The Boy Who Could Fly: A magical story of two boys, divided by half a century, linked by blood, by the circus and by their love of flying (Paperback)
A bomb hit Jamie Bird's house during WW2, killing both his parents and trapping Jamie beneath the rubble for hours. Half conscious, he dreamed of flying through the air on a swing with long, long ropes, and the dream comforted him.Now his only relative is an elderly great-aunt a long train journey away, who agrees reluctantly to give him a new home. There, hidden away in a suitcase full of faded photographs he discovers a Victorian circus poster depicting a young trapeze artist. When he learns that the 16 year old flyer, known as 'Una', was his great-aunt's brother, killed tragically while performing in 1891, Jamie's dreams become more frequent and obsessive.When he visits his first circus he realises this is what he wants to be. A flyer like Una. And when his great-aunt threatens to send him to boarding school he decides to run away. To the circus.A magical adventure story for 10 to 14 year old readers.
Joy Wodhams is descended from five generations of circus and theatre performers, singers, dancers, musicians and composers. 2018 is the 250th anniversary of the circus in the UK, and her latest children's book THE BOY WHO COULD FLY brings together her own ancestor, trapeze artist Sydney Bird (Una) and a fictitious descendant, Jamie Bird, in a magical story about circus life during World War Two.