Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Review: Up in the Air

Up in the Air
          by Ann Marie Meyers          

          Ever since she can remember, ten-year-old Melody has always wanted to fly.

          And when she leaps off a swing in the park one day and lands in the mystical realm of Chimeroan, her dream finally comes true. She is given a pair of wings. She can fly! Life cannot be any better.

          Yet, dreams do come with a price. Even with wings, Melody realizes she cannot outfly the memories of her past. The car accident that has left her father paralyzed, and her unscarred, still plagues her with guilt—she believes that it was entirely her fault.

          In Chimeroan, Melody is forced to come to terms with her part in her father's accident. She must choose between the two things that have become the world to her: keeping her wings or healing her father...

          One of my favorite aspects of reading is the journey of a character. I’m not talking their walk from point A to point B. What I’m talking about is the voyage of the soul, the transformation of a single constitution written on the pages of a book. Melody, in Up in the Air follows this precise rite of passage.

          I found myself not liking the girl very much in the beginning pages. Melody was whinny, and had a distorted sense of accountability. Still, I could tell there were some underlined reasons why she acted this way, so I gave Melody a chance to grow. I’m really glad I gave her that opportunity, because she didn’t disappoint me.

          Ann Marie Meyers builds a breathtaking world when Melody jumps to Chimeroan, and gives her wings to fly. This middle-grade reader is full of all types of mystical creatures, and tied together with a remarkable coming of age story that is guaranteed to raise your spirits.