The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester
Piper McCloud knows that she is a little different than the other people in Lowland County…mainly because, well, she can fly. And flying makes someone different, which in Lowland County is not a good thing. For eleven years, Piper’s parents have kept her questionable gift a secret by homeschooling her, keeping her busy with chores and forbidding her to fly.
However all the years of secrecy are broken at a town picnic when Piper, in a desperate attempt to win friends, uses her gift to catch a fly ball in a baseball game. Between the frenzied newspaper and TV reporters, and the whispering townspeople, the quiet life that the McClouds’ had built for themselves seems destroyed.
Until Dr. Hellion arrives.
Dr. Hellion works for a government agency that seeks out “extraordinary” children, inviting them to attend an institute where they will learn to control their gifts. Piper makes the decision to go with the doctor, thinking that this will be best not only for her, but for her family as well. At the institute (which is really a thirteen level, state of the art, underground facility hidden in the Arctic), Piper meets children who are also different, among them the electrical Kimber, super-intelligent Conrad, size shifting Violet and the weather controlling twins, Nalin and Ahmed Mustafa. The institute seems too good to be true, and soon Piper learns they are all in danger….but is it too late to do anything?
When I first read about this book, I couldn’t help but feel it was a total rip-off of the X-men (which happens to be one of my favorite comics). However, this was also the same thing that attracted me to the book so much. After reading it, I realized my initial impression was kind of right…but I liked the characters and the story so much, I just didn’t care. This is a great book for boys and girls who are superhero fans, but need something more substantial to read.