The Summer I Learned to Fly

The Summer I Learned to Fly

by Dana Reinhardt
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The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt

Drew's a bit of a loner. She has a pet rat, her dead dad's Book of Lists, an encyclopedic knowledge of cheese from working at her mom's cheese shop, and a crush on Nick, the surf bum who works behind the counter. It's the summer before eighth grade and Drew's days seem like business as usual, until one night after closing time, when she meets a strange boy in the alley named Emmett Crane. Who he is, why he's there, where the cut on his cheek came from, and his bottomless knowledge of rats are all mysteries Drew will untangle as they are drawn closer together, and Drew enters into the first true friendship, and adventure, of her life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375897870
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/12/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,304,985
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

DANA REINHARDT is the author of A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life, Harmless, How to Build a House, and The Things a Brother Knows. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two daughters.

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The Summer I Learned to Fly 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mom bought me this book yesterday and im already almost done with it. Emmett is a mystery i have yet to unravel, but a lovable character all the same. Birdie has so many different feelings jumbled around in her head (one of which is for emmett) and this wondeful book is about how she figures them all out. I love how the story is written as if by a child birdies age, its very relatable being that age myself, and very easy to read. I highly reccomend this book. I LOVE IT!
WishStealer More than 1 year ago
Amazing. It's strange that Birdie is so young, only 13, and she shows you how to grow up. She unravels mysteries, like who her the driver of the silver sedan is, and about Emmet. She also learns to make sacrifices; though they seem small in her case, it shows that we need to make sacrifices for the ones we love sometimes. This book will hold you in the whole time and leave you wanting more. Read it!
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In 1986 on Euclid Avenue - before it became the posh, high-society location it is now - a person could run into the fabric store to say hello to the widow, or head into the liquor store to pick up a 'Good News' candy, before running back across the street to The Cheese Shop. Drew Robin Solo is the young girl whose Mom ran The Cheese Shop and, in 1986, Mom was busy dealing with the grand opening and dealing with the hideous health inspector who seemed to be trying his absolute best to shut the shop down before it ever even opened. Nick Drummond, a nineteen-year-old boy who Drew has a total crush on, is 'Mr. Fix-it,' and solves all of her mother's issues so that The Cheese Shop can open on time. It is a good little store and the community seems to love it but, unfortunately, the huge supermarket sells cheese a whole lot cheaper. Drew spends her summer days helping out Mom in the shop, and learning how to make the perfect pasta from Nick. She also carries around her pet rat - which was given to her as a gift at the Grand Opening of the store. The rat is called Hum, which stands for His Excellency Lord High Humboldt Fog (which, by the way, is a very fancy cheese). Other than Mom, Nick, Hum, and Swoozie - who is a woman from Wisconsin who joined The Cheese Shop team when she came to town - Drew doesn't really hang out with anyone her own age. Until. One evening Hum disappears and Drew is absolutely frantic. She races around the store and out into the alley, where she hears a voice and meets a young boy by the name of Emmett Crane - a boy who has Hum perched on his shoulder. Over the next few weeks things begin changing in young Drew's life. Her mother is coming home late from the shop; Nick has gone and found himself a girlfriend, breaking Drew's heart; and, she and Emmett Crane begin to go on 'dates' together. Emmett has secrets; Drew knows this because he can never quite answer any of her questions. But Emmett has a uniqueness about him - kind and comforting like a purely gentle soul. He shares stories with Drew until one day he shares a very strange and beautiful one that makes Drew want to help Emmett on his quest. This author has done a stunning job. During this very special summer Drew meets her first real love, gets her first taste of freedom, and even watches the Golden Gate Bridge appear in all its glory through the gray mist of morning. Her relationship with her mother matures, and the memories of her father will make all readers feel the hope, love, and regret that Drew experiences in her soul. Quill Says: The characters are beautiful, the plot is outstanding, and the words read as if a master poetess put them on paper. A Must-Read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was ten and understood every part of it.Except whenever I thought I was done with the book I didn't read the epilouge so I thought there was going to be another book after this one.Because the book said that they lept into the pond so I want to know what happened after they leaped into that pond. I want to know if thimgs went good with Emmets Dad amd I also want to know if Birdie's Mom got married to that Man that she had met. Please somebody tell me that way I don't have to actually buy the book just so I can read the epilouge
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im reading book for a book report in 10 years old and i understand every part i hope you make more books!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You wont regret it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!! Wonderfully written and tastefuly designed, this is a must read for girls of all ages!!!!!
SpartanReading More than 1 year ago
I give this book a five out of five. I would give it that rate because throughout the whole story it kept me eager to just get on the next page and get into the book deeper and deeper. Also, at the end of each chapter each one was unique and different from every single other one throughout the book. This kept me excited and motivated to keep on going with this book! The book is about a 13th year old girl named Drew, her with her mom, and a cheese shop they own. She's not very social (you could say shes's little shy) and all her friends are on summer vacation. Now she had nothing to do but to work at the cheese shop. Which leaves her all alone with her mom. She has just moved into that town just a few months back and is still trying to find the ropes to the place. All of a sudden on a summer humid night she meets a boy named Emmett Crane just around her age in the back alley of her and her moms shop. He makes her world turn upside down in a good way. Along the story her,her new friend, and her pet rat go on adventures they would never had dreamed about in there life. Emmett had gone through some tough times in his life how Drew had too. But, together in the book they let go of there dark spot in their heart and brighten it with the adventures they take on together. All a sudden her mom meets somebody and do something that could affect her daughter's whole life. Her mom was getting remarried after the death of Drew's dad a few years ago. Drew's happy that her mom met someone new. Her friend Emmett gives her origami cranes to her with something special inside that grows their friendship they have bigger and bigger. But to know what Emmett wrote in the paper crane you have to read the book. I recommend this book to teens or grades 6th to 8th graders who love stories about a good friendship,thrilling adventures they take on, and things they accomplish together in the book. In the text when Drew is grounded for going out without permission, she goes out one last time for her friend Emmett. They go to different places to find this one pond that people say is good luck. They find it and take a big leap into it. Emmett hopes/wishes good things will happen with his dad and his family because they weren't doing good at that time. When Drew hopes/wishes for her and Emmett to be good friends for a good amount of time. I also recommend this book to people who do have a truly loving friendship with there friend or to anyone with someone special in their heart. In the book it states that when Emmett gave Drew a paper crane with a note so unique inside it, she knew deep inside her heart that he would never leave her and always be there for her. Even if they are on the opposite side of the earth from each other.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This coming of age and finding yourself story is outstanding. I loved the characters and was so intrigued by Emmet. I read this book in one sitting- I'd recommend it to anyone!