both, Isla and her father, share this fascination with swans. Every time the swans migrate, the two of them go to their nearby lake to just watch them. Except this particular migration wasn't going to be pretty. As Isla and her father was chasing the swans, her father had a heart attack. While she was going t ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Up front, I will say that I purchased this book based on the number of starred reviews and the words "lyrically written". What can I say? I don't have enough time on this earth to spend reading things that aren't worth reading and I am smitten by beautiful writing. I can't say enough negative things about books where there is so much emphasis on death and dying--in a realistic fiction book. Maxi's Secret just about took me out and after reading three novels about Hurricane Katrina and my beloved ...more
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Lucy Christopher was born in Wales but grew up in Australia. She obtained an Undergraduate degree at Melbourne University. She moved to the UK to earn a distinction in a Creative Writing MA from Bath Spa University. The novel she wrote for this class, The Long Flight, was picked up by a publisher under a new name of FLYAWAY.

Lucy’s debut novel, Stolen, was written as part for her PhD degree. Stolen

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