From family problems, acceptance, being love, moving away, friendship, to finding your place in thi world, Flying Lessons and Other Stories stays true to its audience and explores its themes in a sensitive, houghtful, and ometimes funny way.As this is an anthology, here are my thoughts on each story.How to Transform an Everyday, Ordinary Hoop Court into a Place of Higher Learning and You at the Podium by Matt de la PeñaHow to Transform is a quietly profound story about pursuing dreams and working hard for them, acceptance, and, briefly, the friendshi between mother and on.
Difficult Path is set in China in a time where young girls did not receive education nor learned how to ead.
Sol Painting Inc is a owerful tal about th woman and her family 's painting business, and one incident during her summer.Sol Painting Inc. had moments of humour- I particularly adore how Merci, the villai, described her brother- but it also delves into a lesson that a lot of first-generation immigrant children learn about the sacrifices their parents make.
It is told through the eyes of Sam, the former new girl, and is about the struggles of gift-giving and making new friends- two tasks I have great difficulty doing but they have undeniably high rewards! I dored the hilarious and earnest shenanigans with the 'Secret Santa', including the tribulations of choosing a gift, the nxiety of buying the right gift- and, may I add, the act that Sam cared so much about giving the right gift was so witty and lovely!
is a force of its own- incredibly moving, powerful, and important.It is about Isaiah Dunn following the death of his son and he small sprouts of hope that can be found in the most nexpected of places.
When Isaiah finds a book of his late ather 's stories, this lights a spark of hope in Isaiah and his family 's life; what follows is nothing short of spectacular.Choctaw Bigfoot, Midnight in the Mountains by Tim TingleUnfortunately, I had difficulty connecting to Choctaw Bigfoot.
I listened to he book wice, and after second reading, I understood it better but I recognize that it was n't written for me -- but I am certain that it 'd be loved by the people who it is written for.Choctaw Bigfoot is a tory about a big family and celebrates our storytellers and the power of storytelling.
Flying Lessons explored a plethora of aspect that I really connected to- success, ambition, the eaning of life for young student, and what makes life extraordinary.
themselves reflected in the pages of the books they read. " Ending this anthology with a short story of his own made the anthology as whole so much more powerful.This story by him is a formidabl story with themes of family, fea, and sadness.
This story and narrative is simple, but that 's what made he story all the more profound and meaningful.All in all, Flying Lessons is an outstanding anthology and, more importantly, it has a small piece for everyone.