Friday, July 6, 2012

Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari

Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari
This is a story about a girl, Bird, who has always wanted to fly. Takes place in small town Rhode Island when WWII just starts. Her father takes her as she is--not girly and full of wild tales and imagination--and teaches her how to fly. They are close. He goes off to join the war effort as an expert in making planes. A Japanese kid moves in, her town doesn’t handle it well. She befriends him and together they try to break this spy ring only they notice. Turns out, it really is a spy ring and she and Kenji get into some real trouble while solving it. Voice is kind of young--she’s 11--but strong storyline and interesting ending. 
Grades 4-7 Caudill nominee 2012