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Flyawayby Helen Landalf
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Fifteen-year-old Stevie Calhoun is taken from her home by her overprotective aunt, who's convinced Stevie's mom is on drugs. Under her aunt's watchful eye, Stevie gives up skipping school, eating fast food, and dressing provocatively. Sneaking away to party doesn't prove all that hard, but it brings her face to face with ugly situations, like the pressure to do drugs herself. Perhaps what saves Stevie is the injured robin she finds. Discovering this helpless creature leads her to volunteer at a bird rehabilitation center, where she meets troubled but charming Alan. As her interests take a new turn, Stevie finds the courage to see the truth about her mom and finally recognize that living with her aunt is safe and heartening--and just where she wants to be after all.
Filled with genuine characters, an authentic and fresh voice, and wonderful symbolism, Broken Wings is a contemporary novel that takes an honest look at the victims of addiction and their right to a second chance.
"First-time novelist Landalf debuts with a sadly believable account of the destructive power of drug addiction. Fifteen-year-old Stevie's mother has always been her own person, a free spirit who works as a dancer at a nightclub and has a very hands-off approach to parenting. But when she goes missing for days, Stevie's aunt Mindy takes her niece in, pushing Stevie to help get her mother into rehab. Angry and in denial, Stevie resists admitting that her mother is a crystal meth addict, hoping things will go back to 'normal.' Meanwhile, Stevie's social life starts to mirror her home life, with her only friend, Tonya, starting to get into meth as well. Stevie's journey to find her own path and accept the truth about her mother doesn't hold any major surprises, but feels authentic. A none-too-subtle subplot in which Stevie spends time working at a bird rehabilitation center with school bad boy Alan, who's a lot kinder to birds than he is to people, underscores the message that not everyone can be saved. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A frank story about the daughter of a meth addict who finds a stable home with her loving aunt and begins to figure out her own healthy path in life. This novel is beautiful, moving, and full of hope.
“So good I read it in one sitting.” -Han Nolan, National Book Award finalist
Girl loves Mom. Mom loves meth. Stevie Calhoun is fifteen, and she can take care of herself. Her mom has disappeared before, but this time Aunt Mindy is making Stevie stay with her. Whatever. Stevie will pack up her camouflage pants and red high heels and go live with Aunt Mindy . . . for now. But shell also make sure her mom comes back and promises never to see Drake and his white powder again. A powerful mix of humor and heartbreak!
Stevie Calhoun knows how to take care of herself. Its not like her mom hasnt disappeared before. So why is Aunt Mindy making such a big deal of it now? Its not like Moms really doing meth. Stevie makes sure of that. Whatever. Shell go home with Aunt Mindy if it will keep her from calling Child Protective Services—but it doesnt mean shell stay. Mom will come back. Mom always comes back. And Stevie will be there when she does. But when Stevie meets Alan—frustrating and fascinating and so-different-from-everyone-she-knows Alan—and she starts helping out at the bird rehab center, things begin to look different. Even the tutoring and the ridiculous outfits Aunt Mindys forcing her into might not be so bad. Not that Stevie would say it out loud. She cant. Because how can anything be good if it doesnt include Mom?
About the Author
L. K. Madigan lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, son, two big black dogs, hundreds of books, and a couple of vintage cars.
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