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Flying Solo Paperback – November 10, 2008
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July Siebecker, Hubbard Memorial Library, MA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
More About the Author
Ralph's many books for students include picture books (Twilight Comes Twice, Hello Harvest Moon, and The Sandman), novels (Fig Pudding, Flying Solo, and Spider Boy), poetry (A Writing Kind of Day and Moving Day), and a memoir, Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid. His novel Uncle Daddy was awarded the Christopher medal in 2002. He has also written a popular series of books for young writers including Poetry Matters, Live Writing, and A Writer's Notebook. Ralph lives with his family in New Hampshire. He is a strong environmentalist who believes we all must work together to live in a more sustainable way. His other passions include travel, good food, dark chocolate, growing orchids, and sports.
Top Customer Reviews
I would give this book 5 stars because it is a school adventure and it is a life lesson. The theme is not to lie to the principle and tell the truth. The life lesson is not to lie but tell the truth.
The story is about a lot of people one is named Sky he is from north California, there is a girl named Rachael she is obsessed with planes, Karen is a girl with black hair and she was a born leader. Then there is Jessica she is a neat freak and she is the tallest person in her class, Bastian is a guy who loves puppies and his dad was in the army plus his real name is Sabastian. Christopher is a nasty spoiled kid and his mom is president of the P.T.A. and Sean is a short girl.
The setting in the story is school and the story all starts with Rachael, Jessica, and Karen. Miss Munchmore can't make it to school on Friday, so the class has to make it through the day without a teacher and with out any body noticing.
My favorite part of it is when they have to make it through the day with out a teacher.
The conflict of the book is man vs. himself. The conflict of the book is man vs. himself because Rachael thinks it was her fault that Tommy feathers died because when Tommy Feathers offers her a pie and she didn't accept it.
In conclusion, I would recommend this book to a fourth grader because I think you should read it and take the challenge. See if you can figure out the rest of the important parts. You should try to figure out the most important part of the book.
Review by B.M., age 10 (4 Stars ****)
I think this book deserves four stars because it's a life lesson tied in with a school adventure.
It all starts with three girls Rachel, Karen, and Jessica. Their teacher Mr.Read more ›
What happens in the story is a girl named Rachel White decides to remain silent, and she hasn't talked for six months. One day, The teacher, Mr (Fab)iano, planned a vacation, and the substitute is sick, leaving Mr. Fabiano's class teacher-less. The class decides to run the class themselves, and I'm sure anyone would like to party when there is no teacher, but with Karen Ballard around, the natural-born leader, the class is doing their own work. Things go pretty well in the class until Bastian Fauvell, air-force brat's rock ritual, with deep emotions from Rachel White about Tommy Feathers, the boy who died exactly six months ago.
I loved this book because it is very exciting with a sad touch to it. This is a great book. But I have read one other Ralph Fletcher book, Fig Pudding, and in both of these someone dies. I don't like it that much, But it can actually spice up the whole story. Flying Solo is sort of based on the death of Tommy Feathers unless the book wouldn't be as good. I much prefer this over Fig Pudding, but that's just me. If you like excitement with deep emotions, read this book!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked how the kids ran the class by themselves. I dislike how misunderstanding their parents were about them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by a_doc
I was on a mission to collect books today so I went to this church to find some free ones where all kinds of homeless people hang out. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary Schmidt
Interesting but sad. It really got my attention. I enjoyed reading the book. Michael R., 5th grader, Falls Church, VAPublished 2 months ago by Kerry O'Malley Ames
It is a funny, yet sad book at the same time. I cried, and I laughed... Great book.Published 2 months ago by Tracy Spackman
I feel like this book was a good book, but not the best. The author used very simple words, and I like it when the books are challenging not easy.Published 6 months ago by kristine woody
First of all this was a great book, it had different narratives and was really personal and has great details. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Firestar