''The Girl Who Could Fly'' starts out in with your typical [[FarmBoy farm girl]] in your typical [[DownOnTheFarm Midwestern town]]. Her hobbies include milking cows, speaking in a FunetikAksent, and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers practicing her flying skills]]. Wait, what?

It's ''{{Literature/Little House On The Prairie}}'' meets ''{{ComicBook/X-Men}}''. The story follows Piper [[MeaningfulName McCloud]] from birth, where her family discovers that she can float. Her parents try to keep her from the other children and convince her that floating is bad, but an insatiable curiosity soon grips hold of her, and one day she jumps off the roof to try flying. Luckily, she succeeds. It's not long before word gets out, and we learn that a town that could, as far as we know, be in the 1860s is still in the modern age as a helicopter arrives to take her to the Institute of Normalcy, Stability, And Non-Exceptionality. Just look at the acronym if the name doesn't convey the intention well enough.

The novel is written rather well from the point of view of a ten year old girl, has some genuinely surprising twists, and deconstructs and reconstructs the concepts of optimism, normalcy, happiness, and what makes a person special.

!Tropes
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Piper at home
* BlueBlood: Conrad. His parents seem to think it exempts them from anything else.
* BoomerangBigot: [[spoiler: Dr. Hellion can fly.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Poor Piper. [[spoiler:She gets better.]]
* BroughtDownToNormal: INSANE's plan is to do this to every creature with superpowers.
* ColdBloodedTorture: [[spoiler:Dr. Hellion breaks Piper's legs and mindwipes her through torture.]] Also happens to the rest of the creatures in INSANE, as they cannot be psychologically broken.
* CommonalityConnection: Over strawberry ice cream.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Inverted in one of the mainstream covers, which features Piper flying while [[spoiler:Dr. Hellion pursues her]] and gives away a major plot twist. [[spoiler:Of course, you could assume that it was a metaphor for Dr. Hellion holding the children down, or that she was just hanging on to Piper.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: Conrad's reaction to having his project changed.
* DishingOutDirt: Boris can turn things into rocks, including people.
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: Bella can produce one
* {{Flight}}: Surprise!
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler: Dr. Hellion used to fly, until she accidentally dropped her sister in a storm and killed her. She suppressed the memory, which turned into a violent hatred of all things special.]]
* FunetikAksent: Professor Mumbleby. Also applies to Piper.
* HealingHands: [[spoiler: Jasper discovers this when he heals Piper's legs]].
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Piper at the picnic.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Conrad's behaviours make sense later on.
** JerkassFacade
* KickTheDog: Millie Mae, literally.
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler:Sebastian]].
* LoveAtFirstSight: Boris to Lily.
* MeaningfulRename: Conrad [[spoiler:agrees to give up his last name]].
* MundaneSolution: After all the elaborate plans to break out, Piper and the others [[spoiler:just go to Dr. Hellion's office and let her know they are taking over the facility. They then lock up the guards, rescue and heal the other organisms, and let themselves out. It's pretty hard to stop a bunch of superpowered kids, after all.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Okay, it's a bit of a spoiler, but did you really expect anything good from a woman named Dr. ''Hellion''?
** Doubles with FunWithAcronyms: I.N.S.A.N.E.
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler: Conrad.]]
* PersonalityPowers: Piper, the idealist, can fly.
** The extremely shy Violet literally shrinks smaller and smaller the shyer she feels. The trope is also averted with some characters; Lily's telekinesis has nothing to do with her personality.
* PinkIsForSissies: Junie Jane is not a soft girl: she hates pink.
* PowerOfFriendship: Piper is delighted with getting along with the other children at the institute.
* PsychicPowers: Lily has telekinetic abilities.
* PunnyName: A lot. Names tend to reflect personalities or powers.
** Piper [=McCloud=] (flying), Bella Lovely (positivity), Violet (shrinks when embarrassed)
* ShrinkingViolet: A very literal example with Violet.
* ShockAndAwe: Kimber.
* TheseLookLikeJobsForTheSupermen: Discussed when the kids decide what they want to do with their powers when they grow up. Most want to do things that would end up on this page, although Smitty does want to go into crime-fighting (as a detective, which his XRayVision would be useful for). [[spoiler:The epilogue reveals that many of the kids are at these jobs.]]
* TooCleverByHalf: Conrad, which leads to a WhatTheHellHero moment.
* TwinBanter: Nalen and Ahmed Mustafa. They are identical and are always FinishingEachOthersSentences
* {{Weather Manipulation}}: Nalen and Ahmed can create storms.
* WideEyedIdealist: Deconstructed and reconstructed in the character of Piper.
* WonderChild: Subverting most of it.
* WorthyOpponent: Lily regards Piper as this when the latter puts two and two together and manages to foil a prank involving a glass full of water.
* YouthfulFreckles: Piper doesn't like them.
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