A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers will learn that the water level in rivers can rise, and what things people do to prevent flooding. There's also a little detail about different breeds of cow.
Within the family, each member has an important individual role and voice.
Positive Role Models
Aunt Frankie shows strength and resilience, yet also shows that even the strongest individuals need help sometimes. Lucy's special closeness with Teddy sets a sweet example for other big sisters.
Violence & Scariness
There's suspense and danger when a small child goes missing in a flood zone.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fly Away is an early-grade novel by Patricia MacLachlan, the author of Newbery Award-winning book Sarah Plain and Tall. The story follows the journey of a family making their way to the home of a relative who lives in a flood zone and needs their help. MacLaughlin highlights the individual strengths and weaknesses of each character, and the special closeness between the oldest child, Lucy, and her toddler brother, Teddy. There are suspenseful situations, including a missing child. But overall, there's nothing in this lovely book to upset or offend readers.
Is It Any Good?
Patricia MacLachlan's economical writing in Fly Away is successful on multiple levels. This book's simple enough to be easily enjoyable for young readers, and the prose is so carefully chosen that the story reads as poetry.
The book also highlights beautiful, warm family relationships in which individual growth is valued but caring is paramount. This is a lovely, cozy book full of well-drawn characters who know they are loved.
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