How To Fly With Broken Wings

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Hatchette Children’s Books!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
A Room Full of Chocolate


Twelve-year-old Willem has Aspergers Syndrome and two main aims in life: to fly and to make at least two friends of his own age. But all the other boys from the Beckham Estate do is make him jump off things. First his desk – and now the wall. As his toes teeter on the edge, Sasha Barton gives him a tiny little wink. Might she become his friend?

Bullied by Finn and his gang the Beckham Estate Boyz, Willem has no choice but to jump. As he flies through the air he flaps his arms, wishing he could fly and escape into the clouds. Instead he comes crashing down and breaks his ankle.

Sasha, angry with herself for not stopping Finn and his Boyz, is determined to put things right. And soon, while the gangs riot on their estate, Willem and Sasha form an unlikely friendship. Because they share a secret. Sasha longs to fly too.

And when Magic Man Archie arrives with stories of war-flying spitfires, he will change the lives of the kids on the Beckham Estate for ever. And perhaps find a way for Willem and Sasha to fly.


I lapped up Jane Elson’s debut novel A Room Full of Chocolate, so when I knew there was going to be another book released by her, I knew I had to read it. I went into How To Fly With Broken Wings with very high expectations. Whilst I didn’t enjoy it quite so much as A Room Full of Chocolate, I still thought it was a decent read. I really appreciate that Willem had Asperger’s Syndrome. I love books with diverse characters and How To Fly With Broken Wings definitely represents diversity.

How To Fly With Broken Wings centres around Willem who desperately wants to learn how to fly and how to make friends. He strikes up a friendship with Sasha who also has a desire to fly. How To Fly With Broken Wings is packed full of action, covering many themes such as bullying, friendship and love.

I think one of the strengths of this story are the characters who are well developed and realistic. I thought the way in which Willem’s Asperger’s Syndrome was covered was well represented. This book is well worth reading if you want to explore some very interesting characters. 🙂

Would I recommend it?:
Yes- 3.5 stars!

A book centred around many themes, How To Fly With Broken Wings is full of realistic characters which you easily warm to!

2 thoughts on “How To Fly With Broken Wings

  1. Hopping over from the British Books Challenge….

    This sounds fun. I’ve learned that most bird watchers have a secret desire to fly, so I’m kind of fascinated by the topic.

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