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Christopher, Lucy: Flyaway.

[a] ** CHRISTOPHER, Lucy Flyaway Chicken House, 2010 314pp $16.99 pbk ISBN 9781905294763 SCIS 1446253

Flyaway is a story not to be hurried: A gently unfolding, quietly evocative meditation on the fragilities and resilience of the natural world, families, friendships--life itself. Isla and her Dad share a passion for birds, particularly the wonderful whooping swans that migrate to a lake near her home every year but this year things are different: The swans are unable to come to the lake, Isla's Dad ends up in hospital and she meets Harry. From Harry's window in the hospital they are able to watch a lone, wild swan on the lake outside, unable to fly; the bird's plight in a sense mirroring the struggle for survival from within the hospital walls. But then Isla has an idea--a flight of fancy--that gives her hope, maybe if she can help the swan learn to fly and find its flock she might also discover the magic to help Harry and her Dad get better. Flyaway is a beautifully written story that will capture and linger in the minds of its readers. Highly recommended 13+. MC

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Author:Capp, Meredith
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Date:Feb 1, 2011
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