‘Flight‘ is the only passage to safety open to Jakob and his guardian, Herr Engel. However this means leading the precious Lipizzanner stallions wanted by Hitler, through the Austrian mountains to Sankt Martin. It is an uncertain and perilous journey, made more dangerous by the group’s pursuit by SS officer Major Bauer, determined to expose Herr Engel and Jakob.
There’s an unexpected surprise en route, and many ‘heart in mouth’ moments. Yet, the trust and understanding between guardian and mentee, and the loving warmth shown their prized charges, is created strongly and empathetically.
‘Flight‘ isn’t an ‘easy’ read. It’s real, tough and provocative. We wonder about Jakob’s past and future, and that of Kizzy, the stranger who joins their ‘Flight’. Vanessa Harbour has created a really meaningful, strong story of a time in history that must be known and remembered.