Fly Back, Agnes by Elizabeth Atkinson ~ Book Review

Book Description: 

A story that tackles the everyday inner turmoil of growing up and staying true to oneself.

Twelve-year-old Agnes hates everything about her life: her name, her parents' divorce, her best friend's abandonment, her changing body . . . . So while staying with her dad over the summer, she decides to become someone else. She tells people she meets that her name is Chloe, she's fourteen, her parents are married, and she's a dancer and actor--just the life she wants.

But Agnes's fibs quickly stack up and start to complicate her new friendships, especially with Fin, whose mysterious relative runs a local raptor rehab center that fascinates Agnes. The birds, given time and care, heal and fly back home. Agnes, too, wants to get back to wherever she truly belongs. But first she must come to see the good in her real life, however flawed and messy it is, and be honest with her friends, her family, and herself.

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About the Author: 

I'm the award-winning Middle Grade author of FROM ALICE TO ZEN, I EMMA FREKE, THE SUGAR MOUNTAIN SNOW BALL, THE ISLAND OF BEYOND, and FLY BACK, AGNES MOON coming in Spring 2020!

My favorite part of writing for tweens is connecting with young readers and aspiring writers. I've visited with thousands of students (schools, libraries, book clubs, Skype) across the USA and as far away as Canada, Ireland, and China!

So if you're interested, check out my website and contact me about my Author Visits and writing workshops!


Agnes is a twelve year old girl who hates everything about herself, her name, her parent’s divorce, her best friend's abandonment, her changing body... She doesn't know where she belongs. When she crosses the bridge in Bittersweet to Renew where she pretends to be Chloe who’s an actress (mostly theater and some TV ads) with a dancer background with a fabulous life. Her new friends think she’s amazing, her lies start to stack up and it’s getting harder and harder to get out of her mess. When they find out that Chloe is all just a game, they don’t know what to say. Agnes realizes it’s better to be herself than try to be someone she’s not.

I recommended this book for all ages. This book is especially good for girls who feel out of place and need to know other girls go through the same thing. I could connect with Agnes before we’re the same age and have gone through something similar. Being a girl is difficult and it feels good to know you’re not alone.

4.5 out of 5 stars!

Review written by Abby ~ (Seriously Abby Blog)

~*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own. *~


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