Myra is used to keeping her feet firmly on the ground. She’s got four younger brothers, overworked parents, and a pregnant older sister, and if Myra wasn’t there to take care of everyone, they’d probably fall apart. But when her boyfriend unceremoniously dumps her, Myra feels like she’s lost her footing. Suddenly she’s doing things she never would’ve a few months earlier: quitting her job, applying for a scholarship to study birds in the Galapogos, and falling for a guy who’s encouraging her to leap from her old life . . . and fly.
Set in the Salt Lake City area, Girls Don’t Fly is full of intelligence, humor, and is a refreshing change of pace for teen readers.
"… the depiction of small-town dynamics, high-school breakups, crappy after-school jobs, and Myra’s growing desire to break free from limited expectations is both fresh and relatable." — Horn Book, October 1, 2011
"The protagonist is a delightfully spunky teen whose witticisms will keep readers laughing, and her deeply felt connection to her family … will leave them with watery eyes. Fans of Sarah Dessen will want to grab this one." — School Library Journal, January 2011
"Mixing ecological facts and humor, Chandler does a brilliant job of creating a very real world…" — IndieBound, Vivian Evans, the King’s English, Salt Lake City, UT