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. Volume XX Number 30. . . .April 4, 2014
Mary is a freshman high school student and a super soccer player. She also has anxiety attacks. Her father doesnít have a job. Her little brother is kidnapped. She has to deal with a mad scientist if she is going to save her brother and the rest of her community from some strange plague. Most of her extended family are, well, crazy. Her best ally is a boy whom she really doesnít know very well. Oh, and by the way, this boy is able to float through the air.
Enter the world of P.T. Jones, and the surprises keep coming page after page in this young adult novel which is a mix of adventure, science fiction, fantasy and a love story. Mary is a feisty young woman who is not afraid to say what she thinks and do whatever it takes to fight for what she believes. She has a tough exterior, but when it comes to her little brother, we see the genuine person inside. She has no intention of falling in love, and she certainly canít fly, but somehow Floating Boy wins her heart as he helps her take on the madman Barron and his crazy plans. Barron wants to experiment with viruses and cures and really doesnít care who gets in his way or who he hurts in the process.
The novel is an interesting juxtaposition of ordinary life in a high school and small town where Mary texts her friends, sneaks out of the house when her parents ground her, and deals with the jerk who is a football star...... and the imaginary fantasy world where lots of people float and fly around. Interestingly, children and teens have this particular skill; the adults who contract the same virus merely become very ill.
Mary cannot fly like Floating Boy and some of her friends, but, in the end, she finds that she, too, has special skills and talents which are equally amazing once discovered. Readers will identify with her at every stage of the story. They will understand the anger and frustration which often erupt in her and then will applaud her as she focuses on rescuing her little brother regardless of the obstacles thrown at her.
This young adult novel has energy, humour and imagination and presents some typical themes in a very untypical manner. Floating Boy and Mary both come to life and encourage readers to join the ride and fly along with them!
Ann Ketcheson is a retired high school teacher-librarian and teacher of English and French who lives in Ottawa, ON. She canít fly, but sheíd like to!
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