Flexible Wings by Veda Stamps
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I RECIEVED THIS BOOK FROM THE AUTHOR, Veda Stamps, IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY VIEWS OR OPINIONS IN ANY WAY.
This is an amazing middle grade novel.
Summery from goodreads:
Summer Stevenson is an eleven-year-old military kid who dreams of having a permanent home and swimming in the Olympics one day, just like her idol Olympian Lia Neal. But those things seem out of reach as her parents “the heroes” continually move the family from house to house like boxed-up toys.
After their last move, she thought her life would never change, but now the moving truck is idling in front of her house again, this time taking the family to Valencia, a small town in southern California known for its bike trails, roller coasters and great schools. But things aren't so great for Summer. She worries constantly that her fighter-pilot mom could be redeployed at any moment, and she struggles to make new friends, finding herself in humiliating circumstances with her neighbors.
Summer sees a glimmer of hope when her parents sign her up for competitive swimming, but she turns out to be the worst swimmer on the team! Inspired by nature and drawing support from friendships both old and new, including those with Grandma "Bachaan," her coaches, and other kids on the swim team, Summer seeks the courage she'll need to tackle life's challenges. It isn't until her little sister is in an accident that Summer truly finds the source of her inner strength and uses it to face her greatest fears head-on.
This book deals with sensitive topics about having military parents. It is neat how the author winds it into the book, and it makes it more creative. I think many kids would relate to this.
I liked Summer's personality. She was a neat kid, who was going through typical problems. When she moves, she has a hard time fitting in with her neighbor kids. Summer finally meets some friends who swim on her swim team, but the friends are not perfect friends. Unlike so many middle grade novels, this one isn't all perfect for the kid, who goes through struggles.
The writing style in this book is neat. It was descriptive and also really flowing well. The plot stayed at a good pace, making me want to keep reading. That is why I finished it in two days. I enjoyed how there were real problems in this book for the kids that made the book seem real. I found myself really relating to Summer.
Even though this is a middle grade book, I would recommend it to anyone who wants a interesting realistic fiction read.
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