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Author: Dowding, Philippa
Publisher: Dundurn
Year Published: 2014
Grades: Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9

Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden, The

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Canadian author, Philippa Dowding, best known for The Lost Gargoyle trilogy, has written a new young adult novel aimed at a junior high school audience. Gwendolyn Golden is in 8th grade and has her share of issues at home ヨ the mysterious disappearance of her father, puberty and raging hormones ヨ plus her share of issues at school. She has one best friend but everyone else, including teachers, often make her feel embarrassed, angry or both. Written in the first person, Gwendolyn’s voice reflects the angst of a typical young teen ヨ often hilarious, sometimes angry but always perceptive. When Gwennie wakes up one morning with her head bumping on the ceiling she discovers a host of new problems. As a teenager, she suddenly has the ability to fly and is part of a small group of humans called Night Flyers, a trait probably inherited from her father. Through many humerous misadventures Gwendolyn learns to control her flying, accept new responsibilities and escape the dark forces that often accompany magical powers. Although this coming-of-age novel has a female protagonist, Gwennie is a tom-boy and both sexes will relate to her problems. This is a lively, fast-paced read that will appeal to young fantasy readers looking for some magic in a modern, realistic setting.

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