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The Girl Who Could Fly ☂ The Girl Who Could Fly PDF / Epub ✐ Author Victoria Forester – You can’t keep a good girl downunless you use the proper methods

Piper McCloud can fly Just like that Easy as pie
Sure, she hasn’t mastered reverse propulsion and her loops are kind o You can’t keep a good Who Could PDF/EPUB ¼ girl downunless you use the proper methodsPiper McCloud can fly Just like that Easy as pieSure, she hasn’t mastered reverse propulsion and her loops are kind of sloppy, but she’s real good at looptheloopsProblem is, the good folk of Lowland County are afraid of Piper And her The Girl PDF \ ma is at her wit’s end So it seems only fitting that she leave her parents’ farm to attend a topsecret, maximumsecurity school for kids with exceptional abilitiesSchool is great at first with a bunch of new friends whose skills range from superstrength to supergenius Plus all the homemade apple pie she can Girl Who Could PDF ✓ eat! But Piper is special, even among the special And there are consequencesConsequences too dire to talk about Too crazy to consider And too dangerous to ignoreAt turns exhilarating and terrifying, Victoria Forester’s debut novel is an unforgettable story of defiance and courage about an irrepressible heroine who can, who will, who must.

10 thoughts on “The Girl Who Could Fly

  1. Lucy Lucy says:

    The McClouds have always done things the same way. They've farmed the same land, lived in the same town, and lived the same simple life for generations. But Piper McCloud is different. From the moment she was born, Piper could float, and when she got a little older, Piper taught herself how to fly.

    When Piper accidentally reveals her talent at the town's Fourth of July picnic, she causes an uproar, and draws a lot of attention--including the attention of Dr. Letitia Hellion, who runs an institute of special children. Piper is whisked away to Dr. Hellion's school--and at first, it's wonderful. For the first time, Piper has friends--kids her own age who understand what it's like to be special, to be different.

    But everything is not as innocent as it seems. Soon, Piper will be faced with the terrible truth behind the institute's welcoming facade. And what Piper chooses will affect every living thing within the grip of the institute.

    Okay, I loved this book. Let me say that right off the bat. For starters, Piper is such a loveable character it's impossible not to take to her. She's a sweetheart, but she's clever and thoughtful, and she feels honest and real. And the other kids at the institute are great as well.

    And the story is great. The institute is a fascinating place, and when the danger becomes apparent, it's very real and very scary. And the way Piper and the other kids react to it is pitch perfect. There were twists I certainly did not expect--the book surprised me, but in ways that made sense.

    This book feels like it's setting up for a sequel, and I hope it is, because I want to read more about Piper and her amazing group of superpowered friends.

  2. Tamara Tamara says:

    This book is utterly fabulous. While charmed from the beginning, I was simultaneously wary that it might be hodge podge of ripped off ideas from Anne of Green Gables, Harry Potter & X-Men. Thankfully, this book ended up creating a world of characters and places firmly its own. I love this book, and recommend it to anyone.

  3. Megan Megan says:

    Aw man, I really wanted to like this.

    The cover promised a cross between Little House on the Prairie and X-Men, which sounded promising, but I should have paid attention to the fact that it was Stephenie Meyer who wrote that quote. Unfortunately, a lot like Twilight, this book takes something that could be really cool, and reduces it down to something that just seems lame. In Twilight the vampires were lame-ified; in this book it's superheroes.

    It started off really nicely. I liked Piper right away, and enjoyed some of the wordplay of the author, and the setting. Unfortunately it sort of disintegrated from there. Piper is sent to a school for people with powers like hers, where she's got a wonderful room, interesting classes, and delicious food to eat. You can probably take it from there. After she goes to school, it's all cliche. The characters' personalities don't stay the same from page to page, the villain has very stock motivations, and Piper turns into Pollyanna.

    Even the setting is confusing. Maybe the Little House on the Prairie mention threw me off, but I was thinking this book was set in the 19th century until Piper was sent to school, at which point it looks like it's actually modern day. I couldn't buy it.
    Unfortunately this book could have been so much more.

  4. Tucker (TuckerTheReader) Tucker (TuckerTheReader) says:

    edit: this was the first book that I remember finishing and thinking: wow, i love reading
    I love this book! It was so good! The story was amazing!

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  5. Becky Becky says:

    Forester, Victoria. 2008. The Girl Who Could Fly.

    Piper decided to jump off of the roof. It wasn't a rash decision on her part.

    The Girl Who Could Fly is an odd little book that I couldn't help enjoying. Piper McCloud, she flies. A girl who flies. When her flying catches attention, mysterious strangers show up on the family farm promising her family that they've got the perfect school for her. A school where her specialness will be appreciated. So away Piper goes. Leaving behind her family and her home. The school or institute (initials I.N.S.A.N.E) is different alright. And everyone Piper meets is unusual from the adults to her fellow classmates.

    I hesitate to say anymore because I don't want to reveal too much. The plot twists are best enjoyed firsthand.

    The Girl Who Could Fly is a quirkier Mysterious Benedict Society. Unique, quirky characters. Fast-paced plot. A good mix of fun.

    © Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

  6. Bonnie (A Backwards Story) Bonnie (A Backwards Story) says:

    Have you ever picked up a book and thought, Hmm, that sounds interesting, then, upon reading it, think it's middle-ground, only to change your mind yet again because the final third is so good it more than makes up for everything else? That was my experience with The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester. I'm not saying the first two-thirds were sub-par or dislikable, just that I wasn't hanging onto
    every twist and turn in the plot. By the end, however, I was hoping there was a sequel on the horizon, though there doesn't appear to be one yet.

    I'm enamored with Forester's characters: Piper, who endeared herself to me with her cheery outlook on life that reminded me of Anne Shirley (from L.M. Montgomery's Green Gables series), Conrad, who was, at first, detestable, but grew to be my absolute favorite character, and I even found myself liking Dr. Hellion. The character development among the major players was handled quite well, and I truly cared for all of them by the end. If is a sequel is to come out, I'd like to see more fleshed out secondary characters as well as some light shed onto the mysterious J. There were too many things left hanging for there to not be a continuation despite the pretty bow typing up the majority of the story and bringing a sense of closure to the end.

    The back cover of the book is what initially had me picking it up. I like reading about people who are exceptional. Ultimately, the book is about a bunch of kids with super powers. Our main character, Piper, for example, can fly. Upon discovering that Piper is special, the government steps in and takes her away from her family to live in a secluded institution for people like her called I.N.S.A.N.E. (which stands for something scientific, but I forget what ^^;). At first, the school seems ob e wonderful and save, but we soon discover that there is something sinister lurking beneath the surface, something the government will go to great lengths to hide, even from the children under its protection...

    Without going into further detail since I hate being spoiled and try not to ruin a book for other potential readers, I'll end by saying that this book had a lot of twists and turns, some of which I never saw coming. While some parts of the novel were ho-hum for my fickle mind, I stayed engaged and found The Girl Who Could Fly to be a great way to pass the time.

  7. Nicole Pramik Nicole Pramik says:

    If this novel’s premise sounds a little bit like X-Men, you wouldn’t be entirely wrong, but the super-gifted children in The Girl Who Could Fly are not mutants – they’re just average kids blessed with special abilities. Premise-wise, it’s been done before – an average kid discovers she’s gifted and meets other kids just like her. But the things that set The Girl Who Could Fly apart are its a sweet story and immediately likable protagonist. The narrative is told from Piper’s perspective with some exceptions (see my gripe about that below). I found myself so emotionally connected to Piper that when she was happy, so was I. When she was sad, I was, too. And when she got cotton-pickin’ mad, so did I. Some readers may not like Piper’s dialectal tone, but for me that added to her charm. As for the rest of the cast, Piper’s peers and even the adults at the institute were fleshed out fairly well for a book of this size and intended audience. Granted, some characters run close to being stereotypes but they manage not to completely cross the line.

    My only genuine complaint about the novel is its narrative inconsistency. As stated above, most of the story is from Piper’s perspective but it occasionally drifts into other characters’ vantage points, such as the calculating genius Conrad and even Dr. Hellion. Younger readers might not notice this shift but I found it a bit rough around the edges when it happened, which wasn’t often. I think I would have found it less jarring if it occurred more frequently with Piper sharing part of the narrative with some of the other characters.

    Another issue some readers might have (though I didn’t) is the principle message of the book. Let me state there is absolutely nothing wrong with telling kids that it’s okay to be an individual and to embrace and use their talents. But sometimes this message gets hammered home a little too much in this book, especially when one character touts a “different is bad, normal is good” philosophy that is a bit heavy-handed. Again, the execution of this theme might tie into the primary age group for this book where directness is better than subtle inference. So it’s not necessarily a negative in and of itself but it is something that I picked up though I’m not picking it apart.

    Likewise, some portions of the book that seemed weaker than the rest was the introduction of the character J. (no, not the Men in Black character) who tries to help Piper. While J. is shown briefly early on, his character is all but dropped and then, even after a later exchange with Piper, is never brought back into the picture. I’m not sure if either he wasn’t supposed to be present but was added as a deus ex machina of sorts or if he had a stronger role in one draft and was omitted in other versions but the published version incorporates some of the original draft. I might have just been missing something here but it left me scratching my head, especially since J. tries to help Piper in a pivotal scene. That’s a pretty big deed to not get much credit for it later on.

    Lastly, Piper seems too eager to forgive another character for betrayal. (And, no, I’m not going to reveal spoilers this time.) Granted, she’s not the type to hold grudges but her casual response didn’t feel entirely believable, especially considering the gravity of the offense. In the same way, the closing chapter, while charming, wraps things up a bit too quickly and neatly. Overall, none of these are true negatives, especially if you keep the book’s primary demographic in mind (which isn’t adults). While these things don’t keep me from enjoying the book, they are some of the story’s weaker moments.

    All of that being said, I did appreciate Piper’s depiction as a Christian girl. While the book isn’t overtly religious, the theme that each person is “fearfully and wonderfully made” is fairly evident. Likewise, Piper prays, blesses her enemies, is nice to everyone, and keeps her cool. While her parents seem strict, they raise her right in terms of her values and Piper almost never strays from them. Rather than being a goody-goody, Piper is an old fashioned, down-home girl who wants to do what’s right and fair. This aspect of her personality is derived from her Christian upbringing but neither her family nor her are portrayed as Bible-thumping blowhards. So kudos to the author for avoiding that trap.

    Content-wise, this is a clean read and perfect for its target age group (as well as anyone older). Only two or three PG-level profanities are uttered throughout the entire book. There are some tense scenes and moments when characters are subjected to treatments and testing against their will but there is no graphic violence. Likewise, two characters die in tragic circumstances (though their demises are not graphically depicted). These scenes would frighten only very young readers, most of whom would probably be too young to even read this book. And, as expected, there is no sexual content.

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Girl Who Could Fly for its charming characters and story as it’s sweet without being saccharine. While it does possess a few narrative weak moments, it delivers where it counts, especially as an edifying read. Anyone who has ever felt like an underdog will immediately relate to Piper McCloud and experience a catharsis by the end, regardless of how old they are.

  8. Emily Tuckett Emily Tuckett says:

    This just may be the best book I’ve read all year! The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester is a marvel, with features that delight such as characters you can relate to, a plot that goes from innocent to intense, and vivid, hilarious prose. Forester is quite the story teller, and you can distinctly feel her enigmatic and comic voice through out the story. One of my favorite parts was Forester’s description of a minor character Bella. I’m paraphrasing, but the author described Bella as the daughter of an artist and a sculptor raised on a community organic farm in the San Bernito valley who was so constantly bombarded with unconditional love that she didn’t have a mean bone in her body. That just tickled me!

    I laughed hard. I cried a little, and I couldn’t stop cheering for little Piper McCloud. I loved The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester and I think you will too. Oh and did I mention that it’s published by Scholastic? It’s 100% Family friendly, very easy to read, and still enjoyable to adults-and that’s something I love!


    Sexual Content: None

    Swearing: None

    Adult Content: Very mild, then more moderate (Themes of cruelty and anti-diversity, one character who is an extreme gossip. One instance of Child Abuse, and one section dealing with bullying.)

    Books I’ve read that are similar to it: A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

    Original article Published 9/18/2012 at

  9. ~Tina~ ~Tina~ says:

    TBR Reduce Challenge #18- 2011 (Stefanie)

    The Girl Who Could Fly is a very well crafted story with a lot of imagination and creativity and while it's obviously for younger readers, I didn't expect it to be so harsh and cruel. Never the less, the writing is well done and I did enjoy some of the characters, but for the most part I couldn't love this one as much as I wanted too.

  10. Joy Joy says:

    This book was recommended by one of my favorite authors, Stephenie Meyer. On her site she states, The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester is the oddest/sweetest mix of Little House on the Prairie and X-Men.
    The librarian likes to talk with me about the books I read and where I get my suggestions. So, when I picked up the book today - (TODAY, I read this book in a day!), I gave her Stephenie's take about it being a cross between Little House on the Prairie and the X-Men. Just saying it out loud made me feel kinda sheepish and the librarian burst with laughter. (In the library! shhhhhh!) Well, she said, I guess that's quite a smattering of interests. And we both chuckled a while more. But Friends, it truly is fascinating, sweet, intriguing, enjoyable, imaginative, and adventurous.

    If you enjoyed The Goosegirl or Princess Academy by Shannon Hale I think you'll just love this book, too.

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