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The Night Flyer's Handbook 2-Book Bundle

The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden / Everton Miles Is Stranger Than Me

by (author) Philippa Dowding

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2016
Fantasy & Magic, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Adolescence
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    Publish Date
    Oct 2016
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


The Night Flyers glide effortlessly over the rooftops of their small town in a strange, magical escape from the pressures of high school. Meet Gwendolyn and Everton in this two-book collection of The Night Flyer's Handbook series.

The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden
Gwendolyn Golden has a bad temper and hates to read. She's a pretty normal teenager until … one morning she wakes up on the ceiling. Along with her many average teenage qualities, Gwendolyn Golden can also fly. What’s happening to her?

Everton Miles Is Stranger Than Me
In the sequel to The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden, high school, family therapy, capture by a Rogue spirit, and flying are all part of a normal day for Gwendolyn Golden. She’s the only teenager who can fly in her small town, until the charming and enigmatic Everton Miles shows up with a few surprises of his own.

About the author

Philippa Dowding is a children’s author, poet, musician and copywriter. She has won many industry awards and has had poetry and short fiction published in journals across North America. Her children’s books have been nominated for numerous literary awards in Canada and abroad, including the SYRCA Diamond Willow, OLA Silver Birch, OLA Red Maple, Hackmatack and White Raven awards. In 2017, Myles and the Monster Outside was an OLA Silver Birch Express Honour Book and her 2021 novel, Firefly, won a Governor General’s Literary Award in the Children’s Literature – Text category. Philippa Dowding currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Philippa Dowding's profile page


  • Short-listed, Red Maple Award

Editorial Reviews

This lively, fast-paced novel by Philippa Dowding (author of the Lost Gargoyle series) moves fluidly from the whimsical to the fantastical and takes an intriguing detour to some dark places in between.

Quill & Quire

Dowding’s novel … will appeal to tweens who enjoy realism touched with magic.

Canadian Children's Book News

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