An adventure that is both gripping and full of heart. Against the menacing backdrop of the second world war, Jakob and Kizzy's fight to save the majestic Lipizzanner stallions of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna had me hooked from first to last page. It is impossible not to love the mismatched and misplaced pair, united by the pain and trauma of their recent experiences and their love of horses. And what horses! The beauty and grace of the Lipizzanner stallions is tangible, you can feel and smell them through the lovely vivid prose. I could completely understand our heroes' love for them, why they fight to rescue them, and the part the horses play in rescuing Jakob and Kizzy too.
I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while now and I’m so glad I finally got to it. FLIGHT is a brilliant book, not just for animal lovers but for anyone who wants to read a fast paced, heart racing, adventurous story. I absolutely loved it. You’re gripped from the harrowing scene on the first page. Actually the FIRST LINE is so good, it should be quoted in one of those ‘best book openings’ lists. I loved the three main characters, but particularly Kizzy, who is a feisty, brave, bold girl, with confidence and verve one would wish for as a teen. Whilst reading, I wondered many times what could possibly go wrong next, and when it did, I was surprised each time, and intrigued to read how the children handled the next difficult situation. The book tackles a serious and scary subject so well, and I especially liked the light it shone on the plight of Jews and Roma during the war. Overall, a fantastic, superbly written story, that I thoroughly recommended to all MG readers and adults alike! And writers, check out that first line!
I thought this was a lovely story which left me thinking deeply about the impact of the Second World War on people and animals. I loved the character of Kizzy and I think my daughters will enjoy reading about such a feisty female. I found that I really felt fond of the horses and wanted to know that they would be saved. At the end I wanted to know more about the Riding School which is always a good sign that a book has communicated history well to you.
I read this with my y5 & y6 book club children. We all loved it. Set during the 2nd World War, it is the story of a young Jewish boy who rescues the Lipizzaner horses from the Nazis with the help of his newfound friend Kizzy and his guardian. It has everything a story needs: drama, loss, friendship,threat and a great central character. It is a good choice for children age 8 and upwards.
This is exactly the kind of story I'd have loved as a child, I was obsessed with the white Lipazanner horses and brave children and adored history - this gorgeous story by the talented Vanessa Harbour delivers it up with enormous heart - utterly magic
What a wonderful, thrilling, tender book. The first sentence of ‘Flight’ had me gripped. I do hope Vanessa Harbour will write more in the series. The mountains and Lipizzaner stallions lit up by the moon on the front cover hint at the perilous journey ahead for Jakob, his Guardian Herr Engel and Kizzy. A real page turner, and inspired by real life events.
What an exhilarating ride Flight is! I thoroughly enjoyed it, from beginning to end. In it, two children Jakob and Kizzy, embark on a perilous journey to find a safe haven for both themselves and their beloved “dancing” horses. “Everyone deserves to be free and feel safe, even horses”. Perfect storytelling for both adults and older children (8+ I think).