Flight of a Starling

Flight of a Starling

Rita and Lo, sisters and best friends, have spent their lives on the wing ? flying through the air in their trapeze act, never staying in one place for long. Behind the greasepaint and the glitter, they know that the true magic is the family they travel with. Until Lo meets a boy. Suddenly, she wants nothing more than to stay still. And as secrets start to tear apart the cl Rita and Lo, sisters and best friends, have spent their lives on the wing ? flying through the air in their trape...

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Title:Flight of a Starling
Author:Lisa Heathfield
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Genres:Young Adult
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Flight of a Starling Reviews

  • Tez
    Feb 15, 2017
    Thursday 16th February 2017: Reason for adding to wishlist: Have the author's other two books on my wishlist. Intrigued by the trapeze aspect. Somewhat put off by the "heroine rethinks her future because of a guy" aspect, though. ...
  • Angela Smith
    Sep 09, 2017
    This is a book that had me thinking for it for quite awhile after I read it. In the first few chapters I thought it was going to be standard Girl meets Boy and he is not part of her world and is forbidden to see him, but it is much deeper than that. Rita and Lo (Laura) are two sist...
  • Janine
    Jun 08, 2017
    Lisa Heathfield continues her trend of writing stories that are utterly enchanting and heartbreaking at the same time. Be prepared to find yourself emotionally invested. I was left reeling for a short while after reading this, even though as readers we're told from the beginning what i...
  • Sandra "Jeanz"
    May 26, 2017
    REVIEW As I had read Seed and Paper Butterflies both by Lisa Heathfield and loved both books this one quickly made it to my "Must Read" List! Also as I had recently read Spectacle by Rachel Vincent which had a "circus theme" to it I fancied reading something else with a similar theme....
  • Cintia
    Jun 22, 2017
    Lisa Heathfield didn't disappoint. Still gathering my thoughts on this beautifully heartbreaking book. I cried for a good half an hour!! ...
  • Sigourney
    Jun 22, 2017
    Received from NetGalley for review. Flight of a Starling was something vastly different to what I was expecting. I was prepared for circus life, first love, and teenage angst, not so much for the grief, tension, and tragedy that was delivered. I should have known better ? Lisa ...
  • Cndy
    May 14, 2019
    Beautifully written. A great story with many lessons. ...
  • Joséphine (Word Revel)
    Aug 13, 2017
    Initial thoughts: I spent the last quarter of the book crying. Even though the outcome was already clear from the prologue, the details still broke me. No matter how difficult and impossible things seem in the moment, a rash act can end it all. Talking to someone and looking for other ...
  • Kate Ormand
    Jun 30, 2017
    Sisters, Rita and Lo, perform a trapeze act in a small travelling circus. Their lives seem like magic, a dream ? until Lo meets a boy from a town they stop in and doesn?t want to move on. He follows her from site to site before she goes too far. For the first time, Lo questions her...
  • Emma
    Jun 10, 2017
    Warning - You will need a box of tissues. This is the only book that had me totally sobbing. I first fell in love with Lisa's books with Paper Butterflies, and I believe that I've found myself a new favourite author of 2017. Told in the dual perspective, sisters and kindred spirit...
  • Nikki Sheehan
    Apr 14, 2017
    Lisa Heathfield hits that sad, thoughtful, important spot again, with characters you just want to hug and writing to die for. This will be a top book for 2017! Just amazing! ...
  • Megan  (YABookers)
    Jul 07, 2017
    I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley Rita and Lo are inseparable ? sisters and best friends. Always on the move, and always flying through the air, holding on to each other for support for their trapeze act. Fearless and weightless, they find the magic in everythi...
  • Bao包子
    Sep 29, 2017
    I am broken. Yet I am still whole. This book is brilliance. ...
  • Kirsty Hanson
    Jun 07, 2017
    After reading Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield and absolutely LOVING IT, I was so excited to read more by her, and when I was offered Flight of a Starling from the publisher, I couldn?t wait to get into it. I am literally writing this review 1 hour before it?s meant to be going...
  • Hannah
    Mar 04, 2019
    I didn't like this much. It wasn't totally boring. I just didn't think there was anything really good about it. I didn't care much about the characters and I forgot whose POV I was reading from. The book tried introducing a major moment for a character when I didn't feel it had built u...
  • Grace
    Jun 03, 2017
    Just as beautiful and devastating as I expected. I'll need some recovery time, definitely, to sift through my feelings and dust off the magic... ...
  • Suze Lavender
    Oct 07, 2017
    Rita and Lo are sisters. They're traveling around with the circus their family belongs to. Dangerous acts and being the center of attention is what they're used to. They never stay anywhere long, they go from place to place. Lo and Rita have always been close, they tell each other ever...
  • Hannah Pike
    Aug 24, 2017
    'I want her angel wings to come alive and fold around me until I sleep and sleep and make it all go away.' I rate this 3.5 stars! This novel is based around Rita and Lo, sisters and best friends that are both part of a circus. Then Lo meets a boy and everything changes. -SP...
  • Tissy
    Jul 02, 2017
    What an unbelievably powerful storyteller. What a heart wrenching story. Heathfield makes you stroll through sadness until you realise too late that you're waist deep in pain and then somehow you have to trudge through a crap load of emotions that stick to you long after the book is fi...
  • Alessandra Crivelli
    Sep 28, 2017
    trigger warnings: suicidal thoughts. THIS IS HOW YOU WRITE A BOOK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH. OH MY GOD, GUYS. I love Lisa Heathfield so much. This book is about the circus life. Lo and Rita are two sisters who grew up in a circus and spend their all lives performing and moving...
  • Karen Barber
    Jul 18, 2017
    Rita and Lo are close. They rely on each other, in life as well as in their trapeze act. Then Lo meets Dean, a flattie, and the girls start to grow apart. We watch them in their home environment, getting a feel for life in the circus. It's also a book about choices/dealing with loss. ...
  • Dannii Elle
    Apr 13, 2017
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Lisa Heathfield, and the publisher, Electric Monkey, for this opportunity. Around this time last year I read, and absolutely adored, Heathfield's Paper Butterflies, (full review can be found he...
  • Rachel
    Jul 10, 2017
    Themes: love, secrets, performance, mental health, loss Like Paper Butterflies before it, Flight of a Starling is a lesson in how to write heartbreak. It didn't grip me at all at first as the story felt very slow moving, but I persevered and I'm so glad I did. The language is imagi...
  • Sam
    Aug 18, 2017
    I read Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield last year and it simply blew me away. Given this I couldn't wait to read Flight of a Starling. This author knows how to turn the simple into the extraordinary. The language is engaging, unusual and evocative, you won't find any padding or fil...
  • Mina Cole
    May 29, 2018
    It was a little hard for me to decide how many stars I wanted to give this book, simply because it made me feel so many things, and the majority of those feelings weren't happy. That's part of what makes Heathfield such an original YA author though; Her stories aren't "picture perfect...
  • Christina Reid
    Jan 27, 2018
    Our big top waits for the evening performance. It's empty of strangers now, but the smell of them and their dreams stays locked under the canvas. Even leaving the door rolled open doesn't send it away. Picked this up from the library as I had heard lots of recommendations for this and...
  • Sebastian Skov Andersen
    Apr 21, 2019
    So, a bit of a SPOILER ALERT here, but there are some things I genuinely feel like people considering reading this book should know before they waste their time. THE FLIGHT OF A STARLING by Lisa Heathfield is the stupidest, most superficial book you?ll read this year. Please don?...
  • Bookwormandtheatremouse
    Aug 24, 2018
    Another interesting subject tackled by Lisa Heathfield. This felt a little slow to get going with a lot of establishment of characters and the scene. However once it picked up pace it was difficult to put down - and you knew the pace would suddenly pick up from the introductory chapter...
  • Graciethebookworm
    Feb 27, 2018
    I close my eyes and this book is what I see: darkness splattered with bursts of vibrant colour. This book had absolutely beautiful writing and a heart-wrenching ending. I absolutely loved reading about the circus element of Flight of a Starling and not just the performing, but their wh...
  • Siobhan Mackie
    Jun 07, 2019
    Sisters Lo and Rita are part of the circus, and have been born and bred into it. The circus is in their blood, just as surely as it is in their parents'. Rita and Lo are best friends. They perform their act together, they sleep in the same van, they travel everywhere together. They are...