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While visiting her father in hospital, thirteen-year-old Isla meets Harry, the first boy to understand her and her love of the outdoors. But Harry is ill, and as his health fails, Isla is determined to help him in the only way she knows how. Together they watch a lone swan struggling to fly on the lake outside Harry’s window.
I had heard a lot about Lucy Christopher, but was yet to pick up one of her books. I fully intend to read Stolen soon, as I’ve heard great things about it. Flyaway was a touching read, with some characters that I really grew to care about.
Flyaway is a story about family, friendships and life. Isla’s father is hospitalised and is rather unwell. Whilst waiting at the hospital Isla meets Harry. Harry is suffering with leukaemia. Isla and Harry instantly get on. They both share a love of birds, much like Isla and her father do. Throughout the story, a lone swan that has been detached from its flock features. The swan, of course, doesn’t talk, but the interactions with Isla were incredibly vivid. The swan was able to offer comfort to Isla without speaking a word.
The plot is interesting and I think has some very important messages behind it about friendship, family, beauty, caring and strength. Even though Isla is incredibly young, she shows great maturity and inner strength. She coped well with her fears about her father and her new found friend. I thought she was a warm and encouraging narrator.
What was noticeable about Flyaway was how clearly it was written. I think it would totally be suitable for young teenagers as there’s nothing really risqué within the book. The story is also fast-paced and incredibly descriptive. I think it’s worth giving it a go. I wasn’t blown away, but it did touch me.
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