Faith: Taking Flight (Hardcover)

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"I liked this! Faith is so lovable, good, and just a little naive to make her endearing. She is the kind of main character you wish you could have as a friend in real life. Aside from the superhero part of the story, this is a high school story. Faith has a job, post-high school questions, pop culture fandoms, friend drama, family problems, and crushes. All totally relatable. Faith is also a self-described fat girl and she is very body positive. But being fat, she has never imagined she could be the object of anyone's crush, until she finds herself in a love triangle with a boy and a girl, both of whom Faith crushes back. What's a girl to do? Recommend read for Julie Murphy readers, casual fans of superheroes, Riverdale, Buffy, Sabrina, and the like."

— Ellen


From Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’, comes the first in a two-book origin story of Faith, a groundbreaking, plus-sized superhero from the Valiant Entertainment comics.

Faith Herbert is a pretty regular teen. When she’s not hanging out with her two best friends, Matt and Ches, she’s volunteering at the local animal shelter or obsessing over the long-running teen drama The Grove.

So far, her senior year has been spent trying to sort out her feelings for her maybe-crush Johnny and making plans to stay close to Grandma Lou after graduation. Of course, there’s also that small matter of recently discovering she can fly….

When the fictional world of The Grove crashes into Faith’s reality as the show relocates to her town, she can’t believe it when TV heroine Dakota Ash takes a romantic interest in her.

But her fandom-fueled daydreams aren’t enough to distract Faith from the fact that first animals, then people, have begun to vanish from the town. Only Faith seems able to connect the dots to a new designer drug infiltrating her high school.

But when her investigation puts the people she loves in danger, she will have to confront her hidden past and use her newfound gifts—risking everything to save her friends and beloved town.

Plus don't miss the follow-up, Faith: Greater Heights!

About the Author

Julie Murphy lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cats who tolerate her. After several wonderful years in the library world, Julie now writes full-time. When she’s not writing or reliving her reference desk glory days, she can be found watching made-for-TV movies, hunting for the perfect slice of cheese pizza, and planning her next great travel adventure. She is also the author of the young adult novels Dumplin’ (now a film on Netflix), Puddin’, Ramona Blue, and Side Effects May Vary. You can visit Julie at

Praise For…

“This #OwnVoices genre and format mashup is fun and memorable, and should produce legions of new Faith superfans.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

“Body positive and deliciously keyed into fandom. Readers will flock to this inclusive romp.” — ALA Booklist

"Putting a queer spin on a tale as old as time, Julie Murphy proves that everyone can be a superhero – no matter their size, gender, or sexual orientation – at heart, we all have the power to make the world a better place!" — The Nerd Daily

“As in all her work, Murphy’s portrayal of a plus-size protagonist is nuanced and heartfelt…. Destined for great heights.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Faith is an awesome, crime-stopping superhero.” — People

“This is a superhero done right.”

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062899651
ISBN-10: 0062899651
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: July 7th, 2020
Pages: 352
Language: English