Came Back To Show You I Could Fly

Robin Klein

Came Back To Show You I Could Fly
Text Publishing Co
27 February 2017

Came Back To Show You I Could Fly

Robin Klein

Seymour is bored and lonely, and running from a gang of kids when he opens a back-lane gate. And there is Angie. She is older than Seymour, confident, cool and alluring, and she treats him with the affection of an older sister. Seymour is captivated - through Angie he is awakened to the fun and adventure in life. But Angie has a dark side - a secret that threatens to destroy her. And as Seymour begins to understand that all is not well he knows he has to help her.

Came Back to Show You I Could Fly is a heartwarming account of an unlikely friendship that shows a very human side of drug addiction.

Came Back to Show You I Could Fly won a Human Rights Award for Literature in 1989. It also won the 1990 Australian Children’s Book of the Year Award, Older Readers, and was shortlisted for the 1990 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and the 1990 NSW Premier’s Literary Award, as well as named a White Raven book at the 1990 Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Say A Little Prayer, the film version, was released in 1993.


Winner of the CBCA Children’s Book of the Year (older readers) in 1990 and the Human Rights Award for a children’s book in 1989, Came Back to Show You I Could Fly has deservedly been reissued as a Text Classic this month. Robin Klein was a significant part of my childhood reading experience and ties with Roald Dahl as my most re-read children’s author.

Came Back to Show You I Could Fly charts the friendship between 11-year-old, overprotected and isolated Seymour and 20-year-old Angie. Angie is a breath of fresh air to Seymour with her wild hair, bright earrings and crazy outfits, but underneath her bravado and grand plans is a reality that is threatening to catch up with her. This groundbreaking YA novel still packs an emotional punch over 25 years later, deftly addressing themes such as addiction, pregnancy and divorce. Most significantly, it is a story about the importance of honesty, both in relation to others and to ourselves.

Amanda Rayner

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