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Flying Lessons [Flying Away]

Nava Semel
AGE: 12-14

In 1955, Hadara`s small Israeli village has one of everything: one grocer, one nurse and one junk dealer. Hadara`s only distinction is that she’s the only child without a mother. Her father is a citrus grower, and he loves his trees as though they were his children. Hadara decides that it`s time to distinguish herself and fly away from her loneliness. Monsieur Maurice, the village shoemaker, has a mysterious past and he sparks Hadara`s imagination by telling her about Jews in his homeland who could fly. Hadara cajoles Monsieur Maurice into giving her flying lessons. He tells her to study the birds and practice jumping, and then one day she will fly above the village. But as her lessons go on, Hadara learns that she can`t escape from the loneliness of not having a mother. Flying Lessons is a poignant coming-of-age story which explores the importance of dreams and reality, and the delicate balance between them.


Semel weaves dream-like images and innocent profundity into a coming-of-age tale of great power....Sensitive translation preserves the lyricism of Semel`s deeply moving work.
Publishers Weekly 

A novel that connects the suffering, the longing and willpower of childhood with magic....It is a delicate, sweet, haunting story.
The Washington Post 

An Israeli story rich with imagination....The author succeeds in describing such different people and brings them all to life...Full of inspiration.
Westenwald Hessen

Flying Lessons
Title Flying Lessons
Author’s Last Name Semel
Author's First Name Nava
Language(s) English, German, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Czech, Serbian, Spanish
Genre youth
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1990
Publisher 2 (Hebrew) Yedioth Ahronoth
Year of Publication 2 (Hebrew) 2004
No. Pages 103
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Morris Chavivʹel Melamed Laʹuf; Laʹuf Mi-Kan
Representation Represented by ITHL

Translations

English: New York, Simon & Schuster, 1995
German: Berlin, Elefanten Press, 1995; Pback: Weinheim, Beltz & Gelberg, 2000
Italian: Verona, Mondadori, 1997
Czech: Prague, Albatros, 1998
Spanish: Madrid, Loguez, 1998
Dutch: Baarn, Fontein, 1999
Serbian: Belgrade, Book & Marso, 2008
Chinese: Nanjing, Jiangsu Children's Pub., 2016
 
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