Annabel Tippins is not like other girls. First, she has no parents. Second, she is cared for by a tiny white dog named Gloria. Third, Gloria can talk. When Annabel starts to discover the truth about her past, she’ll have to make a choice between the parents she has always wanted, and the best friend she has ever had.
No Flying in the House by Betty Brock is an engaging tale of a young girl trying to find her way in the world with only a little dog for guidance. Torn between her love for Gloria, and her discovery that she is a fairy, Annabel tries to discover the truth behind her parents’ disappearance. The subject material is mostly lighthearted, but the evil Belinda adds a note of sinister tension to the story without being too scary for younger readers. The relationship between Annabel and Gloria is charming, and the story teaches an important lesson about love and sacrifice, without being overly preachy or heavy-handed.
This adorable book, written for those in the 9-12 year old age group, is as magical now as when I read it as a young girl. I can still remember trying to kiss my elbow to see if I too was a fairy. While this book probably won’t appeal to older readers who didn’t read it as a young person, No Flying in the House is a wonderful independent reading book for those in the 9-12 year old age group, or as a chapter book with a parent at bedtime for younger readers.