The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester


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(Hardcover - First Edition)

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  • Pub. Date: June 2008
  • 336pp
  • Sales Rank: 692,212


  • Age Range: 9 to 12
  • Reading Level from Lexile: 920L 

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  • Pub. Date: June 2008
  • Publisher:Feiwel & Friends
  • Format: Hardcover, 336pp
  • Sales Rank: 692,212
  • Age Range: 9 to 12
  • Lexile: 920L 


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.

“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

“When her talent for flying is discovered, a charismatic director of a special school takes Piper under her wing. She arrives at an amazing place with multiple floors and discovers a lot of other kids with extraordinary powers, too—as well as a nefarious plot to remove their special talents by altering their DNA .” —Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, for School Library Journal

“Piper McCloud comes from a household that does what they do because doing otherwise would break tradition—they don't handle change well. When her conservative parents realize that Piper has the ability to fly, they forbid her to do it since it's just not their way of living. It's not quite so easy for Piper to give up flying, however….This novel is an unforgettable story that will challenge many adolescents in their quest to decide between right and wrong, good and evil. The bravery and courage of Piper McCloud will give confidence to anyone, no matter how extraordinary or ordinary their gifts may be.” —Ashleigh Larsen, KLIATT

“Plucky Piper faces nearly insurmountable odds and must keep her innate sense of right and wrong focused through her trials. This fantasy has an air of reality, maintained by the aw-shucks flavor of the dialogue and its determined, good-as-gold heroine. Hints of a sequel appear after the tidy ending of this X-Men-like superhero take on the world.” —Kirkus

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Victoria Forester is the author of The Girl Who Could Fly, which was praised as "the oddest/sweetest mix of Little House on the Prairie and X-Men" by Stephenie Meyer. Victoria lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband and their daughter.

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Didn't want to put it down!by VAL2

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July 13, 2009: In the book The Girl Who Could Fly, a young girl named Piper knows she has a special talent. She is able to fly. Her parents want her to be an ordinary girl and they do not want her to use her special talent. As the people of the town begin to question what kind of child Piper is, her parents become concerned and she is sent off to live at a top-secret school for kids with special abilities. At first the school is nice. Piper is able to eat all her favorite foods. But soon things start to turn ugly. Piper will soon come to learn that her talents are not appreciated at this school either. She and her new friends will have to fight back to save themselves. You won't want to put this book down!!

FABULOUS!by Love_2_Read11

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March 23, 2009: I enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end. It's very warming and touching. I also very much enjoyed the characters (Piper McCloud). I learned of this book from Stephenie Meyer's website (Author or Twilight Saga), so I took a chance at reading it and she was right, it was very heartfelt and was like Little House and the Prairie meets X-Men, but with a twist. This story is a stellar and I look forward to reading more of Victoria Forrester books (The Girl Who Could Fly is her first book and well worth it); please write more.

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