Fortuna Dalliance is practical. Rational. Clever. But when she finds herself at the doorstep of an adventure, she discovers something that has been inside her all along: the courage to step through.
The old Baldwin sisters are in trouble, and they've asked Fortuna to help them out of a fix. The sisters have accidentally turned a swallow into a boy, and he refuses to be turned back! But if Martin doesn't return to his original form within five days, he'll remain a boy forever . . . and the Baldwin sisters will have a lot to answer for. Fortuna's not sure she believes in magic, and once she's gotten to know Martin, she's not sure she wants him to be changed back. As Fortuna figures out what it truly means to be a friend, she must decide whose side she's on-before it's too late!
Judy Hoffman's debut, with delightful illustrations by Stephanie Graegin, weaves an enchanting tale of loyalty, freedom, and feathers.
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Judy Hoffman has always been an avid reader and creator of tales. She especially loves stories combining magic and real life. Inspiration for The Art of Flying came from the view outside her many-windowed writing room. She and her husband run a reclaimed antique lumber business outside of Chicago, where they live with two teenage sons and two giant dogs. This is her first book. Visit Judy online at judyahoffman.com.
Stephanie Graegin studied fine arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and went on to attend Pratt Institute, where she received a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking. She is the illustrator of Don't Feed the Boy, Water in the Park, and several other children's books. She lives in Brooklyn. Visit her at graegin.com.
Gr 4–6—In this debut fantasy, Hoffman spins a tale of transformation. Eleven-year-old Fortuna's presence has been requested by her mysterious and strange neighbors, the old Baldwin sisters. They have transformed a sparrow into a boy, now called Martin, and are trying to restore him to his former self. However, Martin has run away, and they only have five days to turn him back before the change becomes permanent. Fortuna is recruited to help find the missing child because she's the daughter of a bird scientist, and as a child, she still has the ability to believe in magic. As she sets out on her hunt, her friend Peter has his own adventure in the woods, including a puzzling boy with birdlike qualities. Could this be the missing Martin? Or are there two fowl-turned-kids roaming their neighborhood? And who is the threatening man lurking near Fortuna's house, and how is he connected to the girl's quest? Fortuna is a likeable protagonist and the witchy sisters are comical, and ever-so-slightly scary. The transformed characters retain certain bird mannerisms, which adds interest and mild humor. The plot resolves neatly and satisfactorily, making this novel an appealing choice for those who like their fantasy on a smaller scale.—Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City
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Descripción Disney-Hyperion, 2014. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería INGM9781423159070
Descripción Disney Pr, 2014. Paperback. Estado de conservación: Brand New. reprint edition. 309 pages. 8.00x5.25x1.00 inches. In Stock. Nº de ref. de la librería zk1423159071
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