Fly Away

Fly Away

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by Nora Rock
     
 

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After a member of her competitive cheerleading team is injured in practice, sixteen-year-old Marnie is asked to be a flyer-the most coveted role in cheerleading. The Soar Starlings team has a real shot at the provincial championship, and Marnie has only a few weeks to prepare. But as she scrambles to polish her lifts and throws, Marnie's personal life begins to

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After a member of her competitive cheerleading team is injured in practice, sixteen-year-old Marnie is asked to be a flyer-the most coveted role in cheerleading. The Soar Starlings team has a real shot at the provincial championship, and Marnie has only a few weeks to prepare. But as she scrambles to polish her lifts and throws, Marnie's personal life begins to unravel. First, her boyfriend of two years breaks up with her, and then her best friend Arielle, captain of the Starlings, disappears during a team trip to Toronto. As Marnie struggles to adjust to being both a flyer and the team's new captain, she realizes that, to be a leader, you have to let go of old alliances to make room in your life for new ones.

Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"The novel will appeal to younger girl readers, especially those interested in cheerleading…Readers will identify with Marnie's struggles to fit in with the squad and her struggle to be a leader and assume the role of team captain in Arielle's absence."
Booklist Online
"The mystery is timely and fast paced."
Teen Space Blog
"An AMAZING book... must read!"
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
"[An] enjoyable read...aimed at teen audiences, [and] written at a level accessible to most students. I can't recommend the Orca series' enough."
Children's Literature - Amanda MacGregor
Sixteen-year-old Marnie wants nothing more than to be a flyer on her cheerleading team, the Soar Starling All-Stars. When a teammate is injured, Marnie gets her wish, but discovers she may not be cut out for the job. The anxiety over potentially getting cut from the team weighs on Marnie. As if that is not enough, Liam, her boyfriend, and Arielle, her best friend, both start to act strange. Liam seems distant and moody, while Arielle appears secretive and preoccupied. While on a cheerleading field trip to Toronto, Arielle disappears. Because it looks like she ran away, and is not a minor, no one seems to be doing a whole lot to track her down. Marnie and a "frenemy" from the team do their own detective work to try and track her down. This volume of the "Orca Sports" series is certainly suspenseful, but the poor plotting and gaps in the story are distracting. The story line about Liam's mood swings and probable depression feels unnecessary and unresolved. Arielle's disappearance is mysterious and the artist who is "mentoring" her is definitely an unsavory character. However, the narrative makes it seem like it is no big deal that Arielle has dropped out of school and ditched her whole life to be with this artist. Additionally, readers looking for a strong sports story will need to look elsewhere, as the cheerleading seems to only serve the role of linking some characters together and getting them to Toronto. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Marnie is given a coveted position on her cheerleading squad when another teammate is injured. While trying frantically to prepare for a championship competition, she has boyfriend issues, worries about her best friend's relationship with an older man, and must deal with her changing role on the squad. While in some ways a typical story dealing with changing relationships in the teen years, Fly Away features an interesting and different subplot revolving around Marnie's best friend's decision to drop out of her final semester of high school to focus on an art career. While characters are somewhat stock and two-dimensional, the book offers up few easy answers, leaving some issues to be resolved in readers' own minds. This short novel will appeal to reluctant readers and enthusiasts of nontraditional sports.—Natasha Forrester, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554693139
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Series:
Orca Sports Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
HL610L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 18 Years

Read an Excerpt

"I wonder," I said quietly, mustering every ounce of courage that I had, "whether setting a vicious dog on two young girls is the kind of dangerous act that might make a judge rethink a bail order."

Benedict slid his chair back with a squeal. "I don't have to listen to this," he said. "You girls are treading a fine line. Very fine. One little push, and who knows where you'll fall."

"Oh," I said, "don't worry about us. We're cheerleaders. We have very good balance."

Meet the Author

Nora Rock is a college professor and freelance writer. The author of a dozen textbooks for high school, community college and university, Nora specializes in writing about the law for non-lawyers like police officers, social workers and health-care professionals. She lives in Ajax, Ontario, with her husband and two sons.

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Fly Away 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves this book. She is almost done reading it. She said it is the perfect for ages 11 and up. If you like cheer, you will love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago