The Girl Who Could Fly [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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.

Praise for Victoria Forester and The Girl Who Could 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, author of 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

The Girl Who Could Fly is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Ashleigh Larsen
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. Once her "gift" goes public, news crews from around the world camp out in her family's fields in the Low Country. When a government agency comes to take Piper away, saying that they help all sorts of children with exceptional gifts, Piper does not realize that she will be attending a place that has harsher punishments than her parents could ever enforce—and she still isn't allowed to fly. It is in this underground clinic that Piper determines to find the truth, while helping the others, and herself, escape the evils that entrap them. 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. Reviewer: Ashleigh Larsen
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8

Somewhere in the U.S., in a small farming community called Lowland County, a girl named Piper McCloud is born to a simple, God-fearing farmer and his wife. Piper has a special talent: she can fly. What follows is an uneasy mix of fantasy and science fiction that has plot points that are fairly derivative. 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. Character development is achieved by the author telling, not showing, readers, and speech patterns are not always successful. Piper's rural, colloquial manner of speech seems out of place in a time period that appears to be present day and borders on caricature, especially when she utters phrases such as, "Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit!" The writing style is clunky, and the author strives to be clever with wordplay. For example, the evil director of the school is named Dr. Letitia Hellion, and the German professor, whose accent is almost unintelligible, is named Dr. Mumbley. The acronym for the school, or institute, is I.N.S.A.N.E. (Institute of Normalcy, Stability, and NonExceptionality). The book ends with the kids taking over the school, and the affirmation of everyone's differences, and everyone's right to "be themselves." Libraries looking for engaging fantasy will want to look elsewhere.-Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp, MD

Kirkus Reviews
With homespun charm, Forester focuses on the extraordinary Piper McCloud, daughter of an elderly couple who worry that revealing her gift of flight will put her in danger-with good reason. After Piper's first attempt to play baseball at a Fourth of July celebration results in a spectacular exhibit of her unique talent, Letitia Hellion's helicopter and black sedans show up to whisk her to a special school. At I.N.S.A.N.E., the Institute of Normalcy, Stability And Non Exceptionality, Letitia introduces Piper to classmates with equally unusual talents. The facility harbors many secrets, some unpleasant, many horrifying and none more unusual than genius Conrad Harrington III, rejected son of a powerful politician. 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. (Fantasy. 9-12)
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“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

The Twilight Saga Stephenie Meyer

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.
starred review Booklist

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.
The Horn Book 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429986366
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 6/24/2008
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 56,427
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 251 KB

Meet the Author

Victoria Forester is a successful screenwriter, and originally wrote The Girl Who Could Fly for film. She liked the story so much that she decided to expand it into her first book. Victoria grew up on a remote farm in Ontario, Canada, and graduated from the University of Toronto. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and cat.


Victoria Forester is the author of The Girl Who Could Fly, a Booklist Editor's Choice and Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year. She is also a successful screenwriter, and originally wrote The Girl Who Could Fly for film. She liked the story so much that she decided to expand it into her first book. Victoria grew up on a remote farm in Ontario, Canada, and graduated from the University of Toronto. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and cat.
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Read an Excerpt


Piper decided to jump of the roof. It wasn’t a rash decision on her part. This was her plan—climb to the top of the roof and pick up speed by running from one end all the way to the other. Jump off. Finally, and most importantly, don’t fall. She didn’t make plans in the event that she did fall, because if you jump off the roof of your house and land on your head, you really don’t need any plans from that point on. Even Piper knew that. So that’s what she did. She jumped clean off her roof. But before we get to what happens next, you’ll probably need to know a thing or two about a thing or two. . . .
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Reading Group Guide

Discussion Questions

1. Why does the author give Piper the special ability of flying?

What does this skill symbolize in the context of the story?

2. On page 7, Piper tries to confide in her father that she has "an itch"

that she can't get at. What is this itch, and why don't her parents

understand?

3. Early in the book, Piper talks about her purpose in life. What is

this purpose? What is the purpose for Mr. and Mrs. McCloud?

What about Dr. Hellion?

4. Before Piper leaves for I.N.S.A.N.E., her father presents her with a

wooden bird that he carved. What does the bird represent?

5. The school Piper goes to is called I.N.S.A.N.E., the Institute of

Normalcy, Stability, And NonExceptionality. Think about the

words that make up the acronym. Do they make up an idea that

could be considered insane?

6. After a difficult start at I.N.S.A.N.E., Piper has an easy time making

friends with most of the other kids. Why is she more well-liked at

I.N.S.A.N.E. than in Lowland County? How might the other kids at

I.N.S.A.N.E. have been treated at home before they came to

I.N.S.A.N.E.?

7. Why does Dr. Hellion pay special attention to Piper? Has Piper

become a special threat to Dr. Hellion, when the other kids

have not?

8. Dr. Hellion talks about her little brother and sister. How has this

tragic event in Dr. Hellion's past made her who she is today?

Why wasn't she ever able to accept who she truly is?

9. When Conrad goes from being Conrad Harrington III to just

plain Conrad, how does this changes him? Would he have been

able to move on with his life if this change never happened?

10. In what ways do the McClouds change Conrad for the better, and

in what ways does Conrad change the McClouds?

11. If you could have any super-power like the kids in this book, what

would it be? And how would you use it to help other people?

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  • Posted July 13, 2009

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    Didn't want to put it down!

    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!!

    133 out of 139 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    FABULOUS!

    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.

    52 out of 66 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2010

    The Girl Who Could Fly

    Did you know that almost everybody is unique in what they do? Well, I do and I know tons of people who are very special. Even I'm special in something I do!
    Ever since Piper was just 2 years old she could fly 2 feet in the air. Piper lived in Lowland County. There, she was raised by Mr. and Mrs. McCloud. Betty (Piper's mom) could be nice, could be strict, and cared for Piper's talent. Joey (Piper's dad) was sweet to Piper and Betty, was very responsible and caring,too.
    One day, Piper was so close to flying off of a 15 foot roof! Dangerous, right? Well, after about a week, a caring lady named Dr. Hellion, who wanted to help Piper, took Piper to a school called I.N.S.A.N.E. - a school for kids that are special and have super powers!!! Piper then had some trouble getting used to the school until she met Bella.
    Bella is a deeply sweet girl who loves flowers & can do magical things to keep them safe & sound.
    Finally, Piper realizes that Dr. Hellion is trying to kill the kids by destroying them by giving them drugs from needles. Then, all the kids try to escape as fast as a lightning bolt.
    Piper & the kids at I.N.S.A.N.E. remind me of my friends who play soccer. Just like the kids at I.N.S.A.N.E. have super powers & are unique my 2 friends are unique too! They both are fantastic at soccer. Also, I am unique for my dancing. I am very unique at dancing!! My favorite dance move is popping. The Girl Who Could Fly is written by: Victoria Forester. Victoria grew up on a remote farm in Ontario, Canada. After graduating from the University of Toronto, her passion for storytelling led her to write & direct a short film was completed for the CBC. Victoria made a film called The Pony's Tale, which aired on Global Television. The famous independent film producer, Roger Corman, mentored Victoria and gave her the opportunity starring Richard Grieco and Corben Bernsen. This was soon followed by Macon County Jail with David Carradine and Ally Sheedy, and Cry of the White Wolf for the Disney Channel. The Girl Who Could Fly began as a screenplay that was optioned by Paramount Pictures. Victoria loved the story so much she decided to write it as a book as well. It is her very first book but she looks forward to the opportunity of writing many, many more. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, newborn daughter and ridiculously orange cat, Rufus.
    I recommend you to read this book. It will change the ways you feel about things and it will warm your heart life one of grandma's toasty hugs.

    Do you think that Piper & the kids at I.N.S.A.N.E. can get out & live a successful life? Then, come read The Girl Who Could Fly and see what happens!!

    45 out of 58 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    Reviewed for school paper

    Piper has alway flown. Even as a small child she hovered a few

    Inches off the ground. Piper is not allowed to go to school. She

    Is not allowed in the gereral public. Why? Because she can fly.

    "Its the mark of the devil!" Is what her mom thinks, as well as

    The whole town. When a hellicopter comes claiming there is a

    Special institute for children with gifts like hers, she jumps at

    The chance. Was that the most deadly mistake? Maybe.

    At first the institute is fasinating and inviting, but little does she

    Know how many dark secrets it holds. Will she make it? Maybe

    Find out in this brilliantly written and extremely addictive

    Novel that i fell in love with. (Check out my fav book EVER pendragon, D. J. MacHale)

    31 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Just Amazing

    The Girl Who Could Fly is the most heart touching story I have ever read in my whole life. I can't describe how much I love this book in writing. It's a story you'll never forget.

    23 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    I love this book

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    19 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2011

    AWESOME!

    100% AWESOME

    19 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2010

    Thought Provoking

    I thought this was an excellent read. It's very easy to read. The characters are very dynamic. You will fall for Piper McCloud. She's original and upbeat. A personality I've never seen before. The storyline is really odd, but interesting at the same time. I thought it was worth the time to read.

    17 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2009

    Excellent story telling for the whole family!

    Two of my triplet daughters and I are avid readers, and we all enjoyed this book immensely. The main characters were worth rooting for, and the story-line was exciting; definitely a page-turner! This is a feel-good, must-share, full of wonder kind of book - the best kind!

    17 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Read this book!

    Back when I read this a couple of years ago, it reminded me of how interesting an lively reading could be. Its a must read. Victoria should definately make a sequel and it should definately be made into a movie.

    16 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    More!

    Oh my gosh! I absolutely L-O-V-E this book! It is definetely one of my faves. Victoria Forester, if you're reading this, PLEASE make another one! I'm begging you! Anyone who hasen't read this book, PLEASE do! If you don't absolutely love it, that's fine, but I'M saying that it was AMAZING!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2009

    Great story!

    The Girl Who Could Fly was a great book. I read the book in two days because it was so hard to put down. I wouldn't call the book a life-changing book, but it was a fun, quick-read. I loved the characters, and found them very relatable. I would reccommend this book to people who want a good book with a good story.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Must read!

    Best book ever! You have to read this book.It's so exiting. You never know what's going to hapen next.

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Awesome Read!

    I first read this book over a year ago, and truely enjoyed it. I decided to buy it here for another round. If only the author had any other books... I'll be waiting haha.

    7 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    Luv It

    I got this book from my school library, because it was an Iowa Childrens Choice book and I thought it looked really good. Was I right? DEFINTLEY YES! It was one of the best books I have ever read. It is about a girl named PiperMcCloud, and she has an extraoridinary talent: she can fly. But when the public finds out, she is sent to I.N.S.A.N.E, an institute for people with talents like her own. She thinks the place is amazing, wich, it kind of is, until she realizes what it is really meant for. Well, I'm not telling you any more, so why don't you read the book?

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Great book

    I was afraid to get because it looked childish but it is a really good book.

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    AWESOME BOOK!!!

    This book ia so good and also like a mystery. If you read this book by chapters, then it will ESPECIALLY amaze you. One oof the best books i have ever read. Please,Victoria Forester, the author, write more!!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Woah!!!!

    This book made me cry and laugh! I'm not usually into this kind of book but i LOVED it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO PIPER AND VICTORIA!!!!!!"!!

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    YAAAA I love it

    I like this book. I am 46% through the book . I am in 4th grade reading this 5th grade level book. This was a battle book in the 2010 contest. I go to muller and this book is in my school library!

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Really good

    This book was awesome i just wanna read it again and again! Its a must get.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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