"A great read aloud for the classroom." – School Library Connection, Starred Review
Flight of the Puffin
“Remember the way your kids fell in love with WONDER? …they’ll fall in love with this one, too.”
— Colby Sharp, Teacher and Nerdy Book Club Co-Founder
Cybil Award Finalist
An Amazon Editor’s Pick for Best Books for 9-12
A Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year
Winner of the M. Jerry Weiss Book Award for Middle School Novels
NCTE/CLA Notable Book
NCSS-CBC Notable Book
ALA Booklist Starred Review
School Library Connection Starred Review
Nebraska Golden Sower Award List
Vermont Golden Dome Award List
Singapore Red Dot Award List
Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award List
One small act of kindness ripples out to connect four kids, in a stirring novel by the author of the beloved The Benefits of Being an Octopus.
Libby comes from a long line of bullies. She wants to be different, but sometimes that doesn’t work out. Now she’s suspended again.
On the opposite side of the country lives Vincent, a kid who loves the mathematician Katherine Johnson and being a non-conformist, who’s trying hard not to get stuffed into lockers at his new school. But that’s not working out too well either.
Nearby is T, who couldn’t take living at home anymore and is determined to survive on a rainy sidewalk.
And then there’s Jack, a big-hearted kid so engaged in the fight to keep his small rural school open that he’s lost focus on the ones who need him most.
Four kids. Four different lives. And then… one card with a message of hope takes flight and starts a chain reaction, helping each kid summon the thing they need, whether it’s bravery, empathy, or understanding. But best of all, it makes each one realize they matter — and that they’re not flying solo anymore.