From Publishers Weekly
Born to Fly: The Heroic Story of Downed U.S. Navy Pilot Lt. Shane Osborn by Shane Osborn with Malcolm McConnell tells the story of a young American pilot, his life-long love of flying and the fateful events that led him to receive the Navy's highest airmanship honor. Michael French adapted the book for young readers from the simultaneously published adult title, Born to Fly: The Untold Story of the Downed American Reconnaissance Plane.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-A fascinating story of endurance, courage, and patriotism. French has adapted Osborn's adult book for young people. He tells the story of a boy's dream to become a pilot, his formal flight training in the Navy, and how his skill and stamina were tested as commander of an EP-3E reconnaissance aircraft. In April, 2001, an inflight collision with a Chinese fighter over China during a routine surveillance mission turned into an international incident. Osborn managed to land the damaged aircraft, save his crew, and survive interrogation and imprisonment by the Chinese. He inspired his crew to get through their ordeal and came out a hero to all. The book reads like fiction, with lots of dialogue. The brief glossary of aviation terms is useful and the photos and map enhance the readable text. Black-and-white photos appear in an eight-page center section. A good choice for anyone considering a career in the military and for fans of true-adventure survival stories.David M. Alperstein, Queens Borough Public Library, NY
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