Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Fly Away, by Patricia MacLachlan

Fly AwaySummary:  While in North Dakota helping her Aunt Frankie prepare for a possible flood, Lucy finds her voice as a poet with the help of her two-year-old brother Teddy, the rest of their family, and a few cows.

Margaret McElderry

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One thought on “Fly Away, by Patricia MacLachlan

  1. In Fly Away, the main character, Lucy, is the only one in her family that can’t sing. She tries to find her voice and express her beliefs through poetry instead of song. Throughout the book, a flood threatens her Aunt Frankie’s farm and she learns more about her family.
    This book was very thoughtful. You understood all of Lucy’s fears and feelings without them having to be stated, and I really began to care about the characters. However, the book and plot did not seem to relate to the setting. It seemed that the action and setting were disconnected from the characters and conflict. This considered, I don’t believe that Fly Away would be a good candidate for the Newbery Award.

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