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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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Penelope recommends this book

I loved this book. It’s a very sweet and caring book. They main character is a lovely caring little boy.

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Very simplistic nice story. Not for everybody but give it a shot .

Give it a try and u might like it. Liked the reader. He sounded realistic.

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I went into this without knowing anything but the cover synopsis. An easy read, about a sweet 11 year old boy who was orphaned as an infant and is being raised with his disabled brother by their older sister. Stewie’s connection to the world is complex yet compassionate. His friendship with Marilyn is endearing and they truly help each other in the end. Stewie is so precious. This is a story about, connections.

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dreaming of flight

loved it. meaningful story. kept my attention to the end. I too love fresh eggs.

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I thoroughly enjoyed both the story and the Audible presentation. I recommend it to everyone.

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Not one of her best

Readers were good, just didn’t particularly care for the story. Will move on to my next book!

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Thought provoking

Another great listen by this author. This one makes you think about life differently than what most consider normal. Highly recommend.

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Catherine Ryan Hyde always writes about the matters of the heart. The protagonist Stewart and his adopted Grandmother had a rough start. Through many unusual experiences they form a strong bound. The aftershock of grief and it’s results is the thread that runs in the whole book. Many issues addressed. The elderly that rarely get visitors are also blessed by Stewart’s visits. In the end he has lots of love. A great book that should not be missed! Great job with the Narration also.

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Best ever!!

You will love this book!! Heart warming and most of all makes you realize no matter how old you are, you are always needed.. Also don’t ever think your parents don’t need you!! I will listen to this book again ❤️

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Wonderful heartwarming story

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