The Girl Who Could Fly

Victoria Forester

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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 leave her parents’ farm to attend a top-secret, maximum-security school for kids with exceptional abilities.
 
School is great at first with a bunch of new friends whose skills range from super-strength to super-genius. (Plus all the homemade apple pie she can eat!) But Piper is special, even among the special. And there are consequences.
 
Consequences too dire to talk about. Too crazy to consider. And too dangerous to ignore.
 
At turns exhilarating and terrifying, Victoria Forester’s debut novel has been praised by Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight saga, as "the oddest/sweetest mix of Little House on the Prairie and X-Men...Prepare to have your heart warmed.” The Girl Who Could Fly is an unforgettable story of defiance and courage about an irrepressible heroine who can, who will, who must . . . fly.
 
Praise for Victoria Forester and The Girl Who Could Fly:
 
"It's the oddest/sweetest mix of Little House on the Prairie and X-Men. I was smiling the whole time (except for the part where I cried). I gave it to my mom, and I’m reading it to my kids—it’s absolutely multigenerational. Prepare to have your heart warmed.” Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight saga
 

"In this terrific debut novel, readers meet Piper McCloud, the late-in-life daughter of farmers...The story soars, just like Piper, with enough loop-de-loops to keep kids uncertain about what will come next....Best of all are the book’s strong, lightly wrapped messages about friendship and authenticity and the difference between doing well and doing good."--Booklist, Starred Review

 
“Forester’s disparate settings (down-home farm and futuristic ice-bunker institute) are unified by the rock-solid point of view and unpretentious diction… any child who has felt different will take strength from Piper’s fight to be herself against the tide of family, church, and society.”--The Horn Book Review
 
The Girl Who Could Fly is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Piper decided to jump of the roof. It wasn’t a rash decision on her part.      This was her plan—climb to the top of the roof and 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 that 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.

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“It’s the oddest/sweetest mix of Little House on the Prairie and X-Men. I was smiling the whole time (except for the part where I cried). I gave it to my mom, and I’m reading it to my kids—it’s absolutely multigenerational. Prepare to have your heart warmed.” —Stephenie Meyer, The Twilight Saga

*"In this terrific debut novel, readers meet Piper McCloud, the late-in-life daughter of farmers...The story soars, just like Piper, with enough loop-de-loops to keep kids uncertain about what will come next....Best of all are the book’s strong, lightly wrapped messages about friendship and authenticity and the difference between doing well and doing good."--Booklist, Starred Review
 
“Forester’s disparate settings (down-home farm and futuristic ice-bunker institute) are unified by the rock-solid point of view and unpretentious diction… any child who has felt different will take strength from Piper’s fight to be herself against the tide of family, church, and society.”--The Horn Book Review

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Victoria Forester

Victoria Forester is a successful screenwriter, and originally wrote The Girl Who Could Fly for film. She liked the story so much that she decided to expand it into her first book. Victoria grew up on a remote farm in Ontario, Canada, and graduated from the University of Toronto. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and cat.

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Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Booklist Editors' Choice, Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Master List, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award, OR Battle of the Books Master List, Tennessee Intermediate Volunteer State Book Award Master List, Utah Beehive Book Award Master List

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June 2008
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312374624
ISBN10: 0312374623
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7 Information for Librarians

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F&P Level A-Z: V

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February 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312602383
ISBN10: 0312602383
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 352 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 920LL
AR Quiz Number: 116937 EN
AR Book Level: 3.5
AR Points: 2

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June 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429986366
ISBN10: 1429986360
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7
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