Friday, May 21, 2010

The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester

Do you remember the first time you read a book that truly made you feel like you were participating in an attempt to better the world? The first book that comes to mind from my childhood evoking these strong emotions is The Giver by Lois Lowry. I was lucky enough to stumble across a new title, The Girl Who Could Fly, which captured my heart in much the same way.

The Girl Who Could Fly is the dark but hopeful story of a young girl named Piper McCloud. Set in a small rural town Piper has been raised by her quiet farmer father and a mother who believes in two things, the good book and providence. Piper’s family is loving, but their small town roots do not allow them to accept the differences in their daughter. And, since Piper discovers that she has the ability to fly, these differences are huge. Following the rules of her parents Piper has kept flying secret from everyone in her community until she can contain it no longer, and flies in the air to catch a ball at her town’s baseball game.

The revelation of Piper’s flying leaves her shunned by her peers, and everything about Piper’s life quickly changes. The morning after her secret is revealed news crews surround her house and a top secret government agency shows up. This agency has a secret hidden building that houses, amongst other things, a school for children with special talents like Piper’s. Excited to move forward, but sad to leave her parents, Piper agrees to attend.

Once at the school Piper makes new friends with amazing talents, but soon realizes that something sinister is afoot. With the optimism of Little Orphan Annie and the dark dystopian overtones of Shusterman’s Unwind this novel is both suspenseful and heartwarming.

Stephanie Meyer compared this book to a combination of Little House on the Prairie and The X-Men. And I have to agree that Forester does an amazing job of juxtaposing rural community life with intriguing fantasy. This is also one of those rare titles that can cross the generations. I would recommend this book to anyone age 12 and up. As an adult I truly appreciated Piper’s engrossing story, and it holds the power to remind each of us to truly embrace each other's differences. If you enjoy issue-oriented fiction that easily mixes reality and fantasy I highly recommend you check out The Girl Who Could Fly at VBPL today.

1 comment:

Carolyn said...

Great review - you put into words what I was feeling about this story!