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Fly Away


Fly Away

Secrets. Everybody has one. And talents. Everyone has one of those, too. Discovering your talents and learning about secrets (when/who to tell and what happens when you do/don’t tell) are both part of growing up.

Grandma Frankie lives in a house in North Dakota, and her daughter, Maggie is worried about her --- it’s been raining for days and Maggie remembers the dangers of floods from her own childhood. Therefore, Maggie and her daughter, Lucy, go to visit Grandma Frankie --- even though she says she doesn’t need or want their help.

Patricia MacLachlan’s stories always speak to the soul. This one was no exception.

Lucy has a secret about her brother, Teddy, but nobody knows it. She also has a talent, but she doesn’t know it --- yet. Her experiences at Grandma Frankie’s teach her about the importance of secrets and how to discover her talents. Lucy also learns about the importance of family: “Family means offering help when it’s not asked for, accepting help when you think you don’t need it, sharing joys, keeping secrets, and singing your song."

Patricia MacLachlan is the author of many novels and picture books. Her book, SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL was a Newbery Medal award-winner. I have read of couple of MacLachlan’s books. Her stories always speak to the soul. This one was no exception. Her writing is powerful. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though I was choking back tears near the end. I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did.

Reviewed by Christine Irvin on April 11, 2014

Fly Away
by Patricia MacLachlan

  • Publication Date: April 8, 2014
  • Genres: Children's, Fiction
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • ISBN-10: 1442460083
  • ISBN-13: 9781442460089