Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s designed for bloggers to spotlight the upcoming releases that they simply can’t wait to read.
Flyaway has a bunch of my favorite elements in one book–a Pacific Northwest setting, a girl finding herself, a relationship conflict with her mother, etc. I’m a big fan of contemporary/realistic fiction, and this 2011 debut sounds like a great example of that. I’m also excited about this book because Helen Landalf has signed up to be interviewed by my students for my Students Want to Know feature
What are you waiting on this Wednesday?
Release Date: December 19, 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Summary (From Goodreads): Fifteen-year-old Stevie Calhoun is used to taking care of herself. But one night, her mom, who works as an exotic dancer in a downtown Seattle nightclub, never comes home.
That’s the night Stevie’s life turns upside down.
It’s the night that kicks off an extraordinary summer: the summer Stevie has to stay with her annoyingly perfect Aunt Mindy; the summer she learns to care for injured and abandoned birds; the summer she gets to know Alan, the meanest guy in high school.
But most of all, it’s the summer she finds out the truth about Mom.
FLYAWAY is the story of a teen girl’s struggle to hold on to what she’s always believed, even as her world spins out of control.