The Flyaway Girls


About The Flyaway Girls

Telia makes her movements graceful as well as technically perfect. And when she finishes with a full straight-body somersault – something I have never been able to do – her delighted grin makes everybody else smile. Even the judges.

Even me.

Even though I am wishing, more than anything, that I could perform like that. And knowing, with a horrible sinking feeling, that I never will.

Chelsea is the hardest worker in her gymnastics club and she’s determined to make the Nationals team, and then the Olympics.

But new girl Telia has more natural talent. Chelsea gets jealous, which feels awful, because she really likes Telia, who isn’t stuck-up like some other girls at gym. And it’s not only envy that’s bothering Chelsea – she’s got family issues to worry about and her school friends are acting weird.

It’s time for Chelsea to figure out what’s really important – and just maybe take a leap into the unknown . . .

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I found The Flyaway Girls refreshing and innovative. The Flyaway Girls is about life balance and also about learning to accept that although you can be very good at something you will not necessarily be the best. Other themes include nurturing relationships and making amends. – Katy Gerner, Reading Time

Flyaway Girls deals realistically and sympathetically with some of the big issues that face young people as they move into adulthood: the unravelling of childhood friendships, the choice to make hard decisions for the greater good, and learning to pursue what’s really important. This is an ideal novel for younger secondary students, especially those who need a gentle reminder to take a breath and enjoy life. – Lian, Lamont books

It is absolutely amazing. I really like the cover. The minute Mum gave it to me I could not put it down. – Kate, 8 years.