Piper McCloud can fly. Just like that. Easy as pie.
Sure, she hasn’t mastered reverse propulsion and her turns are kind of sloppy, but she’s real good at loop-the-loops.
Problem is, the good folk of Lowland County are afraid of Piper. And her ma’s at her wit’s end. So it seems only fitting that she leave her parents’ farm to attend a top-secret, maximum-security school for kids with exceptional abilities.
School is great at first with a bunch of new friends whose skills range from super-strength to super-genius. (Plus all the homemade apple pie she can eat!) But Piper is special, even among the special. And there are consequences.
Consequences too dire to talk about. Too crazy to consider. And too dangerous to ignore.
This was a very unexpected and enjoyable read. I hadn't paid much attention to the story, not even bothering to read the synopsis on the back cover. I picked it up and started reading it simply because it was the next book on the Battle of the Books list, so I went into it without expectations. How pleasantly surprised I was by this book. It is like Anne of Green Gables meets the X-Men. The main character, Piper, was a sweet (if somewhat stereotypical) country girl, and I liked her innocence and optimism right away. The other characters were fun and there is plenty of action that I think will appeal to young readers. The paperback cover is better than the original hardback cover (see right) and better represents what the story is about. I think the original cover might lead some readers to pass on what is actually a fun read. The sequel is due out in October and I definitely plan to check it out.