This Cricket Book by novelist Kezi Matthews is set in the time of Amelia Earhart. Called "a poignant look at a difficult adjustment to death within a coming-of-age scenario" by the School Library Journal, Flying Lessons explores themes of disappearance, death, and resilience.
In 1937—the summer Amelia Earhart disappears—thirteen-year-old LaMarr’s flamboyant mother Charmaine flies off with a stunt pilot friend and doesn’t return. Sent to live with an aunt and uncle, LaMarr awaits her mother’s return and sets out to track down her long-lost father. She encounters a crusty old man who once rode with Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders and now writes pulp Westerns. The old man’s friendship and wisdom help LaMarr finally accept the probability that her mother is gone forever.Hardcover.
In her third novel, Matthews, awarded the School Library Journal’s Best Book of the Year for John Riley’s Daughter, establishes herself as a novelist with a strong voice and a keen ear. Her wry humor and honest Southern voice reflect the glamour of wide-screen dreams and the sad lessons of life and death. As Kirkus Reviews raves, "Matthews ... sees all her characters, even the most deeply flawed, with a compassionate eye." This book is a perfect gift for readers of CICADA magazine and all teens with a love of reading.
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