Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Watching Stevie, a loving person at heart, struggle with her freshman year, family, friendships, and her future during her time at her aunts in Seattle is ultimately encouraging, and the fact that she wonders how she is supposed to worry about college when she doesnt "even know where [shell] be living next week" is both authentic and relatively—and refreshingly—tame compared to the extreme dilemmas faced by so many troubled teens in similar titles."—Booklist" Flyaway is so good I read it in one sitting. I had intended to set it aside for later, but I read the first sentence, and then the next, and by then it was too late; I was hooked!"—Han Nolan, National Book Award winner "Fans of Ellen Hopkins and Jay Asher: Prepare to fall in love with debut novelist Helen Landalf. Filled with bighearted love and gritty realism, Flyaway rings with bittersweet truth."—Justina Chen, author of North of Beautiful "For teens who want a realistic story but not the heft and extreme grittiness of Ellen Hopkins."—Kirkus
"With just enough humor to diffuse the tension and the art and science of photography as a backdrop, this rich romance explores the complexities of friendship and love, and the all-too-human limitations of both. Its a sobering, compelling, and satisfying read for teens and a promising debut for a new young-adult author."--Booklist, starred review
"An exceptional novel, Flash Burnout
is thought-provoking on many levels."--School Library Journal, starred review
Girl loves Mom. Mom loves meth. Stevie Calhoun is fifteen and knows how to take care of herself. Her mom has disappeared for days at a time before. So why is Aunt Mindy making such a big deal of it now? Whatever. Stevie will pack up her gypsy skirts, midriffs, camouflage pants, and red high heels. Shell go with Aunt Mindy. But it doesnt mean shes going to stay. Mom will return and promise to never see Drake and his white powder again. Stevie will make sure of that. If Moms awake, shell be with her. If shes working at the club, Stevie will hang at home and count the hours. Who cares about school? Who cares about Alan and helping those stupid birds? Crap. Does she? With a powerful mix of humor and heartbreak, Flyaway is a contemporary novel that takes a frank, hopeful look at the victims of addiction and their right to a safe and heartening future.
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?
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!
Winner of the 2010 William C. Morris Award!
Fifteen-year-old Blake has a girlfriend and a friend who’s a girl. One of them loves him; the other one needs him.
When he snapped a picture of a street person for his photography homework, Blake never dreamed that the woman in the photo was his friend Marissa’s long-lost meth addicted mom. Blake’s participation in the ensuing drama opens up a world of trouble, both for him and for Marissa. He spends the next few months trying to reconcile the conflicting roles of Boyfriend and Friend. His experiences range from the comic (surviving his dad’s birth control talk) to the tragic (a harrowing after-hours visit to the morgue).
In a tangle of life and death, love and loyalty, Blake will emerge with a more sharply defined snapshot of himself.
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.