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Publisher's Summary

An unexpected connection becomes the saving grace for two unlikely friends in a heart-stirring novel about love, loss, and moving forward by a New York Times and #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author.

Never knowing his parents, eleven-year-old Stewie Little and his brother have been raised on a farm by their older sister. Stewie steadfastly tends the chickens left by his beloved late grandmother. And every day Stewie goes door to door selling fresh eggs from his wagon—a routine with a surprise just around the corner. It’s his new customer, Marilyn. She’s prickly and guarded, yet comfortably familiar—she reminds the grieving Stewie so much of the grandmother he misses more than he can express.

Marilyn has a reason for keeping her distance: a secret no one knows about. Her survival tactic is to draw a line between herself and other people—one that Stewie is determined to cross. As their visits become more frequent, a complicated but deeply rooted relationship grows. That’s when Stewie discovers how much more there is to Marilyn, to her past, and to challenges that become more pressing each day. But whatever difficult times lie ahead, Stewie learns that although he can’t fix everything for Marilyn or himself, at least he’s no longer alone.

©2022 Catherine Ryan Hyde, Trustee, or Successor Trustee, of the Catherine Ryan Hyde Revocable Trust created under that certain declaration dated September 27, 1999. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Love this amazing moving book

Catherine Ryan Hyde is my favorite writer in the whole world, I've read most of her books, and every time there is a new story I just can't help and get very excited because I know I'm going to be transported to a very fantastic world.

This is the case for Dreaming of flight what a beautiful moving story and the characters were as always full of depth ready to be unleashed. the story of a family who is not complete at least that's how Stewie feels like he is missing his mother, and grandparents, and let's not talk about a father whom he doesn't really know what that means.

Stewie is a young boy (sorry Stewie I know you like to be old) who is kind and very mindful of the life and situation he and his brother and sister are in. He sells eggs around town to help his sister to support the income of the house, his brother can't help as he wishes as he has some disability that impedes him to contribute.

I laugh so hard whenever Stewie got angry that someone guesses his age incorrectly lol it was hilarious

Stewie's neighbor Marylin becomes a great friend for Stewie, she was hiding her past and certain things that she did and wasn't really proud about but life and circumstance will determine a better ending for this situation.

I really love this book so much because it touches on many things that I felt very close to home, the way Stewie defines what family is, is beautiful, one of my favorite moments of the story is when Stewie lectures Marylin's daughter about the importance of family, the importance to stay in touch and not forget about her mother I literally was in tears to hear such a beautiful statement, he was very right to tell her that she should care and not forget as he wishes he had the opportunity she had to have a mother in his life.

Dreaming of flight is a book of hope, family values, and union, it is a story that will bring so much to your heart, and to tell you the truth it opened up my eyes so much about my relationship with my own parents so Thank you miss Catherine your books are always a balm for my heart and soul I ways feel like I'm in a movie watching all these characters coming alive.

Stewie is a very sensible kid who sees more than any adult around him, who feels intensely and has a heart of gold.

in love over and over again with this book.

The Narrations by Janet Metzger and Michael Crouch were amazing, I love Michael's voice is one of my fav narrators, they added so much to the story and the characters I really enjoy them.

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Sweet story

My husband and I just got back from an extended road trip where we drove up the west coast in the middle of the summer. Some days, we were on the road for many hours, and having an audiobook to listen to is the perfect solution for passing time and avoiding the inevitable "road fatigue." We chose this book for the first leg of our trip having read this author's books in the past and enjoying them. She usually features a young person in her books navigating through life's challenges and learning along the way. Always interesting, and always a full, rich story. This book is no exception. It was expertly narrated by Michael Crouch and Janet Metzger who did a great job bringing the characters to life. I fell in love with eleven-year-old Stewie who is just trying to figure out life in his own naive way after circumstances that would stun any of us. And Marilyn, an older senior lady who is going through her own challenges, becomes his unwitting (and sometimes unwilling) mentor. Their friendship is unexpected. But together they are a force to be reckoned with as they each navigate through separate stages of life with support from each other. The story is multi-layered and sometimes unexpected, and it held my interest throughout. This book is available now in all formats, and I really hope you will do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.

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Insightful

This is a marvelous, insightful novel which allows the reader into the minds and hearts of both an Alzheimer’s patient and anyone who has suffered a loss.

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Wonderful Audible

I highly recommend listening to this Audible book!! we need more stories like this one! No bad language, so that is another plus! narration was very good.

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Great like all her books! Loved it! and will tell

everyone I know about the book! The boy is adorable, who would not want him for a grandson?

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Dreaming of Flight was interesting.

Narrator did a very good job. It was Easy to follow the story I liked the ending.

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I absolutely loved this book.

The storyline is fresh, which is always a bonus for an avid reader.
I loved Stuart’s way of admitting when he doesn’t understand a word or idea.
Oh, how I wish there were more people like that, myself included.
The positive spin on therapy without spending too much time on it was also refreshing.
Catherine Ryan Hyde is on my page one of authors. I read, or listen, to multiple books a week and have for years. My author list is very long. First page authors means I know it will be a good read.

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An entertaining and heartwarming story

A very uplifting story of a little boy’s self-searching journey in a world where he had been dealt more than his share of heartache.

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Wow

What a wonderful story. Nobody should miss reading this. This author is amazing. I am slowly reading everything she has written. No disappointments yet. Thank you Catherine.

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It was okay

I think I am not the type of person this book was written for. I was somewhat annoyed by all the word definitions. I couldn't warm up to any of the characters.
But it was not poorly written nor boring.

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Beautiful

J couldn't sleep, I just wanted this book to last for ever. Thank you so much

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  • 05-26-22

Wonderful heartwarming story

Wonderful heartstrings story, didn't want it to finish. Looking forward to reading more stories by this auuthor