Girls Don't Fly

By Kristen Chandler
(Viking Juvenile, Hardcover, 9780670013319)

Publication Date: October 13, 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Winter 2012 Kids' Next List
“Myra is the glue that holds her family together, until her own life starts to crumble. She competes for a scholarship to study birds in the Galapagos Islands and finds her biggest competition is the boyfriend who just dumped her. Mixing ecological facts and humor, Chandler does a brilliant job of creating a very real world, and reminds us just how important family relationships can be.”
-- Vivian Evans, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT


Myra is used to keeping her feet firmly on the ground. She's got four younger brothers, overworked parents, and a pregnant older sister, and if Myra wasn't there to take care of everyone, they'd probably fall apart. But when her boyfriend unceremoniously dumps her, Myra feels like she's lost her footing. Suddenly she's doing things she never would've a few months earlier: quitting her job, applying for a scholarship to study birds in the Galapogos, and falling for a guy who's encouraging her to leap from her old life . . . and fly.

Set in the Salt Lake City area, Girls Don't Fly is full of intelligence, humor, and is a refreshing change of pace for teen readers.

About the Author

Kristen Chandler ( lives in Orem, Utah.

Praise For Girls Don't Fly

"... the depiction of small-town dynamics, high-school breakups, crappy after-school jobs, and Myra's growing desire to break free from limited expectations is both fresh and relatable."
-Horn Book, October 1, 2011

"The protagonist is a delightfully spunky teen whose witticisms will keep readers laughing, and her deeply felt connection to her family ... will leave them with watery eyes. Fans of Sarah Dessen will want to grab this one."
-School Library Journal, January 2011

"Mixing ecological facts and humor, Chandler does a brilliant job of creating a very real world..."
-IndieBound, Vivian Evans, the King's English, Salt Lake City, UT

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