Fly Away (Paperback)
Lucy is the narrator of this gem of a story. She, 2 younger siblings, their parents and 3 chickens are off to North Dakota for their annual visit to their aunt at the old homestead, even though it's the rainy season and the river floods during the rainy season.The river keeps rising- how high will it go? Will everyone be alright?Fly Away effortlessly caught me up and I never wanted it to end.What a joy to read a book full of family members who treat each other with respect, humor and true affection.Fly Away is a gentle and emotionally powerful book full- to- overflowing with love.I cannot recommend it highly enough. It's perfect for the mid-grade reader, though don't be surprised if older kids and adults fall in love with it, too." ~ Jocelyn
— Jocelyn is one of our top children's book experts at TC
I've loved Patricia MacLachlan since I first laid eyes on Sarah, Plain and Tall. So when this book showed up on my desk, I could barely wait. This is a lovely family story about keeping secrets in a lot of ways, and the power of being a family. It seems like a simple story, but there is a lot going on between the words. Another beautiful tale from a very talented children's author." ~ Jackie
— Jackie is our top book blogger at Tattered Cover & reads across genres
From the Newbery Award–winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall comes a story about one brave girl who saves her family from losing everything. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly calls this lyrical tale “melodic, poetic, and enchanting.”
Everyone in Lucy’s family sings. Opera. Rap. Lullabies. Everyone, except Lucy. Lucy can’t sing; her voice won’t come out.
Just like singing, helping Aunt Frankie prepare for flooding season is a family tradition—even if Frankie doesn’t want the help. And this year, when the flood arrives and danger finds its way into the heart of Lucy’s family, Lucy will need to find her voice to save her brother.
“Filled with little moments of quiet wisdom and gentle humor, Newbery winner MacLachlan's story about family love soars” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
About the Author
Patricia MacLachlan is the author of many well-loved novels and picture books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal; its sequels, Skylark and Caleb’s Story; Edward’s Eyes; The True Gift; Waiting for the Magic; White Fur Flying; and Fly Away. She lives in western Massachusetts.
* "MacLachlan again demonstrates a gift for combining an economy of prose with a bounty of emotion.... As befits a story in which words and music play such a central role, MacLachlan’s writing is melodic, poetic, and enchanting."
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Filled with little moments of quiet wisdom and gentle humor, Newbery winner MacLachlan’s story about family love soars."
— Kirkus, starred review
"An inviting choice..."
* "Quiet and tender, this is a story that audiences will wish took longer to read."
— Bulletin, starred review