All creatures are affected by life's challenges.

Jane, a twelve-year-old girl who loves to read about superheroes, wants to become one. When she’s suddenly able to fly through the sky and rest on the rising thermals, Jane must work hard to learn and fit in. She must chart the rocky road through the rite of passage into adulthood.

After deciding she no longer wants to become a superhero…
…Jane discovers she already is one.


The chant became louder as it crept through the hive, increasing the tension.  It seemed to have had a tune to it with the first beat being emphatic: dum da-da-da, dum da-da-da.  I tried to lean out of my cell to get a better view, but I found that my bottom was glued to something.  I twisted to break free, only to be tangled by the silky glue.  Then the first word of the chant became clear: spin da-da-da, spin da-da-da.  The sound became louder and I realised that as I twisted, more silk appeared and I was becoming wrapped in its gentle fabric.  I spun around, again and again, feeling secure in its soft embrace, while all the time the chant continued.  Then I noticed one of the workers had begun to seal up my cell and I realised that I would soon become a bee.  The tune got louder and, as it reached my part of the hive and the workers all joined in, the words became clear.

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Rebecca Scarberry

Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2015

The first book I ever read by this talented author was the first book: Beyond Dark Waters. I gave it 5 stars because it was highly original and well written. Author, Des Birch received the ePublishing Consortium Writer Award of Merit for that book.

I've enjoyed reading the sequel and I think young adults will love it. They'll love it because the lessons the Quinling learned are lessons all of us could benefit from. . . All life is connected. You'll fall in love with all the species Jane (a Quinling) meets and learns many valuable lessons from. I would categorize this book as `fantasy'. I love fantasy!

I've been asked many times what species I'd want to be if I had a choice. My answer is a bird. This is possibly one reason I love this book so much. Read this wonderful book and you'll quickly see why I say this.

This is a 'stand alone' novel and I highly recommend you read this book and book one!

Rebecca Scarberry (@Scarberryfields on Twitter)



Paula G

Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2017

This is a good book. I think I need to go back and read book 1 first. I started with book2. Jane learns that it's not as easy as she thought about fitting in. It kinda reminds me of high school. There's different groups of kids that hang together.


William Smith

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 12, 2018

I can not wait for Mr. Birch’s next book