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Publisher Description

You just can't keep a good girl down . . . unless you use the proper methods.

Piper McCloud can fly. Just like that. Easy as pie.

Sure, she hasn't mastered reverse propulsion and her turns are kind of sloppy, but she's real good at loop-the-loops.

Problem is, the good folk of Lowland County are afraid of Piper. And her ma's at her wit's end. So it seems only fitting that she leave her parents' farm to attend a top-secret, maximum-security school for kids with exceptional abilities.

School is great at first with a bunch of new friends whose skills range from super-strength to super-genius. (Plus all the homemade apple pie she can eat!) But Piper is special, even among the special. And there are consequences.

Consequences too dire to talk about. Too crazy to consider. And too dangerous to ignore.

At turns exhilarating and terrifying, Victoria Forester's debut novel has been praised by Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight saga, as "the oddest/sweetest mix of Little House on the Prairie and X-Men...Prepare to have your heart warmed." The Girl Who Could Fly is an unforgettable story of defiance and courage about an irrepressible heroine who can, who will, who must . . . fly.

This title has Common Core connections.

Praise for Victoria Forester and The Girl Who Could Fly:

"It's the oddest/sweetest mix of Little House on the Prairie and X-Men. I was smiling the whole time (except for the part where I cried). I gave it to my mom, and I'm reading it to my kids—it's absolutely multigenerational. Prepare to have your heart warmed." Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight saga

"In this terrific debut novel, readers meet Piper McCloud, the late-in-life daughter of farmers...The story soars, just like Piper, with enough loop-de-loops to keep kids uncertain about what will come next....Best of all are the book's strong, lightly wrapped messages about friendship and authenticity and the difference between doing well and doing good."--Booklist, Starred Review

"Forester's disparate settings (down-home farm and futuristic ice-bunker institute) are unified by the rock-solid point of view and unpretentious diction… any child who has felt different will take strength from Piper's fight to be herself against the tide of family, church, and society."--The Horn Book Review

The Girl Who Could Fly is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Young Adult
June 24
Feiwel & Friends
Grades 4-7

Customer Reviews

Jay's number one fan! ,


This is my favorite book ever and I don’t even remember how many times I’ve read this! I’m in 6th grade and this book has changed my life. I’m actually thinking of jumping off the roof to fly like Piper or do some other crazy stunt to prove I can get superpowers. 😂 Piper and Kimber are my favorites and if Victoria Forester ever reads this I want her to know she should make a third book about Piper and Conrad’s child that has powers. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!

Daytona🥰 ,

Stuck with me.

I read this book and sixth grade and I adored it. I’m a senior now and I still find myself thinking about this book at random times. I’m thinking of rereading it, but I think it says a lot about the author to have someone thinking about a book 6 years later. I’d recommend. I’m only giving it four stars because I honestly don’t remember everything about it.

Julia.Swimzzzz ,

Great book!

Although I had to read this book for school, it was great. I just bought the sequel and can't wait to read it.

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