I recently won a giveaway on Goodreads.com for Flexible Wings by Veda Stamps.
Despite the fact this book is for tweens, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the lead character.
Here’s my quick review:
Flexible Wings is the charming story of Summer Stevenson and her struggle to find her place in a new neighborhood.
Being the daughter of a military parent is tough, but both of Summer’s parents have military backgrounds. Dad is recently retired and Mom is still serving our country. While many admire the Stevensons for their service, Summer just wants to have both parents at home and she wants to live in one place for a change. So, when her parents move the family to Valencia, California, Summer is NOT pleased. She has to leave behind the one home she really loved, has to leave behind her best friend, Esperanza, and worst of all, she’s going to have to navigate a new school and new kids.
The only shining light in the midst of this doom and gloom is – finally – the chance to join a swim team!
Stamps beautifully captures the voice of tweens and deftly illustrates the conflicting feelings of being a military dependent. Her characters are engaging and the story moves along at a good pace. Middle grade readers will easily make their way through the book, hopefully finding the strength and courage to tackle new situations and deal with bullies just as Summer does.
I look forward to reading more from Veda Stamps as she’s proven herself to be a wonderful storyteller.