The Speed of Falling Objects

The Speed of Falling Objects

3.97 (1,358 ratings by Goodreads)
3.97 (1,358 ratings by Goodreads)

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From the author of When Elephants Fly comes an exceptional new novel about falling down, risking everything and embracing what makes us unique. Don't miss this compulsively readable novel about the most unlikely of heroes.

Danger "Danny" Danielle Warren is no stranger to falling. After losing an eye in a childhood accident, she had to relearn her perception of movement and space. Now Danny keeps her head down, studies hard, and works to fulfill everyone else's needs. She's certain that her mom's bitterness and her TV star father's absence are her fault. If only she were more--more athletic, charismatic, attractive--life would be perfect.

When her dad calls with an offer to join him to film the next episode of his popular survivalist show, Danny jumps at the chance to prove she's not the disappointment he left behind. Being on set with the hottest teen movie idol of the moment, Gus Price, should be the cherry on top. But when their small plane crashes in the Amazon, and a terrible secret is revealed, Danny must face the truth about the parent she worships and falling for Gus, and find her own inner strength and worth to light the way home.
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Product details

  • 12-15
  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 147 x 216 x 28mm | 408g
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 1335928243
  • 9781335928245
  • 1,444,128

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"A perfect blend of adventure and romance, set in one of the most dangerous and fascinating places on Earth. In Danny's story, readers will also explore a complex father-daughter relationship and cheer on our heroine as she journeys not only through the Amazon but on a mission that will force her to figure out who she really is and what matters most to her. I inhaled this story!"-Jennifer Mathieu, author of Moxie and The Liars of Mariposa Island

"A thrilling, edge-of-your-seat adventure with characters you'll fall in love with."-Alexandra Monir, bestselling author of The Final Six

"In The Speed of Falling Objects, the Peruvian rainforest comes alive as does a young girl's passionate journey of self discovery. This riveting, moving, and beautifully written tale is packed with excitement - you won't put it down."-Erica Ferencik, author of The River at Night and Into the Jungle

"Nancy Richardson Fischer has pulled off the wondrous feat of writing a story where the characters' emotional journeys are as intensely compelling and deeply gratifying as their harrowing life-or-death adventure. I could not put this book down, and I will be recommending it to every teen I know. Truth."-Misa Sugiura, author of This Time Will Be Different

"Danny is a fierce, yet vulnerable, heroine in a thrilling fight for survival. This gripping page-turner shows that, in the end, the greatest danger of all might lie within our own hearts."-Kelly deVos, author of Fat Girl on a Plane

"This intensely thrilling...novel fizzes with energy from start to finish. [A] joyous and highly satisfying read, and one that deserves acclaim...this novel has the potential to be turned into a movie. Richardson Fischer's...ability to write credible dialogue and describe situations and people is simply incredible...her research, writing ability and creativity has produced a novel that oozes excellence and craftsmanship."-Declan Henry, New York Journal of Books

"Part adventure, part coming-of-age novel, and altogether a page-turner."-Kirkus Reviews

"For fans of Jessi Kirby's The Other Side of Lost and Danika Stone's Switchback, this is a shining star among young adult survivalist stories."-School Library Journal

"Fischer has created a sympathetic, believably flawed, and satisfyingly strong heroine whose emotional journey is as compelling as the physical hardships of the rain forest."-Booklist

"Readers will be captivated by the ways in which each character's true self is laid bare as their numbers dwindle, their carefully constructed masks falling aside to reveal their inner natures."-Publishers Weekly
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1,358 ratings
3.97 out of 5 stars
5 32% (431)
4 40% (545)
3 22% (302)
2 5% (64)
1 1% (16)
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