When homeschooled farm girl Piper McCloud reveals her ability to fly, she is quickly taken to a secret government facility to be trained with other exceptional children, but she soon realizes that something is very wrong and begins working with brilliant and wealthy Conrad to escape.
“Piper decided to jump off the roof. It wasn’t a rash decision on her part. This was her plan: Climb to the top of the roof, pick up speed by running from one end all the way to the other. Jump off. Finally, and most importantly, don’t fall. She didn’t make plans in the event she did fall, because if you jump off the roof of your house and land on your head, you really don’t need any plans from that point on. Even Piper knew that. So that’s what she did. She jumped clean off her roof. But before we get to what happens next, you’ll probably need to know a thing or two about a thing or two…”
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Okay, another old book, but I swear this is a story you want to read if you’re a middle-grade fan.
This is seriously one of my favorite middle-grade reads of all time. It’s heartfelt, exciting, heart-wrenching and humorous all at the same time. I think my love of psychological thrillers and the YA-type world was, in-part, sparked by this book.
THE GIRL WHO COULD FLY is more than just a book about X-Men type powers. It’s about relationships. It’s about how wrong things can get, how inhumane, when people abuse power. It’s about friendship and getting to know people, all set through the eyes of people who are really just kids, but at the same time entirely aren’t. I loved getting to know each and every single one of the characters in THE GIRL WHO COULD FLY and the writing just worked with this novel. The descriptions of the labs, the teachers, the escapes, the chases, it was all spot-on. At the end, I couldn’t help but want more. Not because it was lacking, but because it was that good.
All in all, I would recommend this to all middle-grade readers. Super fun, quick read that’s great for YA audiences as well. 4.5 stars.
pg count for the paperback: 352