by Victoria Forester
328 pagesof unpredictable action that will leave you smiling in the end – though you won’t be certain until the very end
There’s a hawk calling outside my window. It’s soaring above the field. That is something I have always admired. If I could fly I would! And that is what Piper McCloud can do, in fact must do She is a natural born floater. She can fly but has learned that “raw talent only gets you so far in the world and the rest is a whole lot of practice, persistence and perspiration.” Piper loves to fly. She loves the feeling and the freedom but she has been forbidden because it is different. Ma likes things to be predictable and the same. Because Piper is anything but predictable and the same, Ma keeps her at home all the time and watches very closely. That’s fine, but Piper is lonely. She longs for a friend, someone to share with. When they opportunity of the ice cream social comes along, Piper promises to be good but then the taunting and the frustration of the baseball routing get the best of her. Piper flies to catch a ball and then everyone knows for sure – there is something totally unique about Piper McCloud. In Lowland County that is not good. News of the flying girl spreads around the globe and that is how Piper meets Dr. Hellion.
Dr Hellion assures Piper that there are others like her. She explains that she has created an institute where children like Piper can develop their skills and fulfill their dreams. Piper wants to fly around the world and meet other fliers and make the world a better place. That is what she is promised once she’s been to school and learned what she needs to know. And so Piper leaves home and goes to the institute. There is a classroom and it is full of children but it is not anything like she had hoped. It is harsh and cold, but still Piper is determined to make the best of it. She is determined to be friendly and kind. She is determined to find the best in others and when she discovers the secrets happening on the different levels Piper is determined to address the cruelty, no matter what the dangers are. They may be insurmountable, but is there anything that can keep Piper McCloud down? You’ll have to read to find out. I love the twists and turns of this story – nothing is ever really what it seems and I think that’s a good thing!