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