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Flight by [Watson, Anne L]
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**#1 KINDLE (US) BESTSELLER IN ADVENTURE LITERARY FICTION (NOV. 2013)**
 
One day she is Linda Farley, a senior in a San Diego high school, with a talent for art, an annoying younger brother, two loving parents, and a prospective boyfriend. Three days later, she is Lainie Foster, hiding with her mother and brother in Olympia, Washington.
 
That's how fast things change after Linda's mother tells her that her father has been caught by the feds in a Mafia money laundering scheme and that the rest of the family has been placed in the Witness Protection Program. By the rules she's given, she must stay out of school, cut off contact with anyone back home, and never tell anyone what has happened.
 
Linda -- now Lainie -- does her best, but in navigating her new life, she faces a number of questions. How could her father do something so contrary to her image of him? Why is her mother so familiar with their new city? How can she pursue a career in art without going to school? What must she do to save her brother from the worst effects of the upheaval? And who is that dark-haired woman she keeps spotting in front of the house?
 
Then there's the biggest question of all: Is she Linda or is she Lainie? Because, in the end, is the choice really anyone's but hers?
 
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Anne L. Watson, a retired historic preservation architecture consultant, is the author of several novels, plus books on such diverse subjects as soapmaking and baking with cookie molds. She currently lives in Friday Harbor, Washington, in the San Juan Islands, with her husband and fellow author, Aaron Shepard, and their cat, Skeeter. This is her first book for young adults.
 
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"Lainie," Mom said, her voice a little gentler, "we have to follow the rules, whether we like them or not."
 
"The rules are nuts, Mom," I protested. "Like making us keep our old initials. So the Mafia is too stupid to check the passenger lists for trains and planes leaving Southern California? You think they won't look for two A.F.'s and an L.F. with one-way tickets to the same place?"
 
Mom moved to the right to let a tailgating Jeep speed ahead. "That's one reason we're splitting up," she said. "WITSEC has never lost anyone who followed the rules," she said.
 
"WITSEC?" I yelped. "Who the hell is that?"
 
"The Witness Security Program. That's its other name."
 
Sheesh. WITSEC. Like the FBI was such a buddy, we needed to give them a nickname. My face itched, and I rubbed it hard.
 
"Don't do that," Mom said. "You'll rub off your makeup."
 
"It feels like dirt. I don't know how you put up with it."
 
"You get used to it. Especially when you have more important things to worry about."
 
Well, we had that, in spades. I'd just dumped someone I really wanted to go out with. I wouldn't be going to art school next year, because that's what Linda Farley would have done. I had to be someone else, probably forever. Compared to that, grease all over my face really was a detail.
 
I gave up and quit talking about it. Whining wasn't going to do any good. Mom kept quiet too, watching the traffic. In the front seat, Alan sang some dumb song from a TV kids' show, over and over. But, as Mom had said, I had more important things to worry about.
 
We took the Alameda Street exit and pulled into the train station.
 
"What are you going to do with the car when you get to the airport?" I asked.
 
"Leave it in a parking lot with the window down and the keys in the ignition."
 
Even the Mafia wouldn't have a chance if she did that. The locals would have that car in a chop shop faster than the Godfather could blink.

About the Author

Aaron Shepard and Anne L. Watson are a husband and wife writing team. Aaron is the award-winning author of many retellings of folktales and world classics for young readers. His books include The Legend of Lightning Larry and The Sea King's Daughter. Anne is a novelist. They live in Olympia, Washington.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 441 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Shepard & Piper (May 11 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EZR5BO4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,979 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A very well written storyline with lots of action from beginning to end. With characters that were very well developed with so much depth and the story seemed so realistic.
Unlike most novels, there isn't a single down moment in this book.
I would encourage anyone who has an interest in witness protection to complete their library with this one.

4 stars, why? The ending felt a bit too rushed for me - but maybe that's because I didn't want it to end!!!

If you haven't put this on your Kindle yet . . . do it now!
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To realize how utterly selfish this mother was, lying to her children, uprooting them from their home and then ignoring them to satisfy her own base urges. Teenage Linda grows up quickly and proves to be incredibly resourceful. The writing is witty, found myself laughing out loud at times, despising the mother, and wishing the book had another 200 pages. This is the first book of Ms. Watson's that I've read, and now I have ordered Joy and Pacific Avenue. Can't wait to read more of this talented author's work!
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This is the first book I have read by this author but it won't be the last. I'm already reading Joy and can't wait to get to Pacific Avenue.
The characters were totally believable. I felt like I was there with them. I wanted it to continue but realized it doesn't hurt to let your imagination finish the tale. I am always looking for new authors and Ms. Watson just flew to the top of my list. I have already passed her name on to 5 different friends and relatives.
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I enjoyed the interesting turns this book took. The characters were not stereotypes. They were all likeable, well almost all likeable and the author made them seem very real. Life does have its twists and turns and Flight exposed some of them. This is a book I would most definitely recommend to my friends.
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for this honest review. While this one was free I will be purchasing more books by this author.
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I had just read a really "otherwise book". This story was refreshing in that it was totally believable. I have seen something similar happen and was drawn to the character and her strength. She transforms subtlety but quickly, from a kid into an adult. It is simple, easy reading that flows well, touching gently on a host of emotions. That to me, is a well written book.
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