If I Could Fly by Jill Hucklesby

If I Could Fly

Written by Jill Hucklesby

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A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection.

A haunting and magical story about the living and the dead and those who seem able to live somewhere in between. Calypso Summer is on the run. She can’t remember why and she doesn’t know how she will find safety. All she knows is that she must not get caught by the FISTS who make the rules. Finding sanctuary in the derelict hospital, Calypso finds unusual companions, including Alfie who begins to answer some of the questions that Calypso needs to understand. A cleverly unravelled story that keeps readers guessing for a long time.


If I Could Fly by Jill Hucklesby

Tender and deeply moving, If I Could Fly is an unputdownable novel with real heart. It will keep you guessing until the final page.

"Calypso Summer. Yeah, that really is my name. 'A girl with such a name is on a journey. She will have adventures,' my mother used to murmur in my ear. And I now I am on a journey. I'm running from something terrible - but I don't know what. It's like my brain has blocked it out. For now, I'm learning to survive: to break the System and not get caught. I've found a friend I can trust. Next stop, freedom. Somehow, somewhere..."

If I Could Fly is a story you'll never forget.


'A satisfying blend of action and reflection for young teens.' Daily Mail

'A beautifully written coming-of-age story.' The Bookseller

'This futuristic and unusual novel is infused with mystery from the very first page ... lyrically written, surprising and original.' Chicklish

'An elegant, slightly dystopian, kaleidoscopically surreal coming-of-age story ...' The Bookette

'Young people will enjoy the fast-paced action, sense of menace and twist that leads to the denouement. Hucklesby has written a satisfying story with a difference for this age group.' Write Away

About the Author

Jill Hucklesby

Jill lives and works by the sea near Brighton. As well as being a children’s author, she has written for children’s TV and the stage. She is currently working on her third book for young teens. ‘Deeper Than Blue’ won the 1066 Schools’ Book award and was shortlisted for the Bolton Children’s Book award and the Cumbrian Spellbinding award. It was also long-listed for the Branford Boase award for an outstanding first novel for children. Since launching her website, she has had many lovely messages and many of them are for Zack, her Golden Retriever!

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304 pages
Interest Age: From 11


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Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont Childrens Books

Publication date

3rd January 2011




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