Get our latest staff recommendations, award news and digital catalog links right to your inbox.
Table of Contents
About The Book
From the Newbery Award–winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall comes a story about one brave girl who saves her family from losing everything. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly calls this lyrical tale “melodic, poetic, and enchanting.”
Everyone in Lucy’s family sings. Opera. Rap. Lullabies. Everyone, except Lucy. Lucy can’t sing; her voice won’t come out.
Just like singing, helping Aunt Frankie prepare for flooding season is a family tradition—even if Frankie doesn’t want the help. And this year, when the flood arrives and danger finds its way into the heart of Lucy’s family, Lucy will need to find her voice to save her brother.
“Filled with little moments of quiet wisdom and gentle humor, Newbery winner MacLachlan's story about family love soars” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
- Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (April 7, 2015)
- Length: 128 pages
- ISBN13: 9781442460096
- Grades: 2 and up
- Ages: 7 - 99
- Lexile ® 630L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®
Browse Related Books
Raves and Reviews
* "MacLachlan again demonstrates a gift for combining an economy of prose with a bounty of emotion.... As befits a story in which words and music play such a central role, MacLachlan’s writing is melodic, poetic, and enchanting."
– Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Filled with little moments of quiet wisdom and gentle humor, Newbery winner MacLachlan’s story about family love soars."
– Kirkus, starred review
"An inviting choice..."
* "Quiet and tender, this is a story that audiences will wish took longer to read."
– Bulletin, starred review
Awards and Honors
- ILA Teachers' Choices
- CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
- Kansas NEA Reading Circle List Intermediate Title
- Great Lakes Great Books Master List (MI)
- Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title
- MSTA Reading Circle List
- Wisconsin State Reading Association's Reading List
- South Dakota Children's Book Award Nominee
Resources and Downloads
High Resolution Images
- Book Cover Image (jpg): Fly Away Trade Paperback 9781442460096
- Author Photo (jpg): Patricia MacLachlan Photograph by John MacLachlan(2.1 MB)
Any use of an author photo must include its respective photo credit
More to Explore
Our Summer Reading Recommendations
Red-hot romances, poolside fiction, and blockbuster picks, oh my! Start reading the hottest books of the summer.
This Month's New Releases
From heart-pounding thrillers to poignant memoirs and everything in between, check out what's new this month.