Cam­mie Takes Flight

Laura Best has a new book out

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Writer Laura Best’s new novel, ‘Cam­mie Takes Flight’, had a warm re­cep­tion May 13 when it was launched at the East Dal­housie hall.

The fic­tional Cam­mie is a feisty, vis­ually im­paired pre­teen. Grow­ing in the hap­haz­ard home of her boot­leg­ging aunt Mil­lie, this lit­tle hero­ine has fi­nally got­ten her wish to at­tend the Hal­i­fax School for the Blind.

In this much-an­tic­i­pated fol­low-up to ‘Fly­ing with a Bro­ken Wing’, Cam­mie starts out at the strange board­ing school in the big city. She has to get used to a new en­vi­ron­ment.

Bul­lied back home in ru­ral Tan­ner, N.S., Cam­mie is re­luc­tant to trust the girls in her dor­mi­tory and ea­ger to find her es­tranged mother. She is anx­ious to know why she was aban­doned as a baby, yet keen to move on with her life.

Truly a heart­felt comin­gof-age story, ‘Cam­mie Takes Flight’ ex­plores the values of per­se­ver­ance, un­likely friend­ships, and what it means to be a fam­ily. The reader is swept along in with spunky Cam­mie’s ad­ven­tures grow­ing up some­where in the 50s. A great read and not just for young adult read­ers.

Best, who lives in East Dal­housie, has writ­ten three nov­els. The first Cam­mie book came out in 2013. She also pub­lishes short fic­tion in a va­ri­ety of lit­er­ary mag­a­zines.

Both her mother and step­fa­ther shared their ex­pe­ri­ences at the Hal­i­fax School for the Blind with Best, in­form­ing her about a fa­cil­ity that closed in 1983. She says she is at work on a new novel that might be a pre­quel to Cam­mie’s birth.

Pub­lished by Nim­bus in Hal­i­fax, ‘Cam­mie Takes Flight’ sells for $12.95.

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Writer Laura Best reads from her new novel, ‘Cam­mie Takes Flight,’ at the launch May 13 in Best’s home com­mu­nity of East Dal­housie.

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