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Night Flying

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Night Flying

In Rita Murphy's award winning first novel, NIGHT FLYING, the ability to fly is both a gift and a burden. Like the women of Alice Hoffman's novel PRACTICAL MAGIC, the women of the Hansen family can fly --- and have been doing so for generations. Unfortunately, however, their gift is bound by a strict code of rules laid down by family matriarch Grandmother Hansen. Her rules are as follows: no solo flying until a flier is initiated at age 16; a meatless diet; no men; and, more importantly, no daytime flying. After all, the Hansen "gift" must be kept a secret --- but at what cost?

Grandmother Hansen is domineering and cold and she controls the family fortune as well as the lives of her daughters and granddaughter with an iron fist. But family secrets are set to fly as 16-year-old Georgia Hansen's initiation ceremony draws near. Will Georgia follow in the footsteps of her rebellious "Aunt" Carmen, who was banished from the family for breaking the rules; or will she fall in line with the rest of the Hansen clan in accepting Grandmother Hansen's controlling yet steadfast protection.

Readers will rally behind Georgia as she attempts to weigh the importance of her heritage against the right to control her own life. Those with the ability to suspend disbelief will be eager to soar with Georgia on her newfound wings of self-determination.

Reviewed by Tammy L. Currier on October 18, 2011

Night Flying
by Rita Murphy

  • Publication Date: November 14, 2000
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 038532748X
  • ISBN-13: 9780385327480