Hoffman, Judy, Art of Flying. Pgs. 309. Disney Hyperion, 2014. $7.99. Language: G, Mature Content: G, Violence: G
When Fortuna’s presence is requested by her neighbors, the Baldwin sister, she discovers that they are trying to turn a sparrow back into his old self. Trouble is, Martin, the sparrow, has disappeared. With only five days left to bring him back, they’ve recruited Fortuna for her ability to still believe in magic. As a daughter of a bird scientist, Fortuna has the know-how as well. As she sets out on her hunt, however, she encounters a puzzling boy with birdlike qualities. Could he be Martin or are there two bird boys? rtin? Will she be able to bring him back? Will the Baldwin sisters be able to turn him back into a sparrow?
Fortuna is a likable, engaging character. The plot is well developed and has a mystery-like quality to it. Readers who enjoy magic, Roald Dahl-esque books, mystery, and adventure will enjoy reading this book. EL. OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.