These are the thoughts that occupy Lucy as she and her family drive to visit their Aunt Frankie. It's the rainy season and Frankie's property is sure to flood; the family need to be there to help her. Sure enough, they arrive just before the bridge goes underwater. Soon, the floodwaters are climbing up the hill towards Frankie's house.
By morning, the rain has stopped, but the river has become an ocean and is now lapping at the verandah. The shed has been swept away. And Becky the cow has decided that the house might be safer than being in the barn with the other cows.
And then Teddy goes missing. With all the floodwater around, he needs to be found quickly. But how will they locate him? After all, he doesn't speak. He won't call out. Perhaps it's time for Lucy to find her voice.
This is a beautifully written story of one girl finding her place in the world. Patricia MacLachlan is a Newbery Medal winner and adept at evoking character in sparse, simple prose. Fly Away isn't necessarily an easy read for young kids, as it explores fairly deep themes of identity, self-belief and belonging, but it would be a great book to read with a parent or teacher.
Title: Fly Away
Author: Patricia MacLachlan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, $9.99 RRP
Publication Date: June 2015
For ages: 7+
Type: Junior Fiction