I noticed this book in the closing credits of The Flying Nun a couple of months ago (it was a really boring Sunday). The title, and the knowledge that it inspired The Flying Nun inspired me - why would it be called The Fifteenth Pelican? Maybe there's something interesting in this book!
It's like Flying Nun fan fiction - really amateurish, and not funny at all although it thinks it is. Not a whole lot happens. The high points of the book are the passages where Sister Bertrille actually flies with a formation of pelicans who accept her - but for some reason not adequately explained, everyone thinks it's a terrible thing. There's a
ZANY! excruciatingly unfunny predicament when she lands in a restricted military base - the author couldn't think of any funny lines for anybody, though.
At least it's short.
From the back cover:
"Sister Bertrille, How could you?"
The Daughters of Charity at the Convent San Tanco were shocked. A nun doesn't fly! But Sister Bertrille upset more rules than the rules of gravity, and soon the convent, the Mother Superior, and the town of San Juan were shaken by her antics. Basis for the hit television series, this wonderful story of a flying nun is a modern classic of humor, chosen by Best-In-Books and a selection of the Catholic Digest Book Club and the Catholic Family Book Club.
"It will be read again and again by those who love laughter." - The PILOT
From the reviewer:
Cute and funny - this book is a quick enjoyable read. For fans of the show, you will see a few similarities between the television pilot and the book, but the book is so much more adorable because of the pelicans. Sister Bertrille takes to flying not just because she is small and wears a starched cornet shaped like a paper airplane, but because the pelicans invite her along. But it doesn't take long before Sister Bertrille realizes a great big and important difference between pelicans and herself - they have wings that flap. Read to find out how this difference gets Sister Bertrille into a whole lot of international trouble.