Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Book Review: The Girl Who Could Fly

"The Girl Who Could Fly" by Victoria Forester

Image result for the girl who could flyOne of the taglines on this book describes this book as Little House on the Prairie meets X-Men. I would have to say, that odd little combination is a pretty accurate description. This book is about a young girl, Piper McCloud, who discovers she has the ability to fly. As she grows, Piper develops and harnesses that ability. But not everyone around her is as thrilled as she is. Her parents keep her hidden away and home from school for years, in an effort to hide her ability to fly. Then one day, they attend a community event and as fate would have it, her ability is exposed and the fall out is just as they expected; rumors, gossip and unwanted media attention. Then Dr. Letitia Hellion comes to the rescue and invites her to stay with other children who have similar abilities in a secure and safe location. But is it really a rescue? You must read to find out!

The clever writing immediately sucked me into the story. Piper really is from Little House on the Prairie it seems, and Victoria Forester does a great job expressing a unique voice for Piper. From a young reader's perspective, this book has it all. Adventure, unique characters, super hero elements, a bad guy (lady) and a bit of mystery. 

Piper seemed a little out of place, na├»ve and old-school, of course she was isolated at home with old-fashioned parents in a very small, backwoods sort of community. The other supporting characters are more current and nicely developed. The antagonist, Dr. Hellion, also has a valid backstory. The setting is believable and fun, especially for a young reader. 

Near the end, the writing seemed to stumble and was uncharacteristic of the rest of the novel, which is unfortunate because it was right in the middle of the climax. There was also a mysterious character who shows up a few times and you're left wondering who he is and why he was even there. It leaves a loose-end like there may be more to come. But honestly, I would prefer it as a stand alone book. 

Not compelling enough to span age groups, I think it is a great book for early readers, 3-5 grade level.
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

2nd Draft

I printed out my 2nd draft of Witcherella. I must say, I am quite impressed. That's a lot of paper. That's a lot of words. That's a whole story right there and I wrote every word. Even if the words aren't always compelling or polished, I still feel pretty darn good looking at that stack of paper. 

After I printed it, I just sort of walked around the house for a while holding it close to my chest. I wrote a book! Time will tell if it's a good one. I will be handing it over to my book club on Thursday and then we'll discuss it at our April meeting. I'm nervous and excited. I can't wait to get the feedback and start on the 3rd draft. 
Regardless of where this goes, it's very fulfilling to see and hold these pages.