I know several of you have said that The Girl Who Could Fly (Scholastic) by Victoria Forester was one of your top picks from this year’s Young Hoosier Books. I suspected I would agree with you because, after all, the girl can fly! One of my favorite dreams was one I had where I could fly. And then I grew up to get my pilot’s licence.
I wasn’t disappointed. From the first line, “Piper decided to jump off of the roof. It wasn’t a rash decision on her part,” I was hooked. Piper McCloud grew up on a farm down in Lowland County with her Ma and Pa where things hadn’t changed in generations–until Piper, thta is. From her effortless floating as a baby to her ever-bubbling chatter as a girl, Piper changes everything and everyone around her.
Once Piper demonstrates her flying ability to the townspeople, it gets to be too much. The children and their parents are afraid of Piper, news crews surround the farm, and an invisible person nearly scares Piper out of her skin. Then Dr. Letitia Hellion (okay, her name gives her away) comes to the rescue and takes Piper to I.N.S.A.N.E., a school for exceptional children buried deep beneath the snow. Once again, nothing is quite what it seems, and Piper manages to transform it all.
If you haven’t discovered this homespun gem, grab a copy now to read!