Title: Fly Away
Author: Patricia MacLachlan
Genre: Early Middle Grade Fiction
About The Book :
Lucy and her family make their annual trip to visit Aunt Frankie in North Dakota just as the floodwaters rise, threatening her home. Author of the Newbery Medal–winning Sarah Plain and Tall (1985), MacLachlan writes with simplicity and clarity. The book has large type, and wide-spaced lines of text make this volume an inviting choice for readers who are beginning to read longer chapter books.
Lucy’s whole family can sing, even her little brother Teddy, of whom no one else in the family thinks can even talk. Lucy can’t sing, but she has a secret too: she is a poet. Artfully written, simple and elegant, MacLachlan tells a story about family, secrets (good secrets!), and bravery.
This is a quiet book and some readers may find it boring as there is little drama and not much danger, however, I think there are plenty of young readers who are ready for stories with a little more substance, even if it means a little less action.
Overall: Four Stars. Great first chapter book for young readers. A short, simply told story full of meaning, and an excellent way to introduce a child to poetry.