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Author: Laura Ruby Narrator: Renée Raudman Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN: 9781423305477
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In one vast and sparkling city, everyone can fly. Almost everyone. A few, nicknamed leadfeet, are sentenced by a trick of nature or fate to forever spend their lives closer to the ground. But one night, a girl named Gurl - a leadfoot, an orphan, a nobody - discovers that she can do something much better than fly. She can become invisible. This amazing power will help her uncover the secret mysteries of the city. But even with her newfound talent, Gurl can’t seem to hide from a giant rat man with a taste for cats, a manipulative matron with a penchant for plastic surgery, and a belligerent boy named Bug. Gradually Gurl learns to control her power and teams up with Bug to figure out who and what she is. Their quest will take them on a wild ride through this magical city, where they’ll confront chatty birds and mind-bending monkeys, an eccentric genius with a head full of grass and a pocket full of kittens, and the handsome but lethal Sweetcheeks Grabowski - the gangster who holds the key to Gurl’s past . . . and the world’s future. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 2/15/2014

    " A good story with lots of potential, but it left out too many details out along the way. The ending turned into a boring mess of explanations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gphatty | 2/13/2014

    " Clever fantasy about a world where most people fly naturally, making those unforunate "leadfeet" a type of social outcast. Our heroine, however, gets a different gift -- invisibility -- and she uses it to break free of her orphanage routines. However, despite the basic traits it shares with many fantasies for younger children, the plotting and character development are much stronger than stuff I've read lately. And the writer doesn't waste time with a lot of expository writing, which I appreciated. Good for readers 9-14, perhaps, depending on their reading skills and love of fantasy with humor thrown in. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jayne | 2/10/2014

    " My son thought this book was great....I plodded through it trying to find something of merit, never found it:( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arien | 1/29/2014

    " This book is quite funny and adventure-oriented, but with emotional depth. A good recommend for for older elementary kids who enjoy Harry Potter books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harriet | 1/27/2014

    " Good for a quick read :D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 1/27/2014

    " quirky little story. looking forward to reading the sequel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dani | 1/19/2014

    " I was not drawn into this book as I have been with others but persisted in reading it and was entertained but I almost stopped reading in the middle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura-Lagoona-Thalia-Sadie- | 1/15/2014

    " i love that Gurl had courage in her despite the fact she was an orphan. Bug seems like a good guy and he's like the glove for Girl, i hope they get together some day! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyn | 1/12/2014

    " GREAT BOOK. Can't wait to read more. There's so much we still don't know about how this world/ magic works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crazy | 1/4/2014

    " Loved it! Fun to read and had you laughing, crying (not so much!) cheering, and smiling in triumph. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 1/4/2014

    " This is a weird book and for some reason I can't remember the end. Read it Ithink "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K.M. | 12/31/2013

    " This was a very interesting and fun read. It was totally different and really hooks the reader's attention. The only problem was that it was very predictable. Very enjoyable read though: I can wait to read the sequel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloriavirtutisumbra | 12/26/2013

    " Oh this one is a charmer! Every almost predictable moment gets trounced and pummeled by 5 unexpected waitaseconds! I would go on in detail but some of the things in this are so good you simply have to read it for yourself, i refuse to spoil it for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 12/20/2013

    " It was a really good book that showed at the end that enemies can become friends. I do't really know how to summerize the story without spoiling it though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yukiri | 12/14/2013

    " It was a decent children's adventure that I loved. I wish to read it again just to see how I would think of it now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madame | 12/11/2013

    " This was a very intersting and imagintive book. The story was good and the characters entertaining. Not once while reading this book did I feel like it was just dragging by or stale. It had many twists and turns ( which my sister ruined for me!!). Very nice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 9/14/2013

    " I enjoyed this book probably more than the second one which I happened to read first. It's a good story with good characters and the emotions felt by the characters are completely realistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 3/2/2013

    " This is a great YA book!! I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to read it. This book should be made into a movie and the author should have the same fame as Rowling and Meyers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 9/24/2012

    " I zipped right through this book and enjoyed it even as an adult. It would be great for younger readers as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Missy | 8/20/2012

    " It's great!!! It's about this girl named Gurl (Gee, how...obvious) who can turn invisible, and a boy named Bug who can FLY! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nic | 5/10/2012

    " Very creative modern-setting fantasy. I quite enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa | 9/13/2011

    " Funny, but very improbable. Had a hard time buying many of the more bizarre aspects of this book. That said however, I'm giving it 4 stars for kids. It has the kind of humor they love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexa | 8/25/2011

    " Very different from the author's realistic fiction for teens. Very sweet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 7/19/2011

    " it was cool! and had loads of emotional stuff! recommend to 10-13 year olds! xxxx :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa | 2/19/2011

    " Funny, but very improbable. Had a hard time buying many of the more bizarre aspects of this book. That said however, I'm giving it 4 stars for kids. It has the kind of humor they love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robertjaynes | 11/29/2010

    " I wouldn't recommend to anyone-- too weird, but I myself liked it, in a weird way. Just gotta ask yourself-- HOW MUCH disbelief can I suspend? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 11/15/2010

    " it was cool! and had loads of emotional stuff! recommend to 10-13 year olds! xxxx :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Violet | 10/17/2010

    " I really loved this book One word: AWESOME Top 3 books (hole series) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 8/28/2010

    " Second time to read this book, and I still really liked it. A bit creepy in spots, but still very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 7/23/2010

    " Fun read. Crazy plot-line that keeps you wondering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 6/9/2010

    " A good story with lots of potential, but it left out too many details out along the way. The ending turned into a boring mess of explanations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 12/18/2009

    " this book was so interesting!
    I liked the part when the enemies son helped gurl escape from his father's dark little box and helped her get food. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexa | 12/8/2009

    " Very different from the author's realistic fiction for teens. Very sweet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Redplaid | 10/21/2009

    " My daughter and I are reading this together and we love it! "

About the Author

Laura Ruby is the author of books for adults, teens, and children, including the Printz Award-winning and National Book Award finalist Bone Gap, the Edgar-nominated mystery Lily’s Ghosts, the Book Sense Pick Good Girls, and the acclaimed novels York, Play Me, and Bad Apple. She is on the faculty of Hamline University’s MFAprogram in writing for children and young adults.

About the Narrator

Renée Raudman is an actor and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. She has performed on film, television, radio, and on stage and can also be heard in several video games and hundreds of television and radio voice-overs.