Winner of the CBCA Book of the Year 1990 and the Human Rights Award for Literature 1989. Seymour is lonely and on the run from a gang of kids when he meets Angiemuch older, confident, cool, and alluring. Seymour is captivated. But Angie has a secret that threatens to destroy her. A powerful account of an unlikely friendship and of addiction.
|Publisher:||Text Publishing Company|
|Edition description:||Second Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Robin Klein is one of Australia’s most popular and accomplished writers for children and young adults. Robin has had more than 40 books published. Her works have been adapted for both stage and screen. Many of her books have been shortlisted for the Australian Children's Book of the Year Award.
Simmone Howell is the author of the critically acclaimed Notes from the Teenage Underground , Girl Defective and Everything Beautiful.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I’m not sure how you’re supposed to review a book you’ve loved since your early teens, especially when you haven’t read it for about 20 years. With such high expectations and nostalgia taking hold I was worried that Came Back To Show You I Could Fly wouldn’t stand the test of time. How happily wrong I was! It was everything I remembered and more. Angie and Seymour, both lonely outcasts, took up residence in my heart way back in the early 1990’s when it was assigned reading for my English class. I can’t begin to imagine how many times I reread this book as a teenager, taking hope from what is quite a sad book on the surface. Seymour is staying for several weeks over the school holidays with Thelma, a lady who clearly has no experience caring for children, but has been basically conned into protecting Seymour from his father by his drama queen mother. Seymour is a lonely, neglected, bullied 11 year old who is so well mannered and adorable that I just want to hug and then adopt him. I was only a year or two older than Seymour at the time I first experienced this book and while I saw him as a peer at the time, I now look on him as someone I desperately want to mother. By chance Seymour winds up at Angie’s home and over the course of the novel they form a sibling/friend bond and go on adventures all over the city. Angie brings colour and excitement to Seymour’s stone grey life. Seriously, Seymour’s Mum, a stone grey pencil case is not a cool birthday present! Angie is effervescent and possibly stole someone else’s personality because she seems to have more than one person’s quota. With the ability to talk under water and regale Seymour with humourous anecdotes from her childhood, complete with impersonations, she’s a live wire. As a young teen fresh from a several year The Baby-sitters Club obsession, Angie’s dress sense reminded me of what I loved about Claudia Kishi, in particular the quirky earrings. Beneath Angie’s bravado she’s hiding a secret from Seymour. Angie is addicted to drugs. I was really naïve in this area as a kid, coming from a family where no one even drinks alcohol, so this book was my introduction into this previously unknown world. It really opened my eyes at the time and in retrospect I can trace my love of social issues YA books to this one. I can also see the signs through the book of what’s really happening in Angie’s world that I missed as a kid. What I really appreciated in my reread as an adult is how honestly Angie’s addiction is portrayed, vomit and all. Besides the suspicions Seymour has that Angie’s flu isn’t actually the flu, there is a sensitive yet heartbreaking insight into how drug addiction also affects parents, siblings and friends. While this is clearly shown with Angie’s Mum and sister, I am surprised that I never noticed before that Angie’s Dad and brother are barely even mentioned. One of the things I love about books is how they influence who you become when you let them into your soul. The awe I felt as a kid at Angie’s clothes and earrings had a huge impact on me and I have an array of weird and wonderful earrings in my collection now. Angie’s lifelong habit of naming her outfits turned into me naming my cars. My first car I actually named Angie after this character. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Text Publishing for the opportunity to renew my love of this Australian classic.
It is a great novel, and it has a lot to offer. I read it as a class novel, before i began reading the novel, I thought it would just be your everyday novel, but it was so exciting. Seymour, a young child who is experiencing a very boring holiday runs into a girl named Angie who is a teenaged drug addict. If you wanna know more.......read the book!!!!! i recommend it!! Jonty_25 I would like to say hi to Peter, Steven, Ben, Kevin, Brett, Michael, Daniel, Mat, Matthew, Christian.....and who ever else I missed out on p.s. I am a future Australian Cricket Player
The story line was exelent. I only started reading the book because I had to for a project but I got so fasanated I couldn't stop.I think it was great how they had a diary at the end of each chapter.
The book was great because once you started to read it you could not put it down.
I think the book should be recommended to any one who can read. The title is a great name for the book especially at the ending.