Review! The Flying Burgowski by Gretchen K. Wing

flyingThe Flying Burgowski

By Gretchen K. Wing

254 pages – ages 12+

Published by Gretchen K Wing on February 25, 2014

Synopsis- 14-year-old Jocelyn Burgowski knew her life was terrible. She actually preferred her flying dreams to her real-life – getting lost in her thoughts about flying. On her next birthday, amazingly, she CAN fly! She just leaps into the air and all of a sudden, her life was perfect! Her jerk of a brother was leaving to live with their alcoholic Mom (on the main land) for the summer, she got his job, and now she really could fly! Perfect… not so much. She finds out that she’ll be going to stay with her Mom too. In the very crowded city! This means little open spaces and no room to fly and right next to all the problems she thought she was leaving behind.

What I Thought- This was a really good book! Jocelyn is a great main character whom you really feel for! Her life is extremely miserable and depressing, you just want to cheer her on especially when she realizes she can fly. The characters in the book cuss, but Jocelyn, because she is “writing” the book, translates/censors some of them. The family has some troubles – the mom is mentioned to have at some point been a druggie and alcoholic, but is (mostly) clean now. Despite these depressing points, the book has a positive feel, a happy ending and the story never seems to drag. Ms. Wing’s writing style is realistic, and feels like a written journal. She makes you feel like there is no hope left for Jocelyn, and then suddenly adds rays of hope. Bonus points for a cool cover! I hope that there is a second book, but this could be a stand alone novel.

I give this 4 out of 5 bookworms.fourbooks

Categories: 13+ (YA)

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19 replies

  1. thanks you for your review, I find it refreshing. I run children’s book clubs in NY for an after school program, JJP (Jewish Journey Project), and our students review books. Yours is an inspiring blog. Thanks!

  2. I enjoyed this one too, Erik. 🙂

  3. Erik, Looking forward to reading the book. Great review!

  4. Great review, Erik! Everyone wonders what it would be like to fly.

  5. Cool concept! But I want her to be a superhero now. Does that make me immature?

  6. I love flying dreams and the freedom I feel in them. But, to really be able to fly would be so cool! Think I’d like this book.

  7. Reblogged this on Wing's World and commented:
    OK, I have a slight ulterior motive in choosing this moment to introduce you to Erik ___, a.k.a. This Kid Reviews Books: he’s just reviewed mine! But I am totally enamored of This Kid’s approach to literature aimed at his age group, and wanted to share him with you anyway. Here’s what he says on his “About” page:

    Hi, my name is Erik. I love books, so that’s why I have this blog . The reason I’m doing this is for parents to approve of a book, and for kids to find an excellent book too! Speaking of kids, did you know that I am one too? I am 9 1011 12 years old. I got the idea for this blog when my grandmom told me she was shopping for a book for me and didn’t know what to buy and a kid in the store told her to get me “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda”. He said it was a good book and that I would like it, so she bought it. Well, it is a good book and I did like it. I thought that if my grandmom would take the advice of a kid maybe “this kid” (me) could help other kids and grown-ups looking for books for kids, find books they like. Plus my Mom is always trying to find “appropriate” books for me so I am going to include some of her and my Dad’s thoughts on some of the books I read.
    Don’t you love him already? OK–now it’s time to hear from Erik directly:

  8. Thank you for this thoughtful review, Erik! I have just re-blogged it on my own blog, Wing’s World–hope that’s OK with you (I’ll remove it if not, of course). You have no idea how influential young readers/writers like you are to the rest of the reading/writing world. Keep up the marvelous work–and kudos to your entire family for their involvement.


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