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Monday, August 23, 2010

B2SW: First Pages: The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester

Today's B2SW Frist Pages Teaser is fairly short, and fairly awesome.  Enjoy!

You just can’t keep a good girl down . . . unless you use the proper methods. Piper McCloud can fly. Just like that. Easy as pie. Sure, she hasn’t mastered reverse propulsion and her turns are kind of sloppy, but she’s real good at loop-the-loops. Problem is, the good folk of Lowland County are afraid of Piper. And her ma’s at her wit’s end. So it seems only fitting that she leave her parents’ farm to attend a top-secret, maximum-security school for kids with exceptional abilities. School is great at first with a bunch of new friends whose skills range from super-strength to super-genius. (Plus all the homemade apple pie she can eat!) But Piper is special, even among the special. And there are consequences. Consequences too dire to talk about. Too crazy to consider. And too dangerous to ignore. At 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 . . . fly.

Why I chose this:  It's about a group of kids at a school for those with magical abilities -- like a tiny-tots X-Men; who doesn't want to read that?  As I said in a previous IMM, I received this from the Polish Outlander, who is super cool and thought I'd enjoy it.  I think she's right; though I haven't read the book in its entirety yet, I am excited to -- I am completely smitten with this opening bit.  It reads like Ingrid Law's Newbery honor book, Savvy, which I adored.  I have a feeling that the minute September Zombies and Helluva Halloween are over, I will be picking this up.

This week, why not share some of your childhood favorites with a child?  
You never know; years from now, they might be dedicating their book to you...


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