The Simple Art of Flying
Publisher: Aladdin/Simon & Schuster - US
Leonardo carefully balances fantasy with a grounded reality . . . Warmhearted, delightfully quirky, and believable.
Reminiscent of The One and Only Ivan’s storytelling . . . A witty animal-centered story that will remind readers that families come in many shapes and sizes.
Call Me Alastair
Publisher: Scholastic - UK
In the publisher’s cover letter accompanying Cory Leonardo’s debut novel, the following words are used to describe the story: powerful, rare, profound, uplifting, modern classic. Having now read the book, I find it impossible to disagree. Truly, this is an impressive text of great depth . . . Excellent, well-paced storytelling: like life itself, it sings, it soars. Call Me Alastair? Call me ecstatic.
Dripping with wry humour, this is a teen/young adult novel like no other. Heart-warming, heart-breaking, eccentric, strikingly original and stunningly good.