04. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fantasy, Fiction

The Art of Flying by Judy Hoffman, 320 pages, read by Angie, on 11/03/2013

The Baldwin sisters are in trouble. Ellie has turned three birds into humans and now they can’t find them. They enlist the help of Fortuna Dalliance, a young neighbor, to help them. Fortuna sets off on an adventure with Martin, the boy who was once a bird, to find his brother. She comes to really like Martin and doesn’t want him to turn back into a bird. There is also the matter of the third bird/man, evil Arrakis the owl who was tormenting the brothers and the whole reason Ellie took such drastic measures. This book is filled with magic, witches, birds of all shapes and sizes and flying. Martin and his brother teach Fortuna and her friend Peter to fly, which deepens Fortuna’s hesitation in turning Martin back to a bird. I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I don’t think it is as charming or fantastical as it needed to be. Sure Martin and Fortuna are fun characters, but the book seemed to take itself just a little bit too seriously for the nature of the story. I wish it was more fun and a little less serious.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley.

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