The Boy Who Could Fly by James Norcliffe

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A young boy lives in an orphanage that is completely surrounded by a thick wall. Every day, he wishes he were free. He wishes he had a new life. And then he meets the loblolly boy, who is strange, mysterious and who promises the young boy that he can teach him how to fly - as he himself can, with his green, feathery wings.  In teaching the boy how to fly, however, the loblolly boy has made an Exchange--he switches place with the orphan. Now the young boy is free and the loblolly boy is "real." The young boy rejoices in his freedom until he realizes the price he has paid and soon sets out to make his own Exchange - but at what cost?
 

About James Norcliffe

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James Norcliffe is both an award-winning poet and the author of five Young Adult novels. He teaches at New Zealand's Lincoln University and lives in Church Bay with his wife and an ungrateful cat named Pinky Bones. His novel, The Assassin of Gleam, received an award for the best fantasy published in New Zealand in 2006.
 
Published July 13, 2010 by EgmontUSA. 320 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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In this bizarre little story, first published in New Zealand in 2009 as The Loblolly Boy, a boy named Michael desperately wants out of his miserable life at a home for orphaned and abandoned children, and one day he sees his chance.

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Lonely Michael is trapped in a home for orphans and "rejects," so when a winged boy appears and offers to teach Michael to fly away, Michael (literally) leaps at the chance.

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