Monday, February 14, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday--The Girl Who Could Fly (and a Giveaway!)

For today's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday, I thought I'd talk about a book that I read for a rather unconventional reason: THE GIRL WHO COULD FLY, by Victoria Forester.


I can't remember how I stumbled across it--but I do remember very distinctly what made me buy it. The blurb on the cover. And the reason I remember that is because *whispers* I'm not usually influenced by blurbs. 


I know, I know--as an author they're very very important. But...as a reader...I don't know. For some reason it doesn't matter to me if an author says they like it--even an author I like. I'd much rather know if a friend liked it, or go by the back cover copy, or read a few pages to get a feel for the voice.

But this blurb caught my eye--and NOT because of who it was (though aside from J.K. Rowling this is pretty much the best blurb you can get):

“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). Prepare to have your heart warmed.” —Stephenie Meyer, The Twilight Saga

I mean...Little House on the Prairie meets X-Men?????????

Uh...yeah...I had to know more. Especially after I read the cover copy:

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 is an unforgettable story of defiance and courage about an irrepressible heroine who can, who will, who must . . . fly.

I don't want to give too much away and ruin the plot for anyone. But it's a beautiful, touching story full of fast-paced action and a seriously cool blend of science fiction and fantasy. Pretty sure I read it all in one sitting, and even though it stands alone very well, a big part of me hopes there might be a sequel someday. I'd love to know more about Piper. She's a sweet, wonderful character.

But as always with my MMGM recommendations--I don't just want you to take my word for it. I want you to see for yourselves. So I'm giving away a paperback copy of THE GIRL WHO COULD FLY to one lucky commenter on today's post. To enter, make sure you follow my blog, and leave a comment by 11:59 pm PST on Saturday, February 26th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, February 27th. International entries welcome.

Need more MMGM love? Make sure you check out:

- Shannon O'Donnell's can always be counted on for an incredible MMGM. Go HERE and see what she's featuring today.

- Aly Beecher is featuring THE TROUBLE WITH CHICKENS, by Doreen Cronin. Click HERE to read her review.


- Ben Langhinrichs is featuring THE ENCHANTED FOREST CHRONICLES by Patricia Wrede. Click HERE to read his thoughts.


- Joanne Fritz has a spotlight on THE GREAT WALL OF LUCY WU by Wendy Wan-Long Shang. Click HERE to read her review.


-Brooke Favero also has an MMGM on FALLING IN, by Frances O'Roark Dowell. Click HERE to read her review.

And if you've done an MMGM feature on your blog, email me a link (or leave it in the comments) and I'd be happy to update this post.

Happy Monday everyone!

61 comments:

  1. So how pointless is it to be the first commenter? They never get chosen. (Unconsciously just typed choosed. I need to go back to bed.)

    Anyways.

    Cheers for Valentine's Day, people adding the apostrophe to the afor-mentioned phrase, and books about girls who fly.

    Have a lovely day!

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  2. I've signed this book out from the library and was just starting to read it (once I get it away from my 11-year-old). Thanks for letting me know it's a good read.

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  3. This book has been on my To Read List for a while, and you've just helped it move up a few spots!

    Also, the fact that your contests are open to international entries is super nice. And not just because we're moving back to Europe next year :)

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  4. I am totally in love with that cover!! Hmm...methinks I say that a lot. Well, it rocks. *shrug* The story sounds very energetic. Thanks for sharing it!

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  5. It sounds awesome. Off to see if my library has it.

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  6. Love. The cover. And the blurb is just icing on the cake.

    This is one of the reasons I love following your blog--MG is a foreign world to me, and you're a good translator. I'd be lost without these book recs.

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  7. I can't wait to read this! The cover is absolutely beautiful! Fingers crossed.

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  8. This one does sound really different. It seems strange that Stephanie Meyer would be selected for the blurb, not that her blurb wouldn't help sell probably nearly any book.

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  9. That's an awesome cover! wonderful!

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  10. That sounds really good. I'm definitely putting it on my wish list.

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  11. +JMJ+

    That's actually a pretty good blurb. Meyer's name lets it pack more of a punch, but I'd be just as curious as the other guy about a book that can combine Little House on the Prairie and X-men.

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  12. Little House meets X-Men? I've GOT to read that!

    Stephenie Meyer could probably make a pretty good living making up one-sentence pitches for books she's read. Seriously.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. Oh, I REALLY want to read this one! And the cover is just gorgeous.

    Win! Win! Win!

    Shelley

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  14. LOVED this book and would love to have my own copy.

    Love,

    Deb

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  15. Shannon - I read this recently to a class of 3rd graders. They loved it. But it was a challenging read aloud because of the "accent". I liked the original cover a little more. I think the new cover spoils it a little.

    Glad to see it featured here.

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  16. Your reviews tempt me to look into writing MG. Maybe some day. This book looks like another winner.

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  17. omg, look at that cover!

    For reals, enter me into this drawing. I'd love to have the book just to LOOK at it!

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  18. The book looks wonderful. I'll have to give it a try, so please enter me in the drawing. Thanks again for starting MMGM. Great idea.

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  19. That cover is one of the best I've ever seen! And I love the title :)

    I would definetely like to be entered! Thanks for the giveaway!

    And Happy Valentine's Day! :D

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  20. This is on my list of potential MG's to review. LOVE IT!! Great choice, #1. In honor of Valentine's Day, I am spotlighting my author crush. He he. :-)

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  21. This looks like a great read. I would love to win one. If I don't, however, I'll keep my eye out for it as it's now on my list.

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  22. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read the book. Tore923@aol.com

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  23. It does sound like it will be a good book to read. I would have never thought Little House meets X-Men, just by looking at the cover. Guess I'll have to read it to find out for myself.
    : )

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  24. Ooh...I really want to read this! Thanks for the review. I'd love to win it!

    Have a lovely day...:)

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  25. This book looks pretty dang interesting and totally cool at the same time. Love the cover. And it makes it even more great it's from a debut author!

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  26. This sounds really good, and I love the cover! Great review. Thanks for the giveaway! ^_^

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  27. The cover rocks and it sounds totally interesting too. The cover reminds me of another book you had here not too terribly long ago. Same artist maybe.
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  28. i LOVED this book! loved it. i don't normally enjoy stand alone books (i'm all about the drawn out series) but this book was absolutely marvelous.

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  29. Oh yeah, I want this book. Great review. My MMGM is Falling In. http://brookefavero.blogspot.com/2011/02/marvelous-middle-grade-monday-falling.html

    I love that you do this. cheers.

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  30. Lovely review!!!!! I'd love to read it :D

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  31. I've been hearing about this book for a while. I really want to read it now! Thanks for the giveaway!
    bookwormoakes AT yahoo DOT com

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  32. BTW I see you pinked yourself on Twooter, why no color on the blog?

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  33. Aw, this looks so good!I love it already for the cover and the name Piper McCloud :)

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  34. I've seen the cover of this one before but haven't heard much about it...sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks for the giveaway :)

    tapestrybookblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. Oh, this one sounds fantastic. Thanks for the recommendation, Shannon!

    And Happy Valentine's Day!

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  36. sounds really interesting, thanks!

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  37. I wish i could fly too!!! Thanks for the giveaway and happy valentine's day!!!

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  38. I think X-men meets Prairie would have caught my attention, too! Sounds like another good one! (Too bad I can't absorb books through a single touch, I'd get through more...) Thanks, Shannon!

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  39. I haven't heard about this book before but it sure sounds intriguing. I'd love to win a copy.

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  40. As someone who can never have too many books on her TBR nightstand, I just wrote this down for my trip to the bookstore this week. It sounds wonderful! Thanks!!

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  41. Oh, I'd love to read this book! Please enter me in the contest. Thanks!

    And I must say the paperback cover is more appealing than the hardcover was.

    Thanks so much for the linkage. :)

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  42. I'm a back jacket copy girl myself. I've read too many books where Big Name Author endorses it but it isn't my cuppa, yanno?

    BUT, that back copy? Love that paragraph hook!

    Have a great V day, Shannon!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  43. 44 is my lucky number, no word of a lie.

    Thanks for yet another great review. My reading pile just gets higher and higher!

    Michael
    http://theyearofwritingdangerously.blogspot.com

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  44. I'd love to play please.

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  45. Oddly enough, I have this book on my shelf, but I haven't read it yet. The cover fascinated me and the back sounded good. Now I'll have to go dig it out and read it. Thanks for the reminder :P

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  46. love that cover - sounds fantastic

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  47. Oh, XMen and Little House on the Prairie? What more could a girl ask for? AWESOME! :)

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  48. This cover completely caught my eye. It sounds fantastic. And with those blubs...
    follower

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  49. X-men and Little House on the Prairie? I'm sold!

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  50. That has got to be the most bizarre description of a book ever! I LOVE IT!!!! And the last line: a heroine who must fly. Seriously. I teared up.

    ~Jen

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  51. I've looked at this one for a long time! Thanks for the giveaway.

    themgowl at gmail.com

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  52. I love this book! (Don't enter me into the contest...wouldn't want to steal it away from someone who hasn't read it yet.) I keep waiting for news of a sequel.

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  53. Oh. My. Goodness.

    Must read! I've never even heard of this, it sounds wonderful!

    I'm on holiday in NYC and I went on a rampage yesterday at Books of Wonder. I came away with 10 MG books, 1 YA and the sure and certain knowledge that I picked a (tolerant) winner of a husband. I might have to sneak back one more time, this sounds brilliant.

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  54. I'm already a follower and would love to win! Thanks!

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  55. I'm a GFC follower. Please enter me. I've been meaning to read this book for a quite a while now. Thanks for making it international. :)

    paromitagupt(at)gmail(dot)com

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  56. Old follower. This sounds amazing, and I love the cover and title!

    cc932005 at hotmail dot com

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  57. I'm an old follower!

    I love the cover to this one! I've loved other middle grade books you've recommended and I've had my eye on this so I know I'd love it.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    thecozyreader @ gmail.com

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  58. Sounds like a fun story!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

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  59. Looks like a great book. thanks for the giveaway!
    chickenherder@hotmail.com

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