Kid’s Book Review: Girl on the Fly

Kid’s Book Review: Girl on the Fly

About the Book and Author

1992, Philadelphia, USA. Kamaria Kessy is 13, independent, confident and loving life. But BIG change is coming!

She’s fallen out with her best friend, Odie, and she has no idea how to talk to him about it. Plus her Tanzanian aunty is about to be her new roommate – NIGHTMARE!

All Kam wants to do is focus on winning big with her relay team (and best girlfriends)! But to fly down the race track she’s going to need to learn what truly makes her soar.


Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl is the author of Nelson and Beyoncé, both part of David Fickling Books’s First Names Series and she has written two award-winning picture books. The Ugandan-American author is also a global health writer working at the intersections of health, gender, and climate change in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia and the Pacific. She has consulted for a range of UN agencies and NGOs including the World Bank and UNICEF.


Book Review

one of the best books that I have ever reviewed

Damnnnn. This book was good. Like, really good. I know I say this a lot, but I was honestly hooked by the first sentence. ‘Girl on the Fly ‘ by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl is one of the best books that I have ever reviewed.

The front cover. OMG IT WAS AMAZING!!! I loved how in the background there was like a sunset ombré type thing and then there are butterflies that are just THERE and it gives such an atmosphere to it, somehow! And then how the drawing of Kamira (the main character) captured her essence as a person PERFECTLY! I can’t stress how much I love it!

Moving on, I quickly want to mention the plot, sort of. Like, the parts of the book that aren’t necessarily “part of the plot” but have been included, you know? So, first off, how relatable this book is. Kamira goes through change: not a lot of people like change. She has pressure on her and gets a bit stressed: a LOT of people get stressed under pressure. And also she’s a teenager. Being a teenager is harddddd, so a lot of the young adult audience will understand and empathise with her. And she has friendship problems!!!!! Like, I’m 100% sure EVERYONE can relate to that!

THE LAST LINE!!!!! IT WAS AMAZINGGG!! ‘And just like that, I was soaring again.’ THE END! Aghhhh, I loved it!!!!!

So basically, as a summary, if you couldn’t tell, I enjoyed reading this book. Five out of five, ten stars whatever you wanna say!

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Reeya
  • Age: 13 years
  • Likes: Cassandra Clare, The Shadowhunter novels and Taylor Swift
  • Dislikes: Maths and Zara Dearborn (character from The Shadowhunter)
  • Favourite Book: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
  • Favourite Song: Game of Survival by Ruelle
  • Favourite Film: City of Bones