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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (835 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dana Reinhardt Narrator: Shannon McManus Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Drew's a bit of a loner. She has a pet rat, her dead dad's Book of Lists, an encyclopedic knowledge of cheese from working at her mom's cheese shop, and a crush on Nick, the surf bum who works behind the counter. It's the summer before eighth grade and Drew's days seem like business as usual, until one night after closing time, when she meets a strange boy in the alley named Emmett Crane. Who he is, why he's there, where the cut on his cheek came from, and his bottomless knowledge of rats are all mysteries Drew will untangle as they are drawn closer together, and Drew enters into the first true friendship, and adventure, of her life. Download and start listening now!


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  • Laced with mystery and fascinating details about Drew's chief interests--rats and cheese--this quiet novel invites readers to share in its heroine's deepest yearnings, changing moods, and difficult realizations. Strong imagery...will stay with readers."
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, May 23, 2011:

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Krysten | 2/2/2014

    " I love, love, loved this book. I am older than the intended audience but I think it is a well written story that was not overly dramatic. Birdie and Emmett make an interesting pair because they are misfits which I find more interesting that unrealisticly perfect characters. It gives people a reason to believe in kindness and hope. I read this book twice after picking it up because I liked the cover, and each time I was finished in a single day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cheryl | 1/27/2014

    " I was impressed. The protagonist was thirteen, but the writing felt older, quite elegant and spare. I couldn't believe the ending was going to fit into the few pages left, but it did, and was very moving. Off to order some more books by Dana Reinhardt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jared Quist | 12/30/2013

    " I always can tell when a book is really good if it makes me cry, and this book made me cry. A lot. The Summer I Learned to Fly is a middle grade novel. It tells the story of Drew Robin Solo, often called Birdie. Birdie meets Emmett Crane, and they become fast friends. Emmett has a lot of secrets, and Birdie tries to figure out who Emmett really is. This book was a quick, enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Beaverton City Library Teens | 12/29/2013

    " Drew has a pretty good but very safe life. She rides her bike to school, home, and to her mom's cheese shop. At 13, she is planning to spend the summer hanging out around the house and the shop since her few friends have all gone away for the summer. Though she plans to play it safe, a new friend and discoveries about her father lead Drew to become adventurous. Soon she is sneaking out of the house to go to parks and beaches and inviting her new (boy)friend over without asking her mom. Things got a little outlandish at the end, but all in all, it is a book I would recommend. Pleasant, especially if you like cheese and pasta because Drew talks about it a lot! "

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