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Set during the sticky-hot summer of 1968 - a year in American history marked by assassinations, Vietnam War protests and civil rights rioting - Flying South tells the coming-of-age story of Alice, who faces some trying concerns of her own.
She longs for a connection with her mother, who is beautiful but distant, caught up in the search for a husband who will help erase the memory of Alice's father.
Alice's friendship with Bridget, a tennis-playing Twiggy, introduces her to competitiveness and the shallow pettiness of rich girls as well as to the prejudice that many Americans still feel towards black people.
But it is her friendship with Doc, the family gardener, that continually brings her back to the truths that will shape the decisions in her life as he reminds her that she should always do what's right.
About the Author
L. M. Elliott is a talented new author, who has moved into fiction following 18 years of writing about young people's issues for the Washingtonian magazine. Inspired by her father, Under a War-Torn Sky was her first novel and the winner of the Borders 2001 Original Voices Award for Young Adult Literature. Flying South is the winner of the Joan G. Sugarman Children's Book Award.
"a rich image of America's 1960s... as if sipping information from a glass of iced tea, Southern-style sweet." Signal"
For Ages: 10+ years old
Published: 31st May 2006
Dimensions (cm): 18.7 x 13.1 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.191