A heartfelt middle-grade novel about a theater-loving girl who uses a wheelchair for mobility and her quest to defy expectations—and gravity—from Tony award–winning actress Ali Stroker and Stacy Davidowitz
It's been an Amazon Bestseller, #1 New Release, and Editor's Pick; and was named one of Amazon's Best Books of 2021. The National Education Association selected it as a featured title for Read Across America. It was also a Chicago Public Library's Best Kids Fiction Book of 2021, a PARENTS' Best Children's Books 2021 Winner, and a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year. It has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Tamron Hall Show, Parents Magazine, The Associated Press, New York Live, Broadway World, Broadway.com, Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal, Kirkus Reviews Magazine, Story Monsters Ink Magazine, The Week Jr. Magazine, and Lollipop Theater Network.
Typically, Stacy facilitates one to four 45-minute workshops, reaching students from fourth to eighth grade. The workshops are theatrical and inspiring. Virtual is available!
Stacy has different rates for the NYC Department of Education public schools, schools in the Tristate area, schools outside the Tristate area, virtual visits, camps, book clubs, and virtual book clubs.
To learn more, reach her directly at Stacy.Davidowitz@gmail.com.
She responds fast.
In the meantime:
Download the Reading Guide with discussion questions and writing prompts - perfect for book clubbers, teachers, and fans!
Visit NEA - Read Across America's Resources for THE CHANCE TO FLY, their August 2021 Book of the Month!
"A story both fine and also uplifting—in both senses of the word, moral and physical!"
— GREGORY MAGUIRE, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked
“Every theater kid in the world will instantly fall in love with Nat Beacon and relate to her story of perseverance. The Chance To Fly is as unique, inspirational, and full of heart as Ali Stroker is herself. She and Stacy Davidowitz will make readers laugh, cry, and teach them the true meaning of defying gravity.”
— CHRIS COLFER, New York Times bestselling author and Golden Globe winning actor
“The perfect read for any dream chaser . . . You’ll realize how unlimited your possibilities are.”
— KRISTIN CHENOWETH, Tony and Emmy Award winning actress and singer
“I only wish that The Chance to Fly was written when I was a teenager. Ali Stroker is a powerful role model for all youth and adults alike . . . We are living in changing times where audiences are clamoring for greater diversity. A Tony Award winner whose voice soars, whose energy brings us all to cheer is an example of what is possible.”
— JUDITH HEUMANN, International Disability Rights Activist, author of Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Me
“Anyone who loves to dream and has a love for theater will greatly appreciate The Chance to Fly. This book reminds everyone that it is a beautiful thing to be different and to be passionate about doing what you love.”
— SOPHIA GENNUSA, Tony Honored actress for her title role in Matilda
"Bolstered by realistic dialogue and Nat’s engaging internal narrative, this endearing novel will entrance a new generation of theater lovers and charm older ones with its allusions to beloved shows.”
— PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, **STARRED REVIEW**
"The authors know their stuff—Tony Award–winner Stroker was the first wheelchair user to be cast in a Broadway play, and Davidowitz is a playwright—and it shows. Fun, honest, and uplifting: applause!"
— KIRKUS REVIEWS
"Seeing the obstacles Nat faces daily and watching her learn to advocate for herself may inspire readers to do the same. Serious scenes, like Nat's crush Malik discussing his experience as the only Black student in school, and learning why Nat uses a wheelchair are poignant, as is Nat's evolving relationship with her parents... Young disabled performers will be excited to see representation, and all readers will be rooting for Nat."
— SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
Huge thanks to the schools, camps, libraries, bookstores, festivals, podcasts, and theaters that have hosted author visits. Stacy has loved working with such enthusiastic and curious readers!
Lakeside Elementary School - Merrick, NY
Chatterton Elementary School - Merrick, NY
Birch Elementary School - Merrick, NY
PS 527 - Upper East Side, NYC
PS 166 - Long Island City, Queens, NYC
Long Island City High School - Queens, NYC
Roskruge Bilingual Magnet Elementary + Middle School - Tucson, AZ
PS 198 - Upper East Side, NYC
The Cathedral School - NYC
West Windsor-Plainsboro North High School - NJ
Calhoun High School - Merrick, NY
PS 111 - Long Island City, Queens, NYC
PS 284 - Brooklyn, NYC
PS 132 - Washington Heights, NYC
Ridgewood High School, NJ
Ridgewood Middle School, NJ
Business Technology Early College High School, Queens, NYC
Avenues: The World School, NYC
Osgoode Public School, Ottawa, Ontario
Sangha Education Center, Jericho, NY
Fieldstone Middle School, NJ
Tyler Hill Camp - PA
Camp Louise - MD
ACT at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine - NYC
Operation Exodus - NYC
Libraries + Bookstores
Aguilar New York Public Library - Harlem, NYC
Books of Wonder - NYC
Astoria Bookshop - Queens, NY
Barnes & Noble - Woodland Park, NJ
The Children's Bookstore - Baltimore, MD
Talk Story Bookstore - Kauai, Hawaii
Hudson CO-OP - NYC
Word Up Community Bookstore - NYC
Barnes & Noble - Union Square, NYC
Bookends Bookstore - Ridgewood, NJ
University Bookstore - Seattle, WA
CAMP Stores - NYC
Merrick Library - Merrick, NY
National Book Festival, Washington D.C.
ALA Midwinter Conference
Princeton Children's Book Festival, NJ
New York Musical Festival, NYC
Maplewood-South Orange (MAPSO) Book Festival, NJ
Happy Campers Podcast
Campfires and Color Wars Podcast
Hoboken Children's Theater at Mile Square Theatre
Lollipop Theater Network Virtual Storytime
Story Monsters Ink Magazine
The Week Junior Magazine
and featuring my co-author Ali Stroker:
GMA 3 (Good Morning America)
The TODAY Show
The Tamron Hall Show
The Associated Press
New York Live
Parents Magazine IG Live + April Book Club Pick
Kirkus Reviews Magazine
Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal