Comments for The Art of Flying
The Art of Flying: 03/05/15
In The Art of Flying by Judy Hoffman a pair of witches have a slight problem and they need someone to fix it. They have turned a swallow into a boy who now calls himself Martin, and he has no desire to be avian again.
Fortuna Dalliance, a neighbor to the Baldwin sisters, is roped into convincing Martin to go back to being a bird. If she can't do it within five days, he won't be able to, and there will be consequences for the witches.
There's a lot of wasted opportunity to explore how the rules of magic work, why transformative magic carries such a penalty and why the witches have picked a child of all people to do their dirty work. Instead the book just sort of lumbers along through the five days.
Instead of The Art of Flying, I suggest reading Bird by Rita Murphy.