The Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly


Mary's life is going fine. Except for being a freshman in high school. And having anxiety attacks. And her dad having no job. So, introduce one boy who can fly, kidnap the little brother she's supposed to be babysitting, and drop a military quarantine on her town and that should make her anxiety completely disappear, right? Wrong!
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Mary's life is going fine. Except for being a freshman in high school. And having anxiety attacks. And her dad having no job. So, introduce one boy who can fly, kidnap the little brother she's supposed to be babysitting, and drop a military quarantine on her town and that should make her anxiety completely disappear, right? Wrong!
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Writing as P.T. Jones, authors Stephen Graham Jones (Flushboy) and Paul Tremblay (Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye) deliver an unusual tale that straddles the border between magic realism and weird science. Fourteen-year-old Mary’s quiet life is disrupted one summer day when a strange teenage boy invades a family birthday party before climbing a tree and simply floating off into the sky. Soon, floating becomes contagious: children and teenagers are suddenly able to fly, while adults come down with an odd variant of the flu. All Mary wants to do is cure her three-year-old brother and return things to normal, but as she spends time with the mysterious Floating Boy, they develop an unexpected relationship. Mary and her friends must face the scientist responsible for the floating epidemic, even as the army closes in to restore order. While the premise is intriguing and the execution solid, pacing lags somewhat, and the mad science angle doesn’t gel especially well with the dreamlike quality of the writing and the sheer weirdness of flying children. Nevertheless, this is an entertaining, thoughtful piece. Ages 12–up. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Mary, about to enter high school, was not expecting a cute boy to drift into her life at her little cousin's birthday party. Or to float right out of it again. But, right before her eyes, the boy floats off into the sky. While other partygoers conjure excuses for what they witnessed, Mary believes in the phenomenon. Then her little brother, Terry, starts floating too. Desperate to save Terry, Mary searches for Floating Boy to learn about what is causing the strange occurrence. Soon, her friends, and other children in town, are floating as well, but Mary remains grounded. When Terry is kidnapped by Mr. Barron, the sinister guardian of Floating Boy, the protagonist embarks on a mission to rescue her little brother, and everyone else in town, from this mad scientist. But will saving Terry result in Mary losing the boy who has sent her heart soaring? This captivating, multilayered story immediately engages readers with Mary's snarky, spunky narration. But hovering beneath the mystery of Floating Boy is the specter of Mary's mental issues: anxiety attacks caused her to miss the end of the school year. Mary lives in fear of her doctor putting her on "zombie pills" that will leave her lethargic and lifeless. Her best friend, Liv, is on suicide watch, constantly shadowing Mary to keep her from harming herself. Can Mary save the town, and herself, before it's too late? An unusual book that will enthrall young teens.—Nancy Nadig, Penn Manor School District, Lancaster, PA
Kirkus Reviews
Mary's world is turned upside down when an impossible act derails her young cousin's birthday party.A mysterious, skinny boy captures Mary's attention at her massive family's gathering. The boy goes on to attract everyone's attention when he climbs a tree and jumps, only to float up, off and away. Soon Mary's young brother begins floating as well, and when a shady man turns up asking questions, Mary is caught up in an increasingly bizarre chain of events with only one objective: protect her brother at all costs. That single-mindedness is what ultimately sinks the book: Mary's worry-wart tendency becomes her defining characteristic, without enough other personality traits to make her feel rounded. In a world where wonderful and fantastic things are happening, it's a bummer to be stuck with the one character who refuses to have a good time. Making things worse, the flying boy has even less charisma then Mary. Mary's friend Liv is a spitfire, the only bright spot in a novel that should be filled to the brim with excitement and fun. The blue mood deflates narrative interest, making the short book feel all too long. The action and romance elements are botched as well, delivered with the grace and subtlety one expects from cookie-cutter teen melodrama. Alas, this book sinks. (Fantasy. 12-16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781771481731
  • Publisher: ChiZine Publications
  • Publication date: 7/7/2015
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 807,487
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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