The Closest Thing to Flying

Two girls, a century apart. Together they'll find freedom.

Author Gill Lewis

Suitable for:  10+ boys and girls. Fans of Michael Morpurgo,Kiran Millwood Hargrave, and Geraldine McCaughrean.

Price:  £6.99

ISBN: 978-0-19-274948-2
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Paperback: 240 pages
Dimensions: 198x129mm

Also available as an ebook
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When Semira discovers a diary written by Hen, a girl living over 100 years ago, she finds the friend she has been desperately seeking. A friend who brings not just comfort, but inspiration to be brave, to fight for her place in the world, and maybe even to uncover the secrets of her own past. . .

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  • Praise for Gill Lewis Lewis's confident, economical prose takes the reader up, up and away. - The Times
  • Vivid, difficult,and satisfying, this is magnificent storytelling. - The Guardian
  • The best book I have ever read. I couldnt stop reading it Its the BEST. - Lilybelle, Guardian Childrens Books website
  • Lewis produces something very special with each new book. - Daily Mail
  • Gill Lewis weaves an unforgettable tale of displacement, hope, and the search for freedom. - The Guardian
  • Gill Lewis has established herself as the principal contemporary writer of animal stories, combining a vet's knowledge of her subject with a novelist's capacity for character and plot. - Telegraph
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