Waiting on Wednesday–Flyaway by Helen Landalf

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?

Title & Author: Flyaway by Helen Landalf

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.


  1. This one sounds intense. I’m not really in the contemporary mood lately, but I’m sure the I’ll be back in one soon and this one sounds like one I’ll enjoy.

  2. Sounds really good. I hadn’t heard of it before. Nice pick!

    My WoW: http://astorytolove.blogspot.com/2011/08/waiting-on-wednesday-tris-and-izzie.html

  3. Interesting storyline! Nice choice! Feel free to check out my WoW here.

    Rumana @ Relook the Book

  4. I haven’t heard much about Flyaway, but it sounds interesting! I’m curious to see what Stevie’s mom is hiding. Great pick! =)
    My WoW

  5. Great pick. Can’t wait to read this one!

  6. I haven’t heard of this one before! I really like the cover design, and the story sounds like nothing I’ve ever read about before! Think I might go add this one 😉

    You can see my WoW post for this week at the link below– would love if you stopped by! Happy reading 🙂

    Lea @ LC’s Adventures in Libraryland

  7. This one sounds awesome! Thanks for putting it on my radar! =D *goes to write down*

  8. I got this one on my tbr pile, really looking forward to reading it!

  9. I LOVE this cover!! Great pick this week!! 🙂

    Lisa @ Lost in Literature
    My WoW

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