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The Girl Who Was Convinced Beyond All Reason That She Could Fly

by (author) Sybil Lamb

Arsenal Pulp Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2020
Girls & Women, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Contemporary
Recommended Age
14 to 18
Recommended Grade
9 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2020
    List Price

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A visionary young-adult illustrated novel about Eggs, a homeless girl who knows how to fly.

In a rusted unnamed city full of five-dollar hotels and flea markets, a young homeless girl named Eggs is trying to make her way in the world. She's shy and bold at the same time, and wary of strangers, but she is convinced beyond all reason that she can fly.

And fly she does, from rooftop to rooftop, from chimneys to phone wires; she scurries up the sides of buildings and sneaks into secret lairs. Eggs is a loner, but she makes two friends: Grack, who sells 100 different kinds of hot dogs from his bicycle cart, and Splendid Wren, a punk rocker whose open window Eggs came crashing through one night. Both Grack and Splendid Wren try their best to protect her, but Eggs meets her match when on a cold night she swoops onto a rooftop and steals a warm jacket belonging to Robin, a neighbourhood baddie with anger management issues. Can Eggs elude his wrathful revenge?

Beguiling and otherworldly, The Girl Who Was Convinced Beyond All Reason That She Could Fly is a fevered dream about a young girl’s flights of fancy in order to survive, and to thrive.

Ages 14 and up.

Full-colour throughout.

About the author

Sybil Lamb is the author of the illustrated YA novel The Girl Who Was Convinced Beyond All Reason That She Could Fly. Her writing and art have appeared in books, magazines, comix, alleys and tattoos. Her novel I've Got a Time Bomb was published by Topside Press.

Sybil Lamb's profile page

Editorial Reviews

Lamb brings fairy-tale wonderment to the cityscape, crossed with cultural touchstones of transient, underhoused, and homeless communities. -Quill and Quire

Eggs is one of the more unique characters readers will ever meet in young adult novels ... [The book] leaves a great deal open for interpretation and discussion and is the product of a vivid and extravagant imagination. -CM (Canadian Review of Materials)

Every page of this beautiful dream of a book made my heart skip. Eggs is the most lovable, winning character I've met in a long time. -Casey Plett, author of Little Fish

Author and illustrator Lamb conjures an eccentric and original world of $5 punk hotels and multigenerational hot dog–business families and writes with a fantastical style that leaves readers perpetually wide-eyed in wonder. -Kirkus Reviews

Sybil Lamb elevates the chapter book format with this incredible tale of love, friendship, solidarity, and the magic of building beautiful things in unlikely places. Eggs is a superhero for these times and the world she (probably) flies through is full of characters (punks, hipsters, knitters, and hot dog vendors) so alive and oddly familiar readers will embrace them like neighbours from a place they never knew they belonged. I cannot wait to read this with the kids in my life. -Cory Silverberg, author of What Makes a Baby