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Kids Can Press: Fall 2022

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Fly
By (author): Alison Hughes
Alison Hughes

Imprint:

Kids Can Press

ISBN:

9781525305832

Product Form:

Hardcover

Form detail:

Printed dust jacket
Hardcover , Printed dust jacket
English

Audience:

Juvenile: Age (years) 10 - 14, Grade (US) 5 - 9, Reading age 10 - 14
Oct 04, 2022
$21.99 CAD
Forthcoming

Dimensions:

8.75in x 5.25 x 0.85 in | 0.88 lb

Page Count:

200 pages
Kids Can Press
JUVENILE FICTION / Stories in Verse
  • Short Description
A powerful novel in free verse about courage, connection and self-discovery. Felix Landon Yarrow, a fourteen-year-old with cerebral palsy, is captivated by the noble, chivalrous ideals of knighthood. So when he fears a school villain poses a danger to his lady love, finding a way to save her becomes his quest. In the elaborate plot he creates, Felix will triumphantly conquer his enemy and rescue his “damsel in distress.” Alas, for this brave knight, as for most middle schoolers, plans often have a way of going awry. A moving story about a young boy grappling with an imperfect world and discovering others are, too.
A novel in free verse about a middle schooler who discovers he's not the only one grappling with the imperfections of the world. In this powerful novel in free verse, Felix Landon Yarrow (F.L.Y., or “Fly”), a fourteen-year-old boy with cerebral palsy, is captivated by the noble, chivalrous ideals of knighthood. So when he fears that a school villain, Carter, poses a danger to his lady love, Daria, he knows rescuing her must be his quest. Using his wits and his own unique powers, he constructs an elaborate plot meant to culminate with him on his wheeled “trusty steed” triumphantly conquering his enemy and saving his “damsel in distress.” Alas, for this brave knight, as for most middle schoolers, plans often have a way of going awry. Alison Hughes has crafted a moving and unflinching story of courage, connection and self-discovery. In the spare first-person narrative, Felix's witty, often sarcastic and self-aware voice matter-of-factly reveals how it feels to be the kid in the wheelchair. Felix is a fully realized, funny character who defies labels, and who learns and grows as the story unfolds. For reluctant and avid readers alike, this book is a potent vehicle for engaging young people with a unique perspective and for encouraging empathy. It's an excellent choice to showcase the power of poetry and, in particular, novels in verse. It provides character education lessons in respect, courage and kindness.

Alison Hughes is the author of eighteen books for children and young adults, including the YA novel Hit the Ground Running, which was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Awards and a Junior Library Guild selection. Her books have also been nominated nine times for provincial children's choice awards, among other honors. She enjoys giving writing workshops and presentations at schools, libraries, conferences and festivals. She also works as a writing advisor and editor for the University of Alberta.

Sharp-edged verse and strong narrative construction frame a teen's realizations about the world.—Kirkus Reviews

The poems ... stagger words for emphasis and emotional impact, resulting in a seamless and immersive narrative about one teen's “quest/ for a noble life.”—Publishers Weekly

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