up in the air

Juvenile Fiction

Fantasy & Magic

Available: January 1, 2014 | ISBN 9781939967046 | paperback | 244 pages | 5.5 in. x 8.5 in. | World (translation, audiobook, media rights) | $12.99 US (trade paperback), $7.99 US (e-book)
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by Ann Marie Meyers

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10-year-old Melody has always wanted to fly—and after a trip to the magical realm of Chimeroan, she’s given wings! However, the car accident that paralyzed her father still plagues her with guilt. In the end, she must choose between the fantasy of Chimeroan and the reality of her family.

Ever since she can remember, 10-year-old Melody has wanted to fly.

And when she leaps off a swing in the park one day and lands in the mystical realm of Chimeroan, her dream finally comes true. She is given a pair of wings. She can fly! Life cannot be any better.

Yet, dreams do come with a price. Even with wings, Melody realizes she cannot outfly the memories of her past. The car accident that has left her father paralyzed, and her unscarred, still plagues her with guilt—she believes it was entirely her fault.

In Chimeroan, Melody is forced to come to terms with her part in her father's accident. She must choose between the two things that have become the world to her: keeping her wings or healing her father.


“[Up In The Air] offers a great fantasy escape to another world ... The novel should be something of a hit with young readers looking for some deeper meaning with their fantasy worlds.” —Beach Metro (Toronto)

“The heroine earns her wings—but, as in any good story, there’s a catch: Melody can’t outfly her problems, and in her case there’s one looming particularly large: the guilt she harbours about her role in a car accident that has left her father paralysed. Will she choose flight and freedom? Or will she accept her family’s new reality, forgive herself and open the door to healing?” —Janine Mendes-Franco, Guardian (Trinidad & Tobago)

“Praise must be given to the author for her explorative mind in a novel written in simple prose, easy to read for making the impossible examined, in a skill of creative design and energy ...“ —Willi Chen, author and recipient of the National Hummingbird Medal for Art and Culture

“I found a beautiful depth to the characters and an underlying meaning that even I could relate to ... This is a great book that children and adults would enjoy.” —Celese Sanders, columnist, The Daily Independent & Taft Midway Driller