Who hasn't dreamed of possessing special abilities in order to change the world? For Vaughan Macrae, this became a surprising reality when he discovered that he might have been given the most useful gift of all. But would he actually know how to use it meaningfully?
From the everyday life of an unassuming superhero who starts off on the wrong track, subsequently recognizes the full extent of his power, matures with it and finally leads a non-violent all-round blow against everything that is wrong in our world.
This humanistic adventure novel doesn't need any simple-minded super villains, because real opponents like climate change and commercial greed prove to be much more challenging than they could ever be. Cogento takes the reader into a world that differs from our own only by a single small fantasy – but nevertheless develops in a genuinely unexpected manner.
Superhero Youth Novel as introduction to philosophy, world politics & climate crisis
How do you motivate young people about topics like humanism or politics? In Cogento, the adventures of a young man with extraordinary abilities also leads the reader into philosophical and political realms as this inadvertent superhero tries to improve the world. This gives young people a book to hand that not only serves as entertainment, but also conveys important values. Furthermore, Professor Richard Dawkins has his first official appearance as a literary figure in Cogento.
(Recommended reading age from approx. 16 years)
Thü was art director of Macworld magazine, illustrator and freelance editor of Macwelt. Born in 1969 and raised in Switzerland, he later lived in South America for many years, where he mainly practiced and teached music. He currently works as an illustrator, graphic artist and web designer in Switzerland. Earlier publications include the specialist book
Firmen Design & Identität, the cartoon series Fermi’s View, the audio books by B.O.X. Bureau of the Unexplained, which were created in collaboration with his children, numerous computer science articles and reviews of recordings of classical musical works. Cogento is his first great novel.
Professor Richard Dawkins has his first official appearance as a literary figure in Cogento.
Donald Trump appears in Cogento as a prison inmate after his impeachment.
Piper McCloud can fly. Just like that. Easy as pie.
Sure, she hasn't mastered reverse propulsion and her turns are kind of sloppy, but she's real good at loop-the-loops.
Problem is, the good folk of Lowland County are afraid of Piper. And her ma's at her wit's end. So it seems only fitting that she leave her parents' farm to attend a top-secret, maximum-security school for kids with exceptional abilities.
School is great at first with a bunch of new friends whose skills range from super-strength to super-genius. (Plus all the homemade apple pie she can eat!) But Piper is special, even among the special. And there are consequences.
Consequences too dire to talk about. Too crazy to consider. And too dangerous to ignore.
At turns exhilarating and terrifying, Victoria Forester's debut novel has been praised by Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight saga, as "the oddest/sweetest mix of Little House on the Prairie and X-Men...Prepare to have your heart warmed." The Girl Who Could Fly is an unforgettable story of defiance and courage about an irrepressible heroine who can, who will, who must . . . fly.
This title has Common Core connections.
Praise for Victoria Forester and The Girl Who Could Fly:
"It's the oddest/sweetest mix of Little House on the Prairie and X-Men. I was smiling the whole time (except for the part where I cried). I gave it to my mom, and I'm reading it to my kids—it's absolutely multigenerational. Prepare to have your heart warmed." Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight saga
"In this terrific debut novel, readers meet Piper McCloud, the late-in-life daughter of farmers...The story soars, just like Piper, with enough loop-de-loops to keep kids uncertain about what will come next....Best of all are the book's strong, lightly wrapped messages about friendship and authenticity and the difference between doing well and doing good."--Booklist, Starred Review
"Forester's disparate settings (down-home farm and futuristic ice-bunker institute) are unified by the rock-solid point of view and unpretentious diction... any child who has felt different will take strength from Piper's fight to be herself against the tide of family, church, and society."--The Horn Book Review
The Girl Who Could Fly is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Ten years ago, all the superhumans vanished. No one knows what happened to them--until now. Thirteen-year-olds Danny and Colin are shocked to discover that they are in fact the beginning of a renewed superhuman race. As they rise to take the place of the lost generation, the unimaginable truth behind the explosive final battle that occurred ten years ago between the superheroes and the supervillains is exposed. And when the past resurfaces, Danny and his fellow superheroes must face the new challenges that threaten their survival. On the run from everyone, and not knowing who is friend or foe, the one ability the new heroes are going to need most is the power to distinguish good from evil.