Little Island Books, 2010
WINNER OF THE CBI BISTO HONOUR AWARD FOR FICTION AND THE CHILDREN’S CHOICE AWARD
WINNER OF A WHITE RAVEN AWARD FROM THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH LIBRARY
SHORTLISTED FOR THE READING ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND AWARDS
IBBY 2012 HONOUR LIST
The only riding fifteen-year-old Declan has ever done is joyriding.
When he’s forced to stay with his snobby cousin ‘Princess’ Vicky, he’s shocked to find himself falling in love with horses. Vicky would do anything to keep Declan out of her already perfect life and away from her precious showjumper, Flight, no matter who gets hurt…
Moving from a harsh Belfast housing estate to the glamour of the showjumping ring, Taking Flight is a fast-paced story full of conflict, jealousy and courage.
‘This masterfully structured narrative suggests, in an unsentimental manner, that the inner struggle to understand oneself can be redemptive.’ Judges, Bisto
'Masterfully told, with a flowing sensitivity sure to be appreciated by teenagers. This novel is not to be ignored.’ Inis magazine
‘A highly impressive debut novel.’ Robert Dunbar, The Irish Times