Title: Fly Away Free
Author: Anne Turner Coppola
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
The story begins when Tessie Farrell, an older woman living in South Florida, is walking her dog and rescues a baby osprey whose parents are killed by three young boys raiding the osprey’s nest to steal the baby ospreys. Taking the rescued baby osprey home, Tessie contacts the police to report what happened. After caring and feeding the baby osprey and building a cage for the bird, Tessie finds herself exhausted. Lying down to rest, Tessie is transported back in time, when she was a ten-year-old girl living with her parents on a dairy farm in northern New York. Devastated to learn that she is adopted, Tessie is taunted by her classmates as she struggles to understand why she was unwanted by her biological parents. In her isolation from children her own age, she creates her own fantasy world with the help of Dolly, a horse that is boarded at the farm and whom Tessie adopts as her pet horse, and two pet geese, raised and nurtured by Tessie as hatchlings. While Tessie roams her fantasy world with Dolly, she meets and befriends an older woman, Maudie, who will play a very important role in helping Tessie find herself as she learns to accept who she is and to find acceptance by those around her. This is a story of courage, self-discovery, and love, and a young girl’s struggle to overcome the pain of being adopted.
I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.
Fly Away Free is an interesting story about the memories Tessie has when she rescues a baby osprey after its parents were killed by some teens. She remembers the time when she was a child and she raised two geese after their parents disappeared.
When Tessie was seven, she was told that she was adopted and it changed her outlook on life. Her parents tried to explain that she was special because they chose her out of all of the babies that were adopted but it didn’t change her mind. She isolated herself from other children because she thought she was different. I’m sure some children feel the way Tessie did but it was hard for me to relate to because my mom was adopted and her parents were always open about it and it didn’t bother her. She was never curious about her biological parents because her adoptive parents were the ones who loved and raised her.
Tessie learned many lessons along the way. Taking care of the goslings and learning all about them for a science project was a lot of work but she persevered. As she fell in love with her geese, she learned that love is more important than blood. She also learned how to forgive, which can be difficult for all of us.
Fly Away Free is a quick and interesting read that readers of any age would enjoy.
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