Synopses & Reviews
If they saved the swan together, could she then save her friend?
In a heartbeat, in a wingbeat, it happens. Isla's father falls. They're racing across the fields, following the swans flying in to winter at the lake like they do every year, when something goes wrong. And before she can even catch her breath, they're in the back of an ambulance, she's holding his hand.
At the hospital, upset and scared, Isla meets Harry. Unlike the boys at school, he doesn't laugh when she tells him about her love of birds. He listens. But what is he doing there?
As Isla struggles with her father's frailty and the new feelings she has for Harry, she's determined to help the only way she knows how. Outside the hospital windows, Isla watches a lone whooper swan struggling to fly. If only she could save the lost bird, would that somehow heal her dad, and cure Harry, and make everything good again?
By the author of the Printz Honor Book STOLEN, an uplifting story about "the thing with feathers" - hope.
"In her first middle-grade novel, Christopher (Stolen) offers a story ribboned with metaphors involving themes of trauma, freedom, and hope. Isla and her father share a special relationship with the swans that migrate to a nearby lake each winter, until he is hospitalized with a heart condition. Isla's best friend has also moved away, and she feels isolated until meeting Harry, an optimistic and imaginative leukemia patient undergoing chemo treatments at the hospital and awaiting a bone marrow transplant. After Isla discovers a lost swan that has been separated from its flock, she makes it her mission to renew hope in Harry, her father, and herself by teaching the swan to fly, using a da Vinci inspired flying machine that she creates with help from her estranged grandfather. Readers who share Isla's love of nature and penchant for introspection will easily gravitate to her; her determination and pithy observations make for a strong, sensitive portrait of a girl trying to make sense of difficult changes in her life, while learning to draw strength from those around her. Ages 10 14." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for STOLEN
Complicated and beautiful -- this novel left me doubting my emotions and missing a place Id never been.” -- Maggie Stiefvater
"A vivid new voice for teens." -- Melvin Burgess
"All the tension of lightning, all the terror of thunder. A stunning, scary, and beautiful book." -- John Marsden
"It's Gemma's strength and clear-headed narration that keep the pages turning long after your skin has started crawling." -- The Daily Beast: Smart Young Adult Books: 10 Hot Picks
* An emotionally raw thriller
a haunting account of captivity and the power of relationships.” -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Disturbing, heartbreaking, and beautiful all at once." -- School Library Journal
"Has a veracity and immediacy that rivets the reader to the page...A fascinating, disturbing novel." -- VOYA
"A complex psychological study that is also a tribute to the hypnotic beauty of the outback." -- Booklist
"An arresting, dramatic story...induces both shivers and thought." -- BCCB
Winner of England's Branford Boase Award for Best First Novel
About the Author
LUCY CHRISTOPHER'S novel STOLEN was named a Printz Honor Book by the ALA and received England's Branford Boase award and Australia's golden Inky for best debut. In a starred review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY called it *"an emotionally raw thriller...a haunting account of captivity and the power of relationships."* She is also the author of FLYAWAY, a novel for younger readers. Lucy lives in Monmouth, Wales, where she is currently finishing her third book, THE KILLING WOODS, a psychological thriller for teens. Visit her website www.lucychristopher.com and follow her on Twitter @LucyCAuthor.