By: Lisa Heathfield
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Hardie Grant Egmont
Published: 1 Oct 2017
ISBN: 9781405285902


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 close-knit circus community, how far will Lo go to keep her feet on the ground?

Flight of a Starling is a heartbreaking read with an important message, perfect for fans of Jennifer Niven, Lisa Williamson, Sarah Crossan and Sara Barnard.


Lo and Rita are sisters who live with their tight knit family in a circus.

Every week they are on the move to a new town. Then Lo meets Dean in one of these towns, and she can’t stop thinking about him. But Dean is an outsider who will never fit in…

When Lo finds out her Mum is having an affair, her perfect world is shattered. Who will she turn to and who will she trust?

This is a remarkable story of love, hope, family, heartache and secrets. It is beautifully written and has a surprising twist. It will make you laugh, smile, and cry your eyes out as your heart breaks for Lo and Rita. It is also a story of seeing the beauty in the small, everyday things of life, never giving up, and realising that no matter how bleak or complicated life is, it is the life you must live as you only get one go at it!

A must read for girls Year 9 and up.

Reviewed by Michelle